Alisha and Maurice

Maurice’s Story

“Free Minds keeps me focused on doing better and giving back to the young people who are now where I once was.”—Maurice, age 23

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Alisha Bleak House Awards Ceremony

Free Minds Poets in Tacenda Literary Magazine

On Thursday, March 27th, several Free Minds members were recognized at the annual BleakHouse Publishing Awards Ceremony. BleakHouse Publishing is an independent, non-profit press dedicated to writing and art focused on social justice themes; the most recent of their literary journal, Tacenda, features Free Minds poetry.Read More

Anthony reading at GMU

Looking Through a Window from Prison

Free Minds had the privilege of participating in a collaborative photography project called Windows from Prison, directed by photographer Mark Strandquist. In April, several of the Free Minds Poet Ambassadors visited George Mason University for a poetry reading as part of the Windows from Prison Project public exhibition.Read More

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“I loved going to the book club, I didn’t have to be tough and aggressive, I could just be me…that helped me to embrace who I am and accept it.”

– Jonas, Age 23