Hosted by Rend Smith, Prison Poetry Workshop is a public radio show that travels across the country exploring the history and stories connected to the prison poetry literary form.

Sit in any prison classroom or recreation room and ask: How many writers are in the room? How many people are writing rhymes or poems? Carefully-folded pieces of paper come out of pockets – words written in tightly stylized hand-writing. As we listen to these poems we realize they hold a deep significance to our understanding of American culture and its tradition of democratic arts.  

Prison Poetry Workshop is a project of Roadside Theater/Appalshop in collaboration with Working Narratives.  Link to Prison Poetry Workshop

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