Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth

by Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
Support for DC's Previously Incarcerated Youth
FM member Michael with artists Donna & Cindy
FM member Michael with artists Donna & Cindy

Our reentry members are seeing themselves in a new light thanks to your generous support. We celebrated our 2019 Congressman John Lewis Fellow who leads our nonviolence outreach program, welcomed a new group of apprentices into our intensive Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship, and participated in our first ever portrait project! Read on to learn more about the inspiring human capacity for change and compassion.

Free Minds Holds Their Second Congressman John Lewis Fellowship Celebration

On May 22, Free Minds held our 2nd celebration to commemorate our Congressman John Lewis Fellowship, a one-year paid position for a formerly incarcerated young adult to use poetry and lived experiences to promote nonviolence, hope, racial equity, and peace in under-served schools and neighborhoods. The fellow leads our poetry-based nonviolence and community outreach program, On the Same Page: Free Minds Poetry in the Classroom and Community The fellowship was inspired Congressman Lewis’s visit to our book club at the DC Jail. During his visit, Lewis discussed his graphic novel trilogy March and shared about his life of nonviolence during the Civil Rights Movement.

Congressman John Lewis was not able to attend the celebration, but Andrew Aydin, who co-wrote the March graphic novel trilogy with Congressman Lewis, spoke passionately about the role reading can play in personal development and racial justice. 

As the 2019 Congressman John Lewis Fellow, Southeast DC native Joshua Samuel shared his thankfulness for being able to speak to youth similar to his younger self: “I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to change lives. I have been able to prevent further damage to the community by sharing my story and helping kids elevate their lives. I have been able to speak to kids who resemble me and grew up in the same circumstances, and prevent them from making the same mistakes I endured.”

It was an incredible evening filled with inspiration and hope as we realized a dream--to reach more youths with the life-changing power of books, writing, and community.

Recently Released Members complete Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship

Earlier this month, Free Minds Book Club welcomed a group of youth and adult men into our intensive Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship for recently released members, with workshops on different topics led by expert presenters as well as formerly incarcerated Free Minds members.

During the apprenticeship, apprentices learned tech tactics, budgeting, and financial planning. They also presented their life and career goals through vision boards, role played in preparation for on the job work scenarios, conducted mock interviews, took a team trip to the National Museum of African American History of Culture, and heard powerful testimonies from guest speakers who have overcame adversity.

At the end of the apprenticeship, one apprentice shared, “I was at a point where I didn’t think I would ever get out, but now I don’t take anything for granted.” We are so happy to be a part of our apprentices’ new life journeys and we are thankful to them for joining our Free Minds family!

Congratulations to everyone, and good luck!

Volunteer Artists Paint Free Minds Members for “Portrait Project”

From April 30-May 3, professional portrait artists Donna Catotti and Cindy Dill traveled to Washington, DC to spearhead a “Portrait Project,” which featured several of our formerly incarcerated members. The artists visited our office and dedicated 2-3 hours per portrait. In 4 days, each artist was able to finish 2-3 oil paintings per day! Our members were exceptionally excited for the project, as none of them had ever experienced having their portrait painted before, let alone by a professional artist. The portraits turned out absolutely stunning!

These portraits are a unique way for our members to reflect on their own self-image, and a way to shift the public perception. Our goal is to display the portraits, as well as personal statements from our members, in a public exhibition to change the narrative of what it means to be a returning citizen in our society.

If pictures are worth a thousand words, how much is a portrait worth?

Thank you to the wonderful artists Donna and Cindy for their creativity, passion, and dedication to this project, and to our members for their courage to see themselves in a new light.

Thank you for making all of this possible. We are only as great as our community!

Artist Cindy Catotti with her portraits
Artist Cindy Catotti with her portraits
FM team pictured with artists Donna and Cindy
FM team pictured with artists Donna and Cindy
Andrew Aydin, 2019 Fellow, and Fellowship creator
Andrew Aydin, 2019 Fellow, and Fellowship creator
2019 John Lewis Fellow Joshua Samuel
2019 John Lewis Fellow Joshua Samuel
Apprentices showcase their visionary boards
Apprentices showcase their visionary boards
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Free Minds member Avery x Yerba Mate Tea
Free Minds member Avery x Yerba Mate Tea

Flowers are not the only things growing this spring! Our tenacious Poet Ambassadors are continuing to use the power of reading and writing to build up each other and the DC community. Additionally, our Poet Ambassadors continue to be role models and voices of change within the DC area as we have been visiting schools, offices, faith groups, and adult learning facilities. We are so happy that the community eagerly wants to jump-start (or continue) conversations on mass incarceration and how we can battle this national crisis.

Thanks to your continuous support, more Free Minds members are employed, in school, obtaining vocational certificates, but more importantly, giving back.

Free Minds Job and Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship

"I knew if Joshua could do it, I could do it too" said apprentice DaQuan after reconnecting with childhood friend and Poet Ambassador Joshua during our Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship for recently released members. The apprenticeship includes workshops on computer literacy interview skills, financial literacy, and personal growth.

The apprentices also heard from Poet Ambassador Cornelious, who left the apprentices with such encouraging and inspiring lessons: Focus on positivity, positive people, and positive habits. In the words of Cornelius, “You’re worthy and deserve a life worthy of being lived to the fullest.”

Per tradition, on the final day, each apprentice presented vision boards they all created with images of their goals for the future. Each apprentice expressed hopefulness and success for their future, while emphasizing success is not limited to financial gains. Afterwards, they all received words of encouragement and best wishes from Free Minds staff, supporters, and senior Free Minds members who sat in on each session as a means for support for their Free Minds brothers. Every apprentice was then gifted a book personally selected for them.

Apprentice Leo shared, “I recognized what barriers were in front of my goals during this apprenticeship and I will never forget Free Minds to be the one who made me breakthrough."

Congratulations, apprentices! 

Books and Belonging

The moment we say Enough! is the moment we can take charge of the destiny of our own lives” - Poet and Activist Sam J. Ssemaganda

We use reading and writing in every aspect of our book club! Although we have several book club and writing workshop members at the DC Jail and in federal prisons across the United States, we also have one for our members who are returning home from prison.

For the last few weeks, book club members have been reading Our Lives Matter: The Ballou Story Project, which highlights the powerful, personal stories of thirty teen writers from Frank W. Ballou High School in Washington, DC who came together to take part in a national conversation about race, inequality, violence, and justice.

To celebrate finishing the book, Free Minds invited special guest Ugandan Poet and Activist Sam J. Ssemaganda who read poetry from his book of poetry Enough: A harvest of poetry from a life of questions seldom answered. Sam shared that the country of Uganda has the youngest population in the world. Over 70% of the country is under age 30 and the unemployment for young people is 88% so there is a lot of hopelessness and crime to fight.

In addition, during this session our members had a wonderful and vulnerable conversation about trauma, healing, mental health, and the stigma for African American men to receive counseling or admit they are suffering with PTSD from incarceration. Free Minds is partnering with a licensed clinical social worker to provide trauma therapy for our formerly incarcerated members.

We’re so proud of the way our members have created a safe and nurturing space for each other. Our Reentry Book Club is more than just a book club; it is a brotherhood.

Free Minds Members: From Prison to a Paycheck (Update)

In the past year, 80% of our members in the Reentry Book Club have been working, studying, or participating in vocational training programs, resulting in a 13% recidivism rate as opposed to the national rate of 75.9%. We are so thankful to witness so many members achieving admirable accomplishments. Here are just a few of the highlights: Avery accepted a salaried position with Yerba Mate Tea; Andre is taking a placement test at Prince George’s Community College; Aaron graduated from the Generation Hospitality Program; Nick, Davon, and Darius graduated from the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement Pathways Program; and Antwan graduated from Building Futures.

In our last report, we announced that Poet Ambassador Jordan was going to college! We met Jordan at the DC Jail when he was 17 years old. In January, he headed to college to study business management. He stopped by the office during his spring break, and let us know what he’s hoping to gain from his college experience. Jordan said, “What I hope to gain from college is a better understanding of how businesses operate and how to properly manage my own. My major is business management or “e-business” as they call it here, which means that I am learning about the functions and operations of a business electronically. Business has always stuck with me since I was younger. I always told myself ‘I want to be a businessman when I get older’ and I am just turning a dream into reality.”

Congratulations on a great start, Jordan!

Apprentice DaQuan presenting his vision board
Apprentice DaQuan presenting his vision board
Reentry Book Club poses with "Our Lives Matter"
Reentry Book Club poses with "Our Lives Matter"
Free Minds members Nick & Davon at Pathways Grad.
Free Minds members Nick & Davon at Pathways Grad.
Free Minds member Aaron with Free Minds staff
Free Minds member Aaron with Free Minds staff
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Fall apprentices pose for a group photo
Fall apprentices pose for a group photo

This fall our Free Minds members have been hard at work both on the job and serving as Poet Ambassadors sharing their personal journeys of change with the community. They speak to youth facing the same struggles they have experienced, such as poverty and dangerous neighborhoods, and let them know they are not alone. They share their love of reading and writing and how they can be a source of comfort and strength during difficult times.

Thanks to your support, more Free Minds members are employed, obtaining vocational certificates, and giving back.

Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship Builds Confidence

We welcomed another group of enthusiastic young men into our intensive Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship for recently released members, with workshops on a wide range of topics both practical such as budgeting, computer literacy, interview skills

and dressing for success on the job as well as personal growth areas such as goal setting and interpersonal communication.

The apprentices also learned about tenant and workplace rights from the DC Office of Human Rights, took a team-building trip to the Newseum, completed job applications, uploaded resumes and created email addresses...to name a few of their accomplishments!

On the final day, each apprentice presented vision boards they created with images of their goals for the future, while also receiving words of encouragement and best wishes from Free Minds staff and supporters. Senior Free Minds members who have been home in the community for several years joined each session, sharing advice and giving tools for success to their Free Minds brothers.

Apprentice Alantae shared, “I've learned from Free Minds that I can achieve the things that my friends who aren't here anymore wanted to do in life, like working and helping their families. I'm so glad I have Free Minds in my corner.”

This is just one stop on our apprentices’ journey to transformation!

Our School Outreach “On the Same Page” Program Reaches New Horizons  

Our Poet Ambassadors have used their motivating messages of change everywhere you could think of: places of faith, workplaces, neighborhoods, college campuses, and high schools. However, believing the impact of reading and writing is limitless; Free Minds reached a new horizon by expanding the message of non-violence to young children in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th!

Hopeful HoriSONS, a DC based after school group that focuses on mentoring (academically and social-emotionally) black boys in 3rd-5th grade, Free Minds Poet Ambassadors had the pleasure of meeting twenty young boys and speaking with them about reading, writing, poetry, the effects of bullying, our “greatest weapons,” and incarceration/post-incarceration experiences. The boys expressed great enthusiasm for reading and writing as our Poet Ambassadors incorporated real life scenarios and physical activity into the session.

We thank the young boys of Hopeful HoriSONS for teaching us that age does not define knowledge!

Free Minds Members: From Prison to a Paycheck

In the past year, 95% of our members in the Reentry Book Club have been working, studying, or participating in vocational training programs, resulting in a 13% recidivism rate as opposed to the national rate of 75% We are so thankful to witness so many members achieving admirable accomplishments. Here are just a few of the highlights: Aquil graduated from Excel Automotive Academy, Gary is working as a violence prevention specialist, Cornelious has been promoted to a supervisor position after being home less than a year, Aaron is studying hospitality, and so many more!

However, we are so ecstatic to announce our Poet Ambassador Jordan is going to college! We met Jordan at the DC Jail when he was 17 years old. Now, he’s headed to college to study business management. Please join us in congratulating Jordan and wishing him the best in his studies!

We are so proud of our members for overcoming the odds! Thank you for making our work possible.

Free Minds speaks to 3-5th graders about reading
Free Minds speaks to 3-5th graders about reading
Ingenuity student w/ "Untold Story of the Real Me"
Ingenuity student w/ "Untold Story of the Real Me"
Ingenuity student w/ "Untold Story of the Real Me"
Ingenuity student w/ "Untold Story of the Real Me"
Poet Ambassador Jordan w/ Ingenuity Prep student
Poet Ambassador Jordan w/ Ingenuity Prep student
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Free Minds member and John Lewis Fellow James
Free Minds member and John Lewis Fellow James

Summer is winding down, but not Free Minds. Thanks to your generous support, we had an eventful summer filled with inspirational events that have brought about peace and agency and impactful programming that has reached more youths affected by racial injustice and mass incarceration.

Free Minds Holds Their First Congressman John Lewis Fellowship Celebration

Our Congressman John Lewis Fellowship Celebration was a huge success thanks to our incredible supporters! 

On July 17, Free Minds held a celebration to commemorate Congressman John Lewis’s inspirational visit to our juvenile members at the DC Jail, which sparked our Congressman John Lewis Fellowship, a one-year paid position for a formerly incarcerated young adult to use poetry and lived experiences to promote nonviolence, hope, racial equity, and peace in under-served schools and neighborhoods. The fellow leads our poetry-based nonviolence and community outreach program, On the Same Page: Free Minds Poetry in the Classroom and Community During his visit, Lewis discussed his graphic novel trilogy March and shared about his life of nonviolence during the Civil Rights Movement.

Congressman John Lewis was not able to attend the celebration, but he wrote a letter to the Fellow, shared by his staff. He wrote, "I am proud to witness a new generation of bold leaders, like the Free Minds Poet Ambassadors and the first Congressman John Lewis Fellow. You are all courageous and you are leading the fight for what is fair and just."

Clint Smith, our newest Free Minds Book Club Facilitator at the DC Jail, spoke about the need for restorative healing for those enduring poverty, racial injustice, and incarceration. He read powerful poetry from his book, Counting Descent.

Andrew Aydin, who co-wrote the March graphic novel trilogy with Congressman Lewis, spoke passionately about the role reading can play in racial justice. "Reading is a liberation, an art, and a skill that can open up the heart."

James Allen, our Congressman John Lewis Fellow, shared how his own heart was opened by reading the memoir. "Reading the March series opened my eyes to the powers of positivity. I take my role as a positive, nonviolent influencer very seriously."

It was an incredible evening filled with inspiration and hope as we realized a dream--to reach more youths with the life-changing power of books, writing, and community.


Recently Released Members complete Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship

This summer, Free Minds Book Club welcomed a group of young men, ages 16 and 17, into our intensive Reentry Book Club’s Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship, for recently released members, with workshops on topics such as computer literacy, financial literacy, job interviews, storytelling, and more.

During the apprenticeship, apprentices mapped out their life and career goals; discussed who inspires them, what they love, and what is unique about them; took a team-building trip to the National Building Museum’s “Evicted” exhibit displaying the causes and effects of eviction by low-income populations; completed job applications, uploaded resumes, job searched, and created email addresses; and learned the ABC’s of financial literacy (budgeting, savings, investing, managing).

At the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices unanimously expressed interest in either finishing or returning to school, establishing a career in a field of their interest, as well as sharing their thankfulness for their Free Minds family.

Our apprentice Avery shared that after the apprenticeship, he landed his first job, “I was 16 when I got locked up; I had never had a job. Without the apprenticeship, I would not have had the job readiness skills to do so well on my interviews. I knew exactly what I needed to do and I am so grateful.”

We are excited to see everyone’s next phase!

Free Minds Discusses U.S. Prison System with Criminal Justice Experts from Uruguay

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, World Learning invited Free Minds to participate in a project for the International Visitor Leadership Program entitled “U.S. Prison System and the Criminal Procedure Code” on August 21. Administered for visiting detention and criminal justice professionals (who all hold key roles related to current Uruguayan prison system transformation), the project’s goal was to teach visiting participants about U.S. alternatives to incarceration, federal policy-making processes, and nongovernmental perspectives on criminal justice.

In a roundtable, Free Minds shared our work, with an emphasis on the value of reading and writing. Free Minds Poet Ambassador Anthony shared his own experiences and perspective on incarceration and reentry, which led to an in-depth discussion of sentencing, human rights, youth incarceration, and reentry.

The roundtable included guests from DC Prisoners’ Project (Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs), Catholic Charities of America; and international agencies Psycho-Social Treatment, National Institute for Rehabilitation (INR), Yoga and Values in Prisons (NGO), Office of Supervised Release (OSLA), and Office of Supervised Release (OSLA).

Thank you, World Learning, for creating a space to speak on the need for criminal justice reform!

Summer Reading: Reentry Book Club Members Explore Black and White

The power of reading and writing to cope with traumatic experiences is reaffirmed in every Reentry Book Club session. This summer, the Reentry Book Club members have been reading Black and White by Paul Volponi.

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Black and White follows best friends Marcus (black) and Eddie (white) who found the strength to break through the racial barrier by looking past stereotypes to successfully come out on top on and off the basketball court. However, when both boys face the consequences of one wrong decision, their friendship is put to the test.

Reentry Book Club members have been eagerly following the action in the book, and predicting what is to come next in the book by placing themselves in the shoes of the characters. One member stated, “Black and White is a story that describes the importance of loyalty. I could relate to the story because it reminded me of what led to my incarceration. It’s easy to get into trouble, but hard to get out." 

We are glad to know our members are able to relate to the characters of Black and White. We wonder whose predictions will come true!


Free Minds Partners with Bread for the City for “Poetry & Write Night”

For over 40 years, Bread for the City has been a standout non-profit for strengthening low-income and homeless DC residents directly affected by the burden of poverty and racism. On August 23, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop had the pleasure of collaborating with Bread for the City for “Poetry & Write Night,” a part of our community building initiative.

At “Poetry & Write Night,” community members read poetry written by incarcerated Free Minds members, and listened to formerly incarcerated Poet Ambassadors share their compelling stories and original poetry.

We asked attendees to leave uplifting feedback on the poems since we send all comments back to the authors. Due to not being a state, DC does not have a prison, so the majority of our members are incarcerated in federal prisons across the country. For many of our members who have no moral support or communication from the outside, receiving feedback on their poetry can be the calm in the storm. One attendee mentioned one poem was so good "not even [Langston] Hughes or [James] Baldwin could touch that."

Such words can go a long way! Poet Ambassador Terrell shared with the group the value and helpfulness of leaving comments stating, “When I was locked up, I looked forward to the positive remarks AND constructive feedback; the constructive feedback strengthened my style and made me a better writer.”

Thank you for making our work possible!

Congressman Lewis's staff and Free Minds team
Congressman Lewis's staff and Free Minds team
Poet Ambassador Anthony with Uruguayan visitors
Poet Ambassador Anthony with Uruguayan visitors
Apprentices express what they're thankful for
Apprentices express what they're thankful for
Poet Ambassadors at "Poetry & Write Night"
Poet Ambassadors at "Poetry & Write Night"

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Proud Leckie students with their poetry book
Proud Leckie students with their poetry book

Our summer of impactful programming is already in full swing thanks to your generous support! We have reached new heights in elevating both the voices and the life skills of our reentry members through mentoring, public speaking, and our weekly reentry book club sessions.

Poet Ambassadors Mentor Middle School Students

During the past school year, our Free Minds Poet Ambassadors—formerly incarcerated young adults—continued our strong partnership with DC Title I schools, by serving as "Poets with A Purpose" working to end youth violence through the tools of reading, writing and healing. We have a special relationship with the 8th grade boys at M.V. Leckie Education Campus, who were so inspired by our Book Club that they started their own: The Leckie Lion Hearts Book Club. Free Minds Poet Ambassadors served as positive role models, facilitating regular reading and writing workshops and inspiring them to create their own poetry book! James spoke at their 8th grade graduation, reminding the boys that they are now equipped with the powerful tools of reading and writing through difficult times. Following the ceremony, the students’ teacher, Mr. Donald Ross, distributed the newly printed poetry books From the Heart of a Lion: The Next Chapter, causing great excitement among the young poets as they saw their hard work in print.

Poet Ambassadors Creating Change

Free Minds was honored to be invited to present our unique program model at the annual Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) Conference at Princeton University. Poet Ambassadors James and Demetrius loved traveling and meeting so many passionate criminal justice reformers. Our session was packed with enthusiastic college students eager to make real change. It was inspiring to learn about and be part of the many local efforts united in a national movement.

The National Book Foundation’s third annual "Why Reading Matters" conference in Brooklyn, NY, was our next stop on our busy speaking schedule. Poet Ambassador Nick shared the long-lasting impact the Free Minds Book Club has had on his life and encouraged the conference attendees to use the tools of book club discussions to increase literacy and uplift marginalized communities. Nick has been a Free Minds member since he was 17 years old. Now home, he runs his own catering business, works several retail jobs and still finds time to use his own experience with the foster care system to mentor youth who are in foster care in DC.

Reader Leaders in the Reentry Book Club

This month, our Reentry Book Club members who meet weekly to discuss books related to their own journeys, finished reading and discussing Long Way Down, a young adult novel written in verse by Jason Reynolds.

In Long Way Down, a teenage boy struggles to make a decision in the aftermath of his brother’s murder; Free Minds members such as Milyk, whose brother was murdered when Milyk was a child, could see themselves in the story and share their struggles with the supportive Free Minds members.

Milyk wrote the following poem, inspired by Long Way Down. He shared the relief he felt reading about a character experiencing the same emotional pain he is going through: "At first it was really hard reading the book. It brought up a lot of hard stuff I try not to think about. But then it felt better and then I just wrote about it. I never have before."

LOST

I wake up crust in my eyes
1 o’clock in the morning
Phone ring
I don’t answer
Phone keep ringing
I cut ringer off
I went to sleep
I wish I didn’t
That ringing of the phone
Was the call no one wants to get
My Brother
IS
GONE

The power of reading and writing to cope with traumatic experiences is reaffirmed in every Reentry Book Club session. Next, the Reentry Book Club members will be reading Black and White by Paul Volponi

Ceremony for Poet Ambassador Isaiah 

Our Free Minds family suffered the terrible loss of one of our Poet Ambassadors, Isaiah. He was tragically shot and killed on the street and there are no answers. He had attended our monthly Write Night, in April, only a few days prior. The 23-year-old, a devoted father, was his mother’s third son to pass at the hands of gun violence. His mother told us that for Isaiah, the death of two of his brothers inspired him to live in the moment. He graduated from school, started a family, and focused on his future. At our May Write Night event, the staff, Poet Ambassadors, and volunteers honored Isaiah and his contributions to Free Minds. His entire family, including his young son, attended the event. Write Night volunteers recited poems addressed to Isaiah from our Jail Book Club members and Poet Ambassadors read aloud poetry by Isaiah addressed to his son. We all recommitted ourselves to honor Isaiah's legacy by vowing to continue our work to end violence and show love and compassion to everyone we meet, just like Isaiah did.

NBF "Why Reading Matters" conference
NBF "Why Reading Matters" conference
Poet Ambassadors enjoying Write Night
Poet Ambassadors enjoying Write Night
FM member David in the office with Ms. Keela
FM member David in the office with Ms. Keela
Poet Ambassador Anthony reads to DC students
Poet Ambassador Anthony reads to DC students
FM member James can't stop reading "Long Way Down"
FM member James can't stop reading "Long Way Down"

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