Prisoner Express Poetry

From the very beginning of Prisoner Express, we have received poetry from prisoners. As we received more submissions we took the hint and began to feature prisoner poems in our newsletter. With the help of volunteers we have staged a number of public readings of prisoner poems, as well as conducted poetry contests for prisoners who wish to participate. Poetry provides a means where the prisoners we work with can freely express themselves. We invite you to read their writings and step into their world.

Click here to see the anthologies, and see recent posts below.

Prisoners, COVID and Creativity: Prisoner Express Poetry Anthology Volume 24

This edition of the  Prisoner Express Poetry Anthology stands alone, as all of the entries were received during the pandemic. Those of us on the outside have a better understanding of the effects of isolation on our well-being. In prisons everything shut down and prisoners often watched the virus spread in their ranks. Many suffered,…

Chapbook Club Update 2: Elizabeth S. Wolf

Last time I wrote about how I got involved in a chapbook project with Prisoner Express while hunkered down at home during the pandemic. But that’s not the only place my words traveled this year. I was selected to be part of a digital archive project that is literally out of this world: Writers On…

Chapbook Club Update 1: Elizabeth S. Wolf

Like many people, I spent about 15 months at home during the pandemic. But my words have traveled widely. I learned about Prisoner Express from my Cornell junior. But I didn’t really think much about the program, since I was busy in my own lane. Two things changed that. One, the much loved founder of…

Chapbook Club Winter 2020 – 2021

I am no longerthe woman I was back then.Wife. Daughter. Shadow. Elizabeth Wolf An exciting new program this cycle is a chapbook club made possible by author Elizabeth Wolf, who has donated 300 copies of her poetry chapbook Did You Know. A chapbook is a book of poems that relate to a central theme and…

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Current & Past Poetry Anthologies from Prisoner Express

Here's some of the past anthologies we've printed and mailed to prisoners enrolled in our poetry programs. All of these anthologies are available for download and printing (see our copyright statement below) – simply click the PDF you'd like to download.

Poetry #19
Poetry #18
Poetry #17
Poetry #16
Poetry #15
Poetry #14
Poetry #13
Poetry #12
Poetry #11
Poetry #10
Poetry #9
Poetry #8
Poetry #7
Poetry #6
Poetry #5
Poetry #4
Poetry #3
Poetry #2
Poetry #1

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