Dawoud Bey’s The Birmingham Project

June 1st, 2016



Dawoud Bey's The Birmingham Project – a series of paired photographs, one of a child who is now the age the children killed in the bombing at Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church were in 1963 and the other an adult the age those Birmingham children would be now – is beautiful. Like all Bey’s work. And also the paired photos open a door into time: that time; this time; what time would be if those murdered children had grown into their lives – the children that might have been born, the grandchildren, the work that might have been done; how our times might be different if that bombing had never happened.














Prison Poetry Workshop on radio and on-line

April 9th, 2015

Prison Poetry Workshop, a project of Appalshop, is a great resource that includes recorded writing opportunities for people in prison by Luis Rodriguez, Dwayne Betts, Buzz Alexander, Tory Sammartino, and me. The site includes resources and interviews.

Talk on my work

April 4th, 2015

Really grateful to be asked to speak to prison arts and ed programs. This year so far visited Words without Walls at Chatham University and the PEAC program at Arizona State University. Both are university programs doing good work in prisons and jails. Here's the ASU talk.

More Matisse and I

January 9th, 2014

Here are a few more of the images from the altered book I worked on this past summer and fall.


























Matisse and I: Our Book #1

January 1st, 2014

This past summer and fall I used a compilation of Matisse's Cut-Outs to create an altered book. Here are some of the pages (followed by 4 posts with more pages).


Henri 001


Henri 003


Henri 004