Free Minds Poet Ambassadors

Free Minds’ “On the Same Page” outreach program visited both Cesar Chavez Public Policy High School and Center City Public Charter School in Spring 2013. At Cesar Chavez, Poet Ambassadors Gary, Andre, Latrae and Michael came to speak individually about their experiences during incarceration, the stigma a formerly incarcerated person might feel, and the harsh…

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In April, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop assumed programming duties for The Beat Within writing workshop at New Beginnings Youth Development Center, DC’s Juvenile Detention Facility. The Beat Within also publishes a weekly magazine of youth writing; Free Minds members have been regular contributors for years. Now, Free Minds is building on this…

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Walter Dean Myers

In 2012, Free Minds was honored to host several guest authors at the DC Jail! Many of the 16- and 17-year-old members of the Book Club have never read a book before coming to the jail. It is incredibly powerful not only to be able to connect with a book for the first time, but…

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In 2011, Free Minds began a series of Volunteer Write Nights in which members of the Washington community come together for an evening of poetry, food, and friends. In the months since the first Write Night, the event has grown exponentially, reaching new people across the metro area.

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On the Same Page at MaiAngel

Free Minds has launched a new community initiative which uses our literary journal They Call Me 299-359 as a tool for education, reflection, and healing. “On the Same Page: Free Minds Poetry in the Community and the Classroom” is led by Free Minds senior members now home after serving their sentences, and uses a format of shared…

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