Chicopee Public Library
Tuesday, August 8th, 6:30pm
Voices Carry is a group of previously incarcerated women
who come to share their writing with the community
Voices Carry, poets and writers from Voices from Inside who read for the public, will be giving a reading in Greenfield on June 17.
Where: The Arts Block Ballroom in Greenfield, MA
(289 Main Street, Greenfield MA 01301)
When: June 17, 4–6 PM
This year, due to a change in rules, we can't fundraise through Valley Gives. This is a huge hit, as last year we raised several thousand dollars that way. Please consider donating if you're able, and help with a signal boost! Paypal button and address for checks below.
Checks, made out to Arise for Social Justice/VFI can be sent to:
Voices from Inside
P.O. Box 193
Greenfield, MA 01302
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
On April 20, VFI writers got to talk with the cast of Getting Out, a play about a woman dealing with life after eight years of incarceration, describing what elements in the play reflected their own experiences. It was a profound experience for everyone involved.
WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 7 pm
WHERE: 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT,
(Marlboro College Graduate Center)
For the class Speech Matters, on mass incarceration
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Leslie Phillips Theater, Fine & Performing Arts Building
Holyoke Community College
The United States locks up more people, per capita, than any other nation. What specific reforms are needed in policing, prosecutorial practices, and sentencing? Under current law, how well is justice being served? Join us for a panel discussion about the road ahead.
José Bou, Professor of Criminal Justice
Daisy Hernandez, Voices From Inside/Voices Carry
The Honorable Judge Michael Ponsor
Robert Ryan, Chief Probation Officer, Eastern Hampshire District Court
Moderator: Nicole Hendricks, Professor of Criminal Justice
Free and open to the public
Thursday, March 30, from 4:30 to 7:30, at Holyoke City Hall. Voices from Inside will join EPOCA (Exprisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement), Prison Birth Project, Great Falls Books Through Bars, Pa'lante Restorative Justice, and other organizations. Register here and come join us.
The Voices Carry performance group gave a reading at the Forbes Library as part of the States of Incarceration exhibition.
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