April 27th – Free Minds Book Club

We Can Be the Change: Voices of Incarcerated Youth
Free Minds Poetry Reading & Community Dialogue
Wednesday, April 27th at 7 p.m. 
Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003 [Map]
Reserve Your Free Tickets Here

Read about Writers in Schools and Free Minds Book Club in The Washington Post.

Please join us for an evening of poetry and community dialogue brought to you by Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop and PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program.

Be a part of the solution by listening to poetry and first-hand experiences from the formerly incarcerated poets featured in The Untold Story of the Real Me: Young Voices from Prison, a literary journal collecting poetry by Free Minds members and personal essays by young men who are now home from prison and overcoming the odds. Following the poetry reading, there will be a moderated discussion about causes and potential solutions to violence in our city. Panelists will include formerly incarcerated Free Minds members as well as other returning citizens who have overcome the odds. By getting everyone on the same page, we create a stronger, healthier community.

Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential. Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community. This mirrors the mission of PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools, which works to foster an active and thoughtful next generation of readers by bringing professional writers and their recent works directly into DC classrooms for discussions about literature and life.

In the past four years, Free Minds and PEN/Faulkner have teamed up to blend these two programs, bringing Free Minds writers who are home from prison into high school classrooms to read and discuss their own poetry and experiences with local students. This evening gives Free Minds and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation the opportunity to extend this work out into the broader community.

We Can Be the Change: Voices of Incarcerated Youth is made possible by a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

On the Same Page: Voices of Incarcerated Youth – April 2, 2013 at Hill Center

 

ON THE SAME PAGE: Voices of Incarcerated Youth

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 
7—9 p.m.
FREE
Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Join PEN/Faulkner and Hill Center for an evening of poetry and community dialogue brought to you by Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop. Come hear formerly incarcerated youth share their experiences at the DC Jail and in federal prison and express their personal stories of change through poetry. A moderated discussion on the root causes of youth incarceration and community solutions will follow. 

Free Minds empowers DC youth incarcerated in the adult criminal justice system to write new chapters in their lives. Through weekly book club sessions at the DC Jail, teenage boys discover the power of reading and writing as tools for self-awareness, healing, and change. This mirrors the mission of PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program, which works to foster and active and thoughtful generation of readers by bringing professional writers and their recent works directly into DC classrooms for discussions about literature and life. In the past year, Free Minds and PEN/Faulkner have teamed up to merge these two programs, bringing Free Minds writers who’ve been released from prison into classrooms to read and discuss their own writing and experiences with local students. This event gives Free Minds and PEN/Faulkner the opportunity to extend this work into the broader community.

While this event is free and open to the public, guests should register for the event with Hill Center here