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Caption: Prison Poetry Workshop
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Sending radio waves through prison walls we reach an audience with content that may change their life. The Prison Poetry Workshop is the only national radio series linking prisoners to the outside world through the power of poetry. Each program has an interactive writing exercise lead by a nationally renowned poet that invites all listeners to submit a poem to the Prison Poetry Workshop. Sit in any prison classroom or recreation room and ask: How many writers are in the room? How many people are writing rhymes or poems? Carefully-folded pieces of paper come out of pockets – words written in tightly stylized hand-writing. As we listen to these poems we realize they hold a deep significance to our understanding of American culture and its tradition of democratic arts.

Caption: Prison Poetry Workshop
23 Pieces

Sit in any prison classroom or recreation room and ask: How many writers are in the room? How many people are writing rhymes or poems? Carefully-folded pieces of paper come out of pockets – words written in tightly stylized hand-writing. As we listen to these poems we realize they hold a deep significance to our understanding of American culture and its tradition of democratic arts.

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In the late 1970's, Mary McAnally led a poetry workshop for the inmates at Stringtown Prison in Stringtown, Okla. She taught at the prison twice a ...

Bought by KFAI and KOSU


  • Added: Dec 12, 2011
  • Length: 10:10
  • Purchases: 2
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We asked poet Norbert Krapf to record a workshop for us. Check it out and then put pen to paper! Prison Poetry Workshop has asked poets from acros...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 04:26
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kyes Stevens
We asked poet Kyes Steven of Auburn University's Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project to record a workshop for us. Take a listen. Prison Poetr...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Feb 10, 2014
  • Length: 05:30
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Dwayne Betts
We asked poet & writer Dwayne Betts to record a workshop for us. Take a listen. Prison Poetry Workshop has asked poets from across the country to r...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Feb 10, 2014
  • Length: 05:43
  • Purchases: 1
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Judith has taught poetry in prisons across the United States and intensively at San Quentin and other California prisons through Arts-in-Correction...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 07:27
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We asked poet Buzz Alexander of University of Michigan's Prison Creative Art Project to record a poetry workshop for us. Prison Poetry Workshop ha...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Feb 10, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Prison Creative Arts Project
The Prison Creative Art Project (PCAP) brings together artist from inside and outside the prison walls of Michigan to create a vibrant arts communi...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 12:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Victoria Sammartino is the Founder and executive director of Voices UnBroken a Bronx-based non-profit organization that facilitates creative writin...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 06:12
  • Purchases: 1
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Poet Cara Benson leads a powerful writing workshop at the Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Saratoga County, New York. We listen in as a group ...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 21:03
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dwayne Betts
Poetry is form of self-expression that’s become vital to the incarcerated. To mark National Poetry Month, we bring you a special production by the ...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Join the Prison Poetry Workshop as we travel to New Orleans and join a group of prison poets who are taking on Walt Whitman.

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Feb 10, 2014
  • Length: 07:31
  • Purchases: 1
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Sherry Reiter is Director of The Creative “Righting” Center, a poetry therapy training center for helping professionals. I spoke with Dr. Sherry ab...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2013
  • Length: 05:24
Caption: Patrick Mathieu
Patrick Mathieu is a New York city based artist who majored in dance at City College of New York and had a successful career as a performer. Then, ...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 09:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Richard Spiegel
Richard Spiegel is a writer, arts administrator, teacher, educator, and poet.
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Our time with Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop was powerful! D.C. youth who are shipped into the Federal prison system had little contact ...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Feb 10, 2014
  • Length: 19:20
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Spoon Jackson at New Folsom Prison
Long before the term La Vida Loca became a song hook for early-aught pop star Ricky Martin, in Los Angeles California, it denoted a lifestyle.The c...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Jan 28, 2014
  • Length: 53:04
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lead Belly, Credit: Lead Belly Foundation
We take to the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana to ask folks about their connection to the criminal justice system. In the state of Louisiana, ...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Jan 28, 2014
  • Length: 50:03
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dudley Randall
Michigan has always been home to a number of bustling American enterprises, including the prison industry. Each year, the state's correctional faci...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Jan 27, 2014
  • Length: 54:27
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Voices UnBroken, Credit: Voices UnBroken
A poet famous for writing about the civil rights movement and for epitomizing black arts movement feminism, Sonia Sanchez passed through Attica’s g...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Jan 27, 2014
  • Length: 54:52
  • Purchases: 1
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Caption: The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project , Credit: The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project
John Lomax and his son Alan toured the South in the 1930s gathering music for the Library of Congress. Life then, and now, can be pretty tough in ...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Jan 28, 2014
  • Length: 54:18
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Prison Poetry Workshop
Sit in any prison classroom or recreation room and ask: How many writers are in the room? How many people are writing rhymes or poems? Carefully-fo...

Bought by KRZA, KSFR, KFOK-LPFM, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 18, 2014
  • Length: 13:53
  • Purchases: 4