Formerly Incarcerated Youth Poets Take the Stage

WHAT: Stories of Strength: Beyond Bars, an evocative performance that will showcase the struggles, insights and successes of formerly incarcerated youth from Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop through their original poetry.

The event will also celebrate the release of BleakHouse Publishing’s latest book of poetry, Up the River, written by inmate Chandra Bozelko. All audience members will receive a copy of the book.

Tickets are available for purchase online for $5.


WHO: Poetry will be performed by Free Minds Poet Ambassadors, a group of formerly incarcerated young adults. Through their introduction to reading and writing through Free Minds in the DC Jail, the poets have gone on to become avid readers, dynamic writers and community changemakers.


WHEN: March 17th, 7-8:30 pm. Doors will open 15 minutes before the show.


WHERE: Busboys and Poets, Langston Room, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC

Street parking is free after 6:30 pm.

To arrive by metro, take the Green Line to U St/13th St and walk one block West and one block North to 14th st entrance.


CONTACT: For press related inquiries, please contact Nora Kirk at

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