PPW's podcast series features short stories, interviews, and prison poems introduced by host Rend Smith. From listening to poems read by incarcerated poets to going inside our nation's prisons, jails, and detention centers PPW wants to share our work with you as it unfolds. You can even visit our "Poetry Workshop" and read a prisoners' poem for us to possibly share on our podcast and radio broadcast. Podcasts will be released weekly and also featured on the Prison Poetry Workshop website.
The Orleans Parish Prison — despite the name, it’s a county jail — took a beating during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and many prisoners had to be moved to tents, where some still live, on the grounds of the prison. Others live in cells. A new facility is under construction, and nearing completion.
“Died in Korea from a shrapnel wound and narcotics resurrected me. I died in 1960 from a prison sentence and poetry brought me back to life.” —Etheridge Knight