Free Minds Members Changing the Narrative on Book TV!

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop is spreading the message of “books and belonging,” as we like to say, on a national platform! We had the pleasure of inviting C-SPAN 2’s Book TV crew into the DC Jail to film one of our book club sessions in its entirety.

Book TV filmed and produced a segment documenting our book club on the education unit at the DC Jail, with Free Minds Book Club Facilitators Clint Smith and Stacey Houston. The book club on the education unit meets biweekly, with book club members—many of whom had little to no exposure to literature prior joining the club—coming together to read, engage in group discussion, and write and share poetry. Read More

Author Danielle Evans Visits Book Club at DC Jail

Danielle Evans, acclaimed author of the short story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, sat down with the members of one of our book clubs at the DC Jail for a wide-ranging discussion on writing, voice, perspective, fiction, and more.

Free Minds conducts book clubs on two units at the DC Jail, the education unit and the young adult unit (ages 18-25). The members of the education unit read and discussed the book Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self in anticipation of the session with Danielle Evans, who also teaches writing in addition to her career as a fiction writer. Read More

Author Tiffany Jackson Visits Free Minds Book Club at New Beginnings

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop launched its book club at New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Fall 2018. A residential treatment facility for youths, the development center provides rehabilitation and planning for young people through educational services, workforce development, health care, and community engagement. Read More

Free Minds on PBS: The Great American Read

This fall, Free Minds members made history! Free Minds was featured in a nationally televised program, PBS’s The Great American ReadRead More

Author and Poetry Slam Champion Elizabeth Acevedo Visits Free Minds Book Club at the DC Jail

The author and self-proclaimed spoken word artist Elizabeth Acevedo, who is no stranger to titles (National Poetry Slam Champion and author of New York Times bestselling novel-in-verse The Poet X), made a guest appearance to discuss her novel, The Poet X, and promote determination, resilience, change, and healing for these young men affected by systemic racism and mass incarceration. Our Jail Book Club members took away the importance of sharing your story, perseverance, and using your creativity to create paths to success. Read More