Interested in catching a Voices Carry reading? Our Facebook page has been updated with events in March and April (click here). Upcoming soonest? On March 7, a reading at the States of Incarceration exhibit at the Wauregan in Holyoke (more information here), and on March 8, Voices Carry will be participating with other women in Code Pink's International Women's Day event at Northampton First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA (more information here).
On Tuesday, March 7, at 5:00 pm, [note: this is an updated time] the women of Voices from Inside will be performing a reading of their original poetry in the States of Incarceration exhibit space at The Wauregan in Holyoke. The reading is free and open to the public.
Photo Source: The Wauregan Facebook page
Come to "Made in America: Unfree Labor in an Age of Mass Incarceration," on Thursday, February 2, at Hampshire College.
Hampshire College Art Gallery, at Hampshire College, off Route 116 in Amherst.
Enjoy this video, courtesy of Greenfield Community Television!
Daisy Hernandez (far left) and Tara McNamara (far right) joined the activist Lois Ahrens (next to Tara), founder of The Real Cost of Prisons Project, and the oral historian Revan Schendler (next to Daisy), who read from the work of Kempis Songster, a poet who has been imprisoned since age 15.
Voices from Inside writers Daisy Hernandez and Tara McNamara will join Lois Ahrens, founder of The Real Cost of Prisons Project, and the activist and poet Kempis Songster and the oral historian Revan Schendler at an event at Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, on December 7, 2016.
As part of a year-long exploration of incarceration at the Forbes and Five Colleges, we welcome five prison writers and activists who will read from their work and discuss what writing can bring to those who have been or are in prison -- and what the formerly and currently incarcerated can bring to us through their writing.
"My walls are small next to yours, yet you all comforted me in the consolation of the spoken word. Break those walls down brick by brick," wrote one audience member, after our Voices Carry event at Elms College last week.
Another audience member said, "Thank you for sharing your beautiful words. This week has been difficult, and your work has given me hope and light. We are all in this together."
One particular piece that resonated was "Dear Ex-Husband," by Tara McNamara. "'Dear Ex-Husband' was amazing!" an audience member exclaimed.
The assembled performers
Tara McNamara, center
Bend the Arc sponsored "Sh'ma Koleinu: Hear Our Voices," a program in support of criminal justice reform, and Voices from Inside was there, presenting to an audience of about 80 people.
VFI IN THE News
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