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Abstract

This dialogue illustrates the various ways the four authors have undertaken literacy work inside prison--from writing workshops in jails and prisons, to exchanges between college students and incarcerated writers, to college classes in correctional facilities, to investigations of fragmented documents from a progressive era girls’ training school. We situate these ongoing efforts as methods for supporting writing that might heal the individual, social and cultural wounds evoked by our country’s mass incarceration policies and for making that writing public.

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