Prison Renaissance


The Renaissance of the 1400s brought the rebirth of reason in Europe, and the 1920s saw the rebirth of African-American art & literature in the Harlem Renaissance and its echoes.

Prison Renaissance began with a group of incarcerated artists who experienced a rebirth of their human values. Artistic expression changed the way they see themselves. Art and education will allow them to help change how other incarcerated people see themselves — as citizens and community builders instead of outsiders and burdens.

We hope that a return to civic duty among incarcerated-Americans will change how the public views its incarcerated population — the largest in the world.

Prison Renaissance publishes an online literary journal of work by incarcerated authors in addition to regular posts on our website. If you'd like to read our literary journal for 2017 click here


Images courtesy of Peter Mertz for Artistic Ensemble



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Coming soon!

Stanford & Prison Renaissance collaboration continues…

When communications from inside prison break down, our artists turn to letters and postcards. 

The second issue of the Incarceratedly Yours zine is coming soon! Find out more here.

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You are invited,

to a zine and video launch of a poetry, art, and video project on mental health by artists inside California jails and prisons. Artists will call in from inside and discuss the power of healing art practice and perform their pieces. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Doors open at 1pm. Program from 1:30-4:30pm.

Impact Justice Loft, 2633 Telegraph Ave., Suite 315, Oakland, CA 94612

Please RSVP since we have limited space.

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Prison Renaissance and a Stanford Collaborative Zine

Incarceratedly Yours, issue i is here and will be officially released at our zine launch!

This has been an amazing effort from Prison Renaissance contributors in collaboration with our amazing collaborators at Stanford.

View Incarceratedly Yours here