On November 18, women from Voices from Inside performed both their poetry and the poems of those who are still incarcerated for a full crowd at Holyoke Community College. (See article here.)
Poets (from left to right) Christina Ruest, Lisa Peck, Sonia Mendez, and Olga Pedraza
Formerly incarcerated women, members of Voices from Inside/Out presented at Dr. Audrey Murph's Springfield College class on Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems on November 8, 2015. One student in the audience said, "I wasn’t able to make it to church today, but I feel like you preached to me." Another student, speaking of a teaching from her mentor, said, "It isn’t the snakebite that kills you, it is the venom injected into you. VFI is the fragrance that counteracts the venom." In written feedback, students thanked VFI/Out poets for their performance, their inspiration, and their courage to change.
VFI IN THE News
VFI's Tara McNamara organized the "Breaking Free" poetry reading in Greenfield--read about it in this Greenfield Recorder story.
An excerpt from Voices Carry's performance at Forbes Library is available for viewing on Youtube, here.
VFI writer Daisy Diaz read a poem to open Hampshire Art Museum's exhibition "Made in America: Unfree Labor in an Age of Mass Incarceration." The exhibit runs through March 10. Check out photos in the February 7 post, to the left.
VFI writer Tara McNamara's poem "Dear Ex-Husband" is featured in the October 29, 2016, issue of the Write Angles Journal. See the poem on our Writing& Prompts page.
WWLP's Ashley Kohl interviews VFI board members about upcoming fundraisers for VFI, April 27, 2016.
From the Heart: VFI Poets interviewed in the Greenfield Recorder, February 12, 2016
Hampshire Gazette Reports on VFI Performance at Lander-Grinspoon Academy, February 7, 2016
Interview with VFI Poets on the Bill Newman Show, February 3, 2016
Loud and Clear: VFI at Holyoke Community College, November 18, 2015
Women Share Stories While in Jail, June 18, 2015