Volunteer Poetry Teachers Needed for the King County Jail

This from Michael Hood:

Poets?

The Programs Department at King County Jail is looking for 2 committed volunteers of either gender to teach a weekly creative writing class for men. This is one of the fastest-growing, most stigmatized, yet under-served groups in our society. Working with inmates is also one of the most fulfilling. Despite the fact that education and writing skills are so critical, the Programs Department has been gutted in recent years- a few years ago, they closed down the library, and fired the librarian. There are no computers for inmates- hell, we scramble for dictionaries and thesauri. We’re also looking for means to get books, computers and other supplies. If you are a writer that can teach, a teacher that can write, or you think you can help this very needful calling, please contact Michael Hood at 206.789.1670 or [email protected].

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB in Seattle and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. He wrote a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger.) He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets, has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com

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