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Poetry Behind Bars The following poems were written by individuals incarcerated in Valley State Prison in Chowchilla. Some of the authors are poetry and drama students from the Alliance for [...] Continue Reading

In This Space

By Steve Umfrid They whys of it all escape me As I lay here on my side, Arms raised in front of my face A shield to block the constant light. Cold seeps through the concrete Chilling my forearms, [...] Continue Reading

To Pass with Dignity

By Boston Woodard When I think of death as a prisoner, I sometimes wonder if I will make it back out into the free world for my demise or if I will take my last breath while still incarcerated. A [...] Continue Reading

Rainmaker

By Stephen Barile from Tulare Lake   To stave off a drought in 1924, Wheat farmers in the Tulare Lake bottom Hired Hatfield the Rainmaker man And paid him a hefty fee, For he was in demand throughout [...] Continue Reading