This poetry class is taught by Sally Vogl; she is sponsored by the Fresno Arts Council. There has been a fruitful collaboration between this class and a painting class at the same prison. The students in the oil painting class made some works, which were then transferred over to the poetry class. The poets are now in the process of creating verse based on their fellow inmates’ paintings. Because they live on different yards, the two groups of artists for the most part have never met. The visual art students have also created paintings that will be used as cover art for a poetry booklet that Sally is creating of her students’ work.

The class is part of California Arts in Corrections, which is administered by the California Arts Council in partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: www.artsincorrections.org.

Funding for these photographs was provided by the California Arts Council.

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