Prison Poetry Workshop Podcasts

Series produced by Working Narratives

Caption: Prison Poetry Workshop
Prison Poetry Workshop 

Sit in any prison classroom or recreation room and ask: How many writers are in the room? How many people are writing rhymes or poems? Carefully-folded pieces of paper come out of pockets – words written in tightly stylized hand-writing. As we listen to these poems we realize they hold a deep significance to our understanding of American culture and its tradition of democratic arts.

Prison Poetry Workshop is a public radio show, hosted by Rend Smith, that travels across the country exploring the history and stories connected to the prison poetry literary form.


23 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Kyes Stevens
We asked poet Kyes Steven of Auburn University's Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project to record a workshop for us. Take a listen. Prison Poetr...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Feb 10, 2014
  • Length: 05:30
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Luis Rodriguez
Writer and Latino activist Luis J. Rodriguez was born in El Paso and grew up in East L.A. We went to talk Luis Rodriguez simply because he, and hi...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Jan 22, 2014
  • Length: 11:03
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Prison Poetry Workshop
Sit in any prison classroom or recreation room and ask: How many writers are in the room? How many people are writing rhymes or poems? Carefully-fo...

Bought by KRZA, KSFR, KFOK-LPFM, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 18, 2014
  • Length: 13:53
  • Purchases: 4