Funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Expressing Confinement project is currently working on a zine publication with writing contributions from the incarcerated writers participating in creative writing workshops out of the DC Central Detention Facility.
The release will be taking place at Big Bear Cafe, where there will be a reading of the work, words from individuals and organizations working at the DC CDF, and a guest book where individuals can write messages to the incarcerated writers. There will be free copies of the zine to take home with you!
Without encouragement, these incarcerated writers struggle to produce work, and knowing that people are interested in what they have to contribute creatively means a lot. Writing a note and showing up to hear their words is a great way of reminding incarcerated artists that they are still viewed as integral parts of our communities. Please RSVP, as space at Big Bear is limited. We would love to see you!
Abby Taskier has been facilitating creative writing workshops within the DC Central Detention Facility on and off over the course of two years. Together, the writers respond to prompts, read works of poetry and prose, and use the inspiration they gain from the one another and the workshops to craft short pieces of poetry and prose about their experiences.