Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop

Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential.  Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community.

Shout Mouse Press is proud to serve as the publisher for Free Minds' second poetry anthology, The Untold Story of the Real Me: Young Voices From Prison. The authors of this collection are all currently incarcerated youth who are members of Free Minds. The book also profiles a number of Free Minds Poet Ambassadors, returned citizens who speak out about violence prevention and the power of writing for healing and self-expression. All writing workshops, editing, and book design by the good people of Free Minds.  

Winner of the 2015 Aspen Ideas Award from the Aspen Institute, the Justice Stewart Potter Award from the Council for Court Excellence, and the Library of Congress Best Practices in Literacy Award.

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