For Inmates

These programs are not affiliated with Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop in any way.

Books

Books Through Bars: PA, NY, NJ, DE, MD, WV, and VA

Please request by topic (not exact title or author), and provide several areas of interest if possible. Please be patient. We get so many requests that it may take a while to receive the books.  Please wait a few months after receiving books before requesting again.

Address: 4722 Baltimore Ave,Philadelphia, PA 19143, United States
Phone:(215) 727-8170

Prisoner Express (books, pen pal, art program): Nationwide

Prisoners can specify the types of books they are interested and we fulfill these requests to the best of our ability.

Address: 127 Anabel Taylor Hall – Cornell University – Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-6486

Prison Books Collective: NC and AL only

The Prison Books Collective is a Carrboro, NC-based group that sends hundreds of books to prisoners in North Carolina and Alabama each month.

Address: Prison Books Collective: Publishing and Distribution, PO Box 625, Carrboro, NC 27510
E-mail Address: prisonbooks@gmail.com

 Open Books: Florida only

The Prison Book Project sends thousands of books each year to indigent inmates in Florida prisons, the largest prison system in the country and one sorely lacking basic books. Prisoners simply have to send us a letter and we send them books.

Address: 1040 N Guillemard St., Pensacola, FL 32501
Phone: (850) 453-6774

Women’s Prison Book Project (Women and Transgender persons only): Nationwide

Since 1994, the Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) has provided women and transgender persons in prison with free reading materials covering a wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and women’s health.

Address: Women’s Prison Book Project, c/o Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd  Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
E-mail Address: womensprisonbookproject@gmail.com

 DC Prison Book Project: Nationwide

Sends donated reading material to prisoners and educates the public about issues surrounding prisoner education and literacy.  Give about a 3 month turnaround time.

Address: DC Books to Prisons, PO Box 34190, Washington, DC 20043-4190
E-mail Address: btopdc@gmail.com

Prison Library Project: Nationwide

The nonprofit, which is mostly staffed by volunteers, mails more than 30,000 books, magazines, and audio tapes each year to libraries and inmates in 600 prisons, jails, and detention centers throughout the United States.

Address: 586 West First Street, Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 626-3066

Inside Books Project: Texas

Based in central Austin, the Inside Books Project (IBP) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization sending free books and educational materials to people in prison in the state of Texas.

Address: Inside Books Project, c/o 12th Street Books, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 647-4803

Prisoners Literature Project: Nationwide

The Prisoners Literature Project is an all-volunteer, non-profit group that sends free books directly to prisoners who request them from throughout the United States.

Address: Prisoners Literature Project, c/o Bound Together Books, 1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Writing/Art/Poetry

PEN Prison Writing Program: Nationwide

PEN’s Prison Writing Program sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes a free Handbook for Writers In Prison, provides one-on-one mentoring to inmates, conducts workshops, and seeks to promote inmates’ work publicly through literary publications and readings.

Address: PEN Writing Awards for Prisoners
PEN American Center
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
Phone Number: (212) 334-1660

Iron City Magazine

An online and print journal devoted entirely to writing and art from the prison world. It is our hope that through this creative platform, incarcerated artists and writers find value in their stories, fuel for personal growth, and pride in their accomplishments. Accepting poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art.

Submissions may be emailed to ironcitymagazine@gmail.com or mailed to PO Box 370, Tempe, AZ 85280. They accept handwritten or typed submissions. For full guidelines go to ironcitymagazine.org.

BleakHouse Publishing

BleakHouse Publishing is an independent press devoted to creative writing, art, and photography on social justice. They regularly feature incarcerated people’s writing in their literary journal, Tacenda.

Address: Professor Robert Johnson, BleakHouse Publishing, Dept. of Justice, Law, and Criminology, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Email: bleakhousepublishing@gmail.com

Prisons Foundation: Nationwide

If you are a prisoner who has written a book, or would like to write a book, we want to publish it. All books on any subject are welcome. We do not screen or censor in any way, so you are free to write anything you wish. There is no charge to you to publish your book and no charge to anyone who wishes to read it.

Address: 1600 K St NW # 501  Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202)- 393-1511

The Prisons Art Coalition: Nationwide

Established in 2008, the Prison Arts Coalition (PAC) is a national network for information and resources about existing prison arts programs in the United States.

E-mail Address: PACoalitionadmin@gmail.com

Prison Art Project: Nationwide

Run by an ex-convict, the Prison Art Project provides a means for prisoners to sell and display their artwork.

Address: PO Box 47439, Seattle, WA 98146-7439, United States
Phone: (206) 271-5003

California Prison Focus: Nationwide

“Prison Focus” Newsletter, Our newspaper/newsletter, is primarily by prisoners and for prisoners, their friends and families.

Address: 1904 Franklin St, Suite 507, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 836-7222

Art Behind Bars, Inc.: Nationwide

Art Behind Bars is an art-based community service program that has a national call for artists on the inside to donate their work as a community service for use by other nonprofit organizations. All donated art is shown twice a year. Ex-prisoners are invited to submit art to Art After Bars at the same contact.

Address: P.O. Box 2034, Key West, FL 33045 – 2034
Phone:(305) 304-4772

 

Pen Pals

Black and Pink: Nationwide

Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Contact Black & Pink for more information about their pen pal program.

Address: 614 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone: 617-519-4387
Email: members@blackandpink.org

Tranzmission Prison Books (LGBTQI): Nationwide

Tranzmission Prison Project is an organization based out of Asheville, North Carolina that sends books and resources to LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex) prisoners nationwide. We also run a crucial penpal program that connects LGBTQI prisoners with non-incarcerated folks.

Address: 67 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
E-mail: prisonbooks31@hotmail.com

P.O.W Pal Program: Nationwide

Mission: Establish and maintain communication between those in prison and those in the community.

Address: Shaquil Sulaiman, 15225 Old Columbia pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866

For more information:

Prison Book Program National Prisoner Resource List

The Prison Arts Coalition Programs

Inside Books Project Resource Guide

“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