Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative Creative Writing Project
The MPRI (Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative) Creative Writing Project, piloted in the spring of 2010, empowers ex-offenders (mostly probationers and parolees) by giving them skills to have a voice through writing and spoken word. During the pilot session, two “K” students and five Western Michigan University students taught weekly workshops (for 6 weeks) with about ten to twelve probationers and parolees at KPEP and KVCC's Arcadia campus. The project culminated in a poetry reading where participants and student facilitators share their creative writing from the workshops.
The project's community partners include: MPRI (Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative) * Underwood Stryker Institute for Service-Learning at Kalamazoo College * Michigan Department of Corrections * KPEP * Center for Service Learning/Lewis Walker Institute - Western Michigan University * ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community) * Kalamazoo Valley Community College * Fire Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative
Each quarter, all students must attend a mandatory orientation/training session, complete appropriate paperwork, and attend mandatory reflection sessions throughout the term.
"By magnifying voice through creative writing workshops and performances, we hope to empower individuals to build identities that transcend the label of "formerly incarcerated." By bringing our most authentic selves to workshop, we hope to provide a space for creative self-expression and build a community around honest storytelling."
Program Times: TBD
Position: Creative Writing Workshop Facilitator