Free Minds Wins Library of Congress Best Practices Award

November 11, 2015

On October 27th, Executive Director Tara Libert accepted the “Best Practices in Literacy” Award from the Library of Congress, and joined other honored literacy organizations…

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Free Minds Launches “The Untold Story of the Real Me” with Poetry, Music, and Tears

November 4, 2015

“Free Minds, just with books, poetry, and expressing myself, they saved my life. Not from harm or death, but from giving up.” – Andre

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Poetry from Prison: #10000JournalsForHope

September 28, 2015

Watch this video by Sojourners Magazine about Free Minds member Rafael whose poem “Peace” is in our literary journal, The Untold Story of the Real Me:…

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Share the Untold Story of Incarcerated Youth

September 14, 2015

Our Oct. 17th launch party sold out, but you can still help us share the voices of incarcerated youth, and hear some of those voices…

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The Untold Story: Young Voices from Prison

September 11, 2015

Join us on Saturday, October 17th, for a very special event celebrating the launch of our newest literary journal, The Untold Story of the Real…

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Our City, Our Voices

July 27, 2015

By Jess Lawson, Communications and Outreach Coordinator This June, Free Minds had the great pleasure of participating in a collaborative music and poetry event as…

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Free Minds Wins Aspen Ideas Award to Take Write Night National

July 10, 2015

The Aspen Institute honored Free Minds with the $25,000 Aspen Ideas Award to replicate our poetry program connecting individuals with outside community members nation-wide.

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Expressive Poetry Network Launched with Pongo Teen Writing

June 24, 2015

We were honored to host Richard Gold, founder and director of the Pongo Teen Writing Project, for a series of events aimed at sharing techniques…

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You’re Invited! Our Voices Musical Performance

June 5, 2015

Our City Festival Our Voices (Live Performance) Curated By: Chris Ousley & Free Minds Date: June 7, 2015 Time: 3-5 pm Location: Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library’s Great Hall…

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Do More 24 on Thursday, June 4

June 1, 2015

Make your gift count. Support Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop on Thursday for Do More 24, a special day of giving. This year, we…

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BleakHouse Awards Ceremony: A chance to hear a different point of view

April 23, 2015

By Jess Lawson, Free Minds intern On Thursday, March 26, students, poets, professors, and social justice advocates alike gathered for a night of celebration and…

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February Apprenticeship Program Graduates Six Free Minds Members

April 23, 2015

By Jess Lawson, Free Minds intern Congratulations to Anthony, David M., David T., Josh, Ricardo, and Tavon, who recently graduated from the Free Minds Job…

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You’re Invited: Poetry Reading and Discussion

April 15, 2015

Join us on Monday, April 20, from 7-8:30 pm at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital for an evening of poetry and community…

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Teaching Others to Tell Their Own Stories

March 4, 2015

You’re Invited! Join us on Monday, March 30, for a workshop on teaching therapeutic writing for youth, led by Richard Gold of the award-winning Pongo…

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Free Minds on the Front Page!

March 3, 2015

Check out the article from the front page of The Washington Post “How a book club is helping to keep ex-offenders from going back to jail” by…

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Free Minds and Free Hearts at the Department of Education

January 27, 2015

By Jess Lawson, Free Minds Intern “It means that somebody cares, even if they don’t know you,” said Gary, a Free Minds member and Poet…

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Author Shaka Senghor Talks Writing, Transformation

January 22, 2015

“It’s hard to look at y’all in those orange jumpsuits,” the imposing muscle-bound man told young members of Free Minds as they filed into the…

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Author George Pelecanos Visits the Free Minds Book Club

January 12, 2015

Even famous authors have to deal with rejection. That’s what veteran DC crime novelist, George Pelecanos told Free Minds Book Club members who gathered in…

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The Power of Public Speaking

January 9, 2015

By Sherman Justice “Free Minds has taught me that being the griot of your own personal story is one of the greatest attributes that you…

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My Introduction to Free Minds

August 28, 2014

By JoAnne Allen A book is a small thing to share with somebody. Yet a book can lead to big changes in the life of…

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