“I just fell in love with the idea that writing could change someone’s life.” - Ellen Stackable, Founder of Creative Writing Non-Profit “Poetic Justice” (@PoeticJusticeOK)
Did you know that the U.S. is the world’s most zealous incarcerator of women? That while only 4% of the world’s female population lives in the U.S., we account for over 30% of the world’s incarcerated women? Yet we rarely hear their stories; we don’t take into account the psychological impact prison has had on them, or the context of their experiences which often includes childhood trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and poverty.
Moved by meeting incarcerated women in Oklahoma, many of whom were first-time, non-violent offenders, Ellen Stackable noted, “These women have been failed by everyone… When you learn what they’ve been through, you understand how they found their way to prison.” That’s when the English teacher of over 20 years, created PoeticJustice.org - a space where incarcerated women can heal and commune through their written word.
Read this month’s #LoveOurGirls newsletter to meet some of the women whose sense of hope, self-worth, and personal empowerment have been restored through the power of storytelling and gaining their own voice. The link is in my bio.