Prison Arts is in the Washington Post Magazine!

Prison Arts Program’s Mark Despres, “Jail Birds”

We are thrilled that illustrations from seven Prison Arts Program artists are featured in the November 3rd edition of the Washington Post Magazine, titled The Prison Issue. Three of the artists were just released from prison.

The entire issue is written, illustrated and photographed by currently and formerly incarcerated Americans from throughout the United States.

These Prison Arts Program artists and their breathtaking works can be found in two sections of The Prison Issue:

“Personal Essays and Art”:
Mark Despres, “Jail Birds”
Mark Despres, “The Artist Heading Out”
William Gaviria, “King of the Prison”
Lee Jupina, “Anyone”
Natasha Kinion, “Freedom Speaks Louder from the Other Side”
James Pinder, “Butterfly”
James Pinder, “Say Goodbye”
David Saucier, “Mailing This Out” (Look for CPA’s address is in the illustration!)

“The Trials of Life After Prison….”:
Renee Peterson, Two illustrations for Mitchell Jackson

Illustration by Renee Peterson

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