SouthBound: Kyes Stevens On Teaching Alabama Prisoners And The Complications Of Home

Jul 24, 2019

Kyes Stevens went from her tiny hometown in Alabama to Sarah Lawrence College in New York. For a lot of people it might have been a springboard to a bigger world. But Stevens ended up going back home and making her own world bigger.

Kyes Stevens
Credit Barb Bondy

Back in 2002 she started teaching poetry to inmates at a state prison, and from that small start she has built the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, where more than 175 faculty members have provided education to more than 5,000 prisoners across the state. Her guiding principle is simple: No human being should be thrown away.

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First Rebirth, "Prisoner of Infinity"

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