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15th Anniversary Party—Weds., November 15

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Join us in celebrating 15 years of providing the lifeline of books to women in prison!
Wednesday, November 15
6–9 pm (program begins at 6:30)
After-Words Bookstore (private event space)
23 E. Illinois St., Chicago
Beer, wine and light bites served
Suggested donation $15 (or pay what you can)

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In addition to plenty of time for eating and drinking and talking, you can look forward to this and more on the program: 
    • Writer, scholar and artist Eve Ewing will read from her widely acclaimed Electric Arches.  
    • KoStar, an amazing soul duo, will perform. You may have seen them at the farewell event for Rasmea Odeh, the African Festival of the Arts or many other venues.
    • Our friend Monica Cosby, a writer and activist, will speak on the importance of books for people in prison.
    • Members of Praxilla Femina—a women’s music collective of professional opera singers—will sing. We’re delighted to see them again after the benefit concert in the spring. 
    • And it’s a release party too! Monica will read selections from Bound Struggles, our relaunched journal of writing and art by women in prison. Everyone at the party will get a copy.

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“I, Junkie”—a Correction and the Poem

In 2007 we published Bound Struggles #6, our occasional anthology of writing by prisoners, including two poems submitted by Elizabeth Cardona titled “Junkie” and “Prisoner”. Recently we learned of a poem by Jeffrey Bardo, “I, Junkie”, that appeared in the 2005 Journal of the Prison Arts Program, published by Community Partners in Action, a Connecticut organization. (See below for the cover of this edition and the page on which his poem appeared.) In comparing “Junkie” and “Prisoner” with Mr. Bardo’s poem, it is clear that his work was plagiarized.


We are glad to give Mr. Bardo the credit he deserves and to publish his poem. Continue reading ‘“I, Junkie”—a Correction and the Poem’

4,091 packages so far in 2017!

That’s 3,544 packages of books and 547 blank journals—and counting. In 2016 we sent 3,901 packages (3,310 packages of books and 591 blank journals). Many thanks to all our supporters! (updated November 12, 2017)

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