“Between Utter Chaos and Total Brilliance.” Daniel José Older Talks About Teaching Writing in the Prison System

Yesterday Shadowshaper and Bone Street Rumba series author Daniel José Older shared a thoughtful meditation on prison culture on Twitter. Older holds writing workshops for kids in juvenile detention, and he wanted to convey the despair that is built into the system. The thread attracted thoughts from those who have worked in prisons in various capacities.

The tweets have been reformatted slightly for ease of reading.


You can learn more about the Prison Book Program here, and the work of Project NIA here. Head over to Daniel José Older’s Twitter feed for more of the conversation.


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