Prison Book Club: End of Year Reflections and Inspiring Resilience

January 16, 2024

As we look forward to the start of 2024 here at Free Minds and in the Prison Book Club, we reflect on a past year…

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Reentry Book Club: Free Minds Members Continue to Excel!

December 4, 2023

Greetings from the Free Minds Community! Since our last report, we have some exciting news here at Free Minds headquarters, including lots of graduations! Members…

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Community Ties Far and Wide

September 27, 2023

This past summer at Free Minds has been all about connecting with our members and all of the Free Minds community near and far. Despite…

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Join the Free Minds Team

September 1, 2023

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop seeks a passionate, experienced project manager and editorial leader to helm our Prison Book Club program, a long-distance, correspondence-based program with members incarcerated in prisons across the country. Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Prison Book Club Manager will ensure high quality service delivery for 800+ incarcerated members; this includes the publication of a magazine, personalized selection and shipment of thousands of books to incarcerated readers, coordination of a letter writing program with hundreds of volunteers, and facilitation of interactive digital events to foster community connections between writers and readers across prison walls.

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Building Wealth with Author Cedric Nash

June 21, 2023

In June 2023, author Cedric Nash joined our Men and Women’s Book Clubs at the DC Jail to discuss his book Why Should White Guys…

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Finding Balance Within Expectations

June 14, 2023

Our most recent Connect Magazine, Free Minds’ bimonthly publication written by and for our members, focuses on the theme of Expectations. In the Expectations Connect,…

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Free Minds Members Spring Forward

April 20, 2023

This spring has marked a season of continued success as 2023 comes around in full swing. Free Minds members are out and about at job…

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Updates from the Prison Book Club: A Great End to 2022

January 13, 2023

As we look forward to all that 2023 has in store for us here at Free Minds, we would like to take time to highlight…

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Reentry Updates: Growth and Connection

December 15, 2022

As 2022 draws to a close, we are so grateful for how this year has been one for building connections and growing together. After over…

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Author and NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony Visits Book Club

August 20, 2022

On August 5, 2022, NBA star and author Carmelo Anthony came to speak with members of our Youth Book Club, a program that brings literature…

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Award-Winning Short Film Based on Free Minds Poetry

September 16, 2021

“Lines,” an animated short film featuring poetry by six Free Minds members, won both the Audience Award and Jury Award for Best Animated Short at the Woodshole Film Festival.

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Join the Free Minds Team

August 6, 2021

teaching artist will co-facilitate 2-3 book clubs weekly at Youth Services Center, DC Jail, and Correctional Treatment Facility, and will work closely with the Book Club Manager and Lead Facilitator.

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Reentry Updates: Summer of Community Building and Innovation

August 5, 2021

Happy summer from the Free Minds Family! Thanks to you, our reentry program has not only been a constant source of support, solace, and reassurance…

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Lines: Animated Short Film of Free Minds Poetry

July 15, 2021

“Lines,” an animated short film featuring poetry by six Free Minds members, is playing at three film festivals in July and August. “Lines” includes poems…

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Free Minds Honored with Juliette Gimon Courage Award

May 20, 2021

Free Minds is honored to receive the Juliette Gimon Courage Award from Global Fund for Children, recognizing the perseverance of three organizations working to advance…

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Lines: Animated Short Film at Indy Film Fest

May 5, 2021

Poetry by Free Minds members Alfredo, Aundrey, DC, Myron, Tavon, and Terrell is featured in the new animated short film, “Lines,” by Claire Fleming and…

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The Arts and Emotional Well-Being: Dialogue with Sitar Arts Center

April 7, 2021

Free Minds Poet Ambassador Gordon will take the virtual stage at 5:00 PM EST on April 8th for the Sitar Arts Center Salon Dialogue on…

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Lines: New Animated Short Film Featuring Free Minds Poetry

February 18, 2021

Poetry by Free Minds members Alfredo, Aundrey, DC, Myron, Tavon, and Terrell is featured in the new animated short film, “Lines,” by Claire Fleming and…

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Literature for Justice: A Path Forward

December 19, 2020

The National Book Foundation, in partnership with Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop and Public Welfare Foundation, hosted the conclusion to a three-year “Literature for Justice” program that curates an annual reading list on the complex issue of mass incarceration.

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How you can stir up some ‘good trouble’ through causes John Lewis supported

September 19, 2020

Free Minds was honored to be included in this list of causes supported by the late Congressman John Lewis. Lewis visited members of our program…

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