PROGRAM: Prison Writes Initiative

Presented by:
Mississippi Humanities
Subject: Literacy Audience: Other

The Prison Writes Initiative is an 18-week, two-part course that teaches inmates to engage with classical literature by the likes of Eudora Welty, Langston Hughes, Samuel Beckett, Malcom X, and Ernest Hemingway. In the second half of the course, students apply their learning by penning their own memoirs, which are then compiled and published in a collection titled “In Our Own Words: Writing From Parchman Prison” (now in its third edition). Led by Louis Bourgeois, the course is now taught at several state and private prison facilities across Mississippi.