ON THE SAME PAGE: Voices of Incarcerated Youth

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 
7—9 p.m.
Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

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