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Saturday, June 17 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Poetry and Publishing from Inside

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What is the role of the poetry workshop in prison activism and decarceration? This session presents a poetry reading from participants in poetry workshops in prisons in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Michigan followed by a discussion with a previously incarcerated poet, facilitators of workshops inside, and a publisher of poems from inside strategizing how poetry workshops can serve incarcerated publics and double as space to destabilize carceral logic. We consider ways publishing can build coalition between people inside and outside and challenge public perceptions of the prison system.


Jonathan Rajewski

Hamtramck Free School
Jonathan Rajewski is a painter who holds a degree in philosophy from Michigan State University. He runs Klinger Street Studios, is the editor of Soft Sculpture Press and is one of the founding members of the Hamtramck Free School. Since 2013 he has been facilitating a weekly creative... Read More →
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Rosie Stockton

Writer's Block Facilitator at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility
Rosie Stockton is a poet based in Detroit, Michigan. They recently received their M.A. in Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University and edited BathHouse Journal and Weekday Journal. Their writing has been published by Publication Studio, Monster House Press, BigBig Wednesday... Read More →

James D. Thomas

James D. Thomas is a juvenile lifer sentenced to mandatory life without parole at 15 years old, released in late April after 30 years of incarceration. He writes "I am an aspiring writer and gifted speaker. My quest for freedom motivates my writing. Poetry allows me to escape my confinement... Read More →

Richard Wehrenberg

MonsterHouse Press
Richard Wehrenberg, Jr. is a poet, book designer, & wolf hybrid from Cleveland, Ohio living in Bloomington, Indiana. They are the author of the pamphlet Reset North America To Default Settings, the chapbook Hands, & co-author, with Ross Gay, of River. They are the co-founder of... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
State Hall: Room 106