D'Angelo (right) and other Free Minds poets are featured in the 2016 issue of the Tacenda Literary Magazine from American University's BleakHouse Publishing.
Once warmer than the deserts of the Sudan
Now colder than an Arctic blizzard
Winds so sharp like daggers to the face
Lost to everything like an asteroid floating through space
– DeAngelo, Age 23
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.
Winner of the 2015 Aspen Ideas Award from the Aspen Institute, the Justice Stewart Potter Award from the Council for Court Excellence, and the Library of Congress Best Practices in Literacy Award.