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Mission

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW) fosters literary community and a devotion to art inside Minnesota correctional facilities through high-quality creative writing classes and related programming. During incarceration and throughout reentry, we empower writers, challenge stereotypes about the incarcerated population, and promote a vision of rehabilitation and restorative justice through art. We also seek to bridge the divide between literary communities inside and outside of prison by creating platforms for our students’ work.

History

MPWW was founded in 2011 by Jennifer Bowen Hicks, who taught a single creative writing class to ten men at Lino Lakes Prison. Since then, we’ve grown into an organization of over 25 instructors who have taught more than 200 creative writing classes to over 3,000 men and women in every adult state prison in Minnesota. We also facilitate a one-on-one mail mentor program, publish an annual anthology of student writing, and host multiple public readings of student work each year.

Staff & Leadership

Jennifer Bowen-Hicks

Founder, Artistic Director

jennifer@mnprisonwriting.org

Mike Alberti

Managing Director

mike@mnprisonwriting.org

Michael Kleber-Diggs

President, Board of Directors

michael@mnprisonwriting.org

"An MPWW class can give you an outlet. It can give you a break from the super special stupid of the daily madness. It can give you the agency of art. It can help you discover your voice, maybe for the first time."

Student, Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop

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