"Voices from the Row" An exhibition of poetry and art from San Quentin's death row, held at the Poetry Society in London - July 2018
During July 2018 "Voices from the Row", an exhibition of poetry and artwork by prisoners incarcerated on death row San Quentin was held at the Poetry Café in London. It was visited by hundreds of people - and it went some way to prove that art and poetry can transcend prison walls.I hope you enjoy this "virtual exhibition".
When you scroll down, you will be able to listen to five poets who are residing on death row San Quentin, read their poetry:- (Alphonso Howard, Bill Clark, Carl Powell, Ojore McKinnon and Steve Champion). We feel that poetry is more powerful when read aloud so we wanted to try to make this happen. It did cause some challenges and difficulties though.For example, nerves come to the fore all of a sudden and so we recorded and re-recorded several times, and it can also be challenging trying to record when the automated GTL prison recorded voice interrupts at any given moment. What we ended up with though was some powerful poetry written by people despite the extreme conditions they are living in - and read aloud by them too. We hope you enjoy listening to the readings.
Please feel free to share. We want to "Voices from the Row"to reach as many people as possible. Please scroll down to listen to the poets read their work, and scroll through the slideshow to see some of the artwork.
Below is the poster from the "Voices from the Row Exhibition" which was held during the month of July 2018 and also the poster for the panel discussion about art and poetry in the criminal justice system, which was held on Friday 6th July 2018
Welcome to "Voices from the Row"
Artist, Mudlark & passionate about helping prisoners on death row to share their artwork and creative writing