God Is A Woman

God Is A Woman is one of the many literary works by prisoners hoping to be published in the 57th issue of the Columbia Journal. Founded in 1977 by students in the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Writing … Continue reading

“No More Massacres,” How Solutions to America’s Gun Violence Can Be Found In It’s Prisons

No More Massacres is a collaborative work of art, between imprisoned poet, Darryl Burnside, and the world’s most prolific prisoner-artist, Donald “C-Note” Hooker [1]. Imprisoned for life at 16, Burnside had been greatly affected watching year after year, teens and … Continue reading

Philadelphia Form Holds Portraits of Justice Symposium

Portraits of Justice is a daylong symposium that will engage the public in reimagining the criminal justice system through the lens of art, advocacy, and policy reform. A diverse and robust roster of directly impacted artists, practitioners, government officials, and … Continue reading

WOULD ARETHA HAVE RENDERED, THIS IMPRISONED, BLACK POET’S RENDITION, OF “MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE”?

In 2017, at the annual Congressional Black Caucus, Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee stated, “Mass incarceration is the Civil Rights of our time.” Would 20th century civil rights activists Aretha Franklin had lent her voice to the 21st century version of “My Country Tis of Thee,” whose opening stanza is “My Country, is Still not Free”? Continue reading

WRONGLY CONVICTED DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED NEAR DEAF-MUTE NEEDS LEGAL HELP

We are writing this appeal for legal services on behalf of Ivan Warren, an illiterate, developmentally disabled, near deaf-mute, schizophrenic, California State prisoner. Ivan found himself in trouble with the law when three non-intimate associates needed to find themselves a … Continue reading

Resilience: The 28th Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry

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“fern”
symbol of endurance and resourcefulness

The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. “An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.” (Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary) Continue reading

Works In Coffee by Prisoners at Renowned New York Coffeehouse

“Everything Coffee,” is the name of a Prisoner Art exhibition curated by Treacy Ziegler of Prisoner Express. The exhibition consists of two shows; one in January of 2018 at Gimme Coffee’s Cayuga Street coffeehouse in Ithaca, New York; the other … Continue reading