Free Time: Building a Community of Mentors for Incarcerated Writers

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 11:00am to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 1:00pm

Class Meetings: Saturdays, January 26, February 23, March 23, and April 27 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, in the Poetry Center Conference Room 205. 

No registration necessary.

Most incarcerated writers are locked up in facilities so rural that they rarely receive the level of mentorship and encouragement beginning writers can easily access in the free world. The University of Arizona Poetry Center's monthly workshop aims to bridge the gap between the inside and outside by teaching community members to be helpful mentors and advocates for criminal justice reform. One Saturday every month, Joe Watson—a local writer, activist and former Arizona Department of Corrections prisoner—will educate workshop participants on life in Arizona’s jails and prisons; lead an exploration of creative writing on issues of mass incarceration and mass criminalization; and teach community members how to engage and critique the works of incarcerated writers through correspondence.