Make a Poem Cry is an anthology of poems from one of California's high-security prisons brought to us through the creative writing classes of Luis J.
Rodriguez, sponsored by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.
Rodriguez, who is Tia Chucha Press's founding editor, and formerly incarcerated writer Kenneth E.
Hartman have selected work penned from 2016 to 2018.
These are poems, essays, stories, and more mined from the depths of familial, racial, and economic violence.
They are imaginings for how to address trouble and crime without punishment, dehumanization, and violence in return.
Here's restorative/transformative justice in action.
Here's redemption in the flesh. Here are voices and viewpoints needed for a just and equitable world for all. Funded by the Arts for Justice Fund, the project is part of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural's 'Trauma to Transformation Program.'