Here is an example of what does NOT and will probably NEVER get published by the majors. Read More
This book is a critical piece of work that helps those who work with encouraging text engagement, for it was produced by youth who through poor literacy and life management in their worlds, suffer from huge gaps in their language skills.
The poems are beautiful. This organization seems to really make a difference, helping young people articulate their frustrations and hopes, and channeling them into positive paths for their futures.
–"whyme," Amazon Reviewer Read More
I found compelling a number of the poems and essays.
El Camino (The Road) by Luis is a bilingual poem about the difficult and unforgiving road that they are on.
My Face by Derrick is a poem about the external person and the secrets on the inner one.
In the essay, The Color of My Skin, by Sergio, provides the reader an empathic insight of his view into the world.
--Jack, goodreads reviewer Read More
The literary collection you hold in your hands is a testament to the vitality and spirit of the young poets whose work is presented in these pages, proof in print that books and reading can change and save lives. The key is perseverance; the Free Minds people remain present from lockup through reentry, creating ambassadors to the community who effectively curb the cycle of violence and incarceration. The message is important, and so is the work. The pieces showcased here are moving and real." Read More