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Prisons in Iowa and California have been inspired by MCIW to start their own Book Club. Kimberly is also very involved in MCIW's Building Bridges Project, a victim outreach program focused on accountability, responsibility and forgiveness. She finds purpose and comfort in speaking to victim's groups, hoping to help them begin to heal through honest dialogue.

She is serving a life sentence with parole and supports legislation that will reverse the Maryland's "life means life" policy under which no parole eligible lifer has been released since 1 995 I.S. is a 20-year-old member of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, currently incarcerated in federal prison.

His poetry has previously appeared in the Free Minds publication The Untold Story of the Real Me. His goal is to be a chef.

JEVON JACKSON has published two books of poetry entitled Why the Prisoner Only Writes Love Poems and Handwritten Poems online with PrisonsFoundation.org. His poems also appear in the publications J Journal and The Oyez Review.

Jevon is an ambassador and correspondent for The Community News, a publication out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He is co-author of the in-progress book, Between Writers and Lifers. Jevon currently resides in the New Lisbon Correctional Institution in Wisconsin.

70 KHALID KARIM was born and raised in Washington, DC and, though life was very far from pleasant, will always recognize the love and efforts of his family in their work to do what they could for his large family whom he cherishes and supports. Karim has been locked up for 23 years for crimes committed when he was young but he has used this time wisely by receiving his GED and also becoming HVAC and OSHA certified, in addition to also completing a number of other selfhelp programs. He has also been heavily involved in various mentoring programs and has put together and facilitated a number of educational and entertainment programs involving plays, spoken word, rap, and positive speeches. He is currently working on a poetry book and a book that shares his prison experience. He has used his time in prison to study his mistakes and to improve himself and any and all who will listen. He truly wants to give back by helping others learn who they’re actually intended to be so that they can do and be better.

JOSEF KREBS has a chapbook published by Etched Press and his poetry also appears in Agenda, the Bicycle Review, Calliope, Mouse Tales Press, The Corner Club Press, The FictionWeek Literary Review, Burningword Literary Journal, The Aurorean, Inscape, Crack the Spine, The Cape Rock, Carcinogenic Poetry, The Bangalore Review, and The Cats Meow. A short story has been published in blazeVOX. He’s written three novels and five screenplays. His film was successfully screened at Santa Cruz and Short Film Corner of Cannes film festival.

RICK LYON’S book of poems Bell 8 was published by BOA Editions. His work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Nation and The New Republic. He's a boat captain and also an RV transporter making deliveries throughout the U.S. and Canada. A longtime resident of Essex, Connecticut, he now lives with his wife Lisa LeVally on a horse farm in Des Plaines, Illinois 71 EMILY PAULSRUD is a political science student at Sciences Po in Paris, France. She studies why political actors act the way do, but is also interested in how institutional systems affect the people who live in them, including the criminal justice system.

RAFAEL is a 22-year-old member of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, currently incarcerated in federal prison.

Rafael’s poetry has previously appeared in the Free Minds publication The Untold Story of the Real Me. Rafael’s goal is to graduate from college.

ALFRED “SPOKEN TRUTH” is a 37-year-old member of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, currently serving a 24-year sentence in the state of Virginia. Alfred writes under the pen name “Spoken Truth.” His poetry has previously appeared in the 2015 issue of Tacenda, and his poem “Crocus” won the Best Poem Award.

VINCENT is a 26-year-old member of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, currently incarcerated in federal prison.

Vincent’s poetry has previously appeared in the Free Minds publication The Untold Story of the Real Me. Vincent loves to read plays and biographies.


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