Poets & Spoken Word Artists
Listen to all the poems from Calls From Home 2009
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We are calling on our poet, writer and creative friends to submit a work to Thousand Kites for our national radio broadcast Calls from Home. Call you poem into our 24/7 answering machine today. Don't worry if you mess up, we edit all the calls. Toll-free at (877) 410-4863.
Ode to Cook County Jail
Eleven years ago when prisoners in our region’s newly opened Supermax facilities wrote us about human rights abuses and racism, we responded as artists with a national media arts project. Soon we witnessed the effect our effort had on our region’s prisons. Light truly is the best sanitizer.
One of the first poems that came back to us from Wallens Ridge State prison was a gripping poem called "Grave Prison Yard." We responded by creating a public performance.
Grave Prison Yard
We are asking you to submit a work on the themes of incarceration, family, the power to endure and anything that would lift the spirits and spark creativity in our thousands of prisoner listeners. Speak from the heart.
Your work will be added to our website, broadcast on hundreds of radio stations as part of Calls from Home and released as part of a CD celebrating the program. If you want to order a free copy of the CD click here and we will send you contact information.
You can submit your poem, or read a prisoners poem if you have permission, by calling it into our toll-free line and recording it on our answering machine at toll-free at (877) 410-4863. Don’t worry if you slip up, we will edit all calls.
Please help spread the word to your friends. Add a link to this page to your Facebook page or email it to a friend. Contact us if you have ideas for how to grow the project.