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INK: Prison Writing Contest Finalists Celebrate

July 4th AnnouncementAs we celebrate our nation’s freedom, Vidahlia Press is prepared to release the INK: A Prison Writing Contest Winners! Over one hundred talented writers from across the nation were identified as finalists. As you might surmise awarding prizes to the incarcerated can be a complicated matter. So we are still awaiting all the permissions necessary to ensure that we are able to provide the prizes to the winners.

We are working tirelessly on the anthology, From These Many Rooms, an inspiring collection that offers stories full of hope while teaching lessons in resilience, compassion, and redemption. These compelling, creative, and authentic works will inspire us all to live beyond boundaries and to visualize that the imagination is larger than any restraint or confinement. I hope you will agree.

We have included a randomly selected poem from a finalist who has already given permission, “Bird’s Eye View” by Sydney Duff.  Please stay tuned for the announcement of our 2014 INK Winners coming soon!

Bird’s Eye View

here we have all
the familiar images
of incarceration:
walls and bars, calendars and clocks
and so much fear

but what about the smell
of morning on a Sunday?
the white crescent
of a benevolent moon?
who notices a sky so blue
that it pierces, splits you open
like a ripe piece of fruit?

here we speak
in riddles and loops
parables of purgatory,
terrestrial half-truths

but what of the singing sparrows
perched on the razor wire,
the paper rustle of the trees?
what of the ballet
of the circling hawk,
the waddling arcs
of Canadian geese?

do the birds know
this is prison?
do they care?
do they distinguish
between greenness
of this grass
and that which grows elsewhere?

here we walk long circles
orbiting what little we see
wearing out our hamster wheels:
“when I’m home…
when I’m free…”

do the birds sit
and stare at the bars?
or do they flit through
the space in between?

Sydney Duff, Vidahlia Press & Publishing House, Inc.

 

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Tim Robbins Makes Guest Appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher

Tim Robbins is the founder of LA’s The Actor’s Gang and is perhaps best known for his role in the Shawshank RedemptionThe Actor’s Gang Prison Project is one of the only remaining arts programs inside California’s correctional system. The Prison Project fosters tolerance and nonviolent expression while significantly reducing recidivism rates. On Friday, September 27, 2013, Tim Robbins spoke with host Bill Maher about the Actor’s Gang and the prison project.