Writing Archives - Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION

Unbarred Poetics

These four poetry writing prompts explore different ways to use artistic practice to get to the heart of issues related to the carceral state.

Family Affair

A world without prisons has little to do with the physical absence of cages or cuffs. Any one of us could be in prison for the things we’ve done or been complicit in, yet have never been held accountable for.

Breath Scores

Breath Scores is a series of breathing meditations inspired by the writings and activist works of Black radical thought and Engaged Buddhism.

Invisible Suitcase

The Invisible Suitcase activity was created for children and families interacting with the family regulation system (child removal services), specifically children entering into foster care.

Truth, Facts, Reality | Stories, Claims, Lies

This prompt teaches us to read between the lines and to reach the core of an article — that is, the assertions that are rooted in hard evidence and scientific data.

To Shape a Mind

In this prompt, Burton leads us to interrogate our own experiences as school-aged students and to reimagine what a supportive environment for the children of incarcerated parents might look like.