About the Grant

$25,000 to support The People's Poet (MAP 2009), an online multi-media community inspired by the life and work of poet Etheridge Knight (1931-1991). TPP brings together poet Frank X Walker, media director and producer Ian Inaba of Citizen Engagement Lab, and Appalshop’s web-based criminal justice communication project, Thousand Kites, to develop new forms of civic engagement for prison reform. To build overlapping constituencies prepared to take action, the project will combine live spoken word and jazz performance based on Knight’s acclaimed prison poems with viral media production and social networking that leverages the online communities of thousands of prisoner families, former prisoners, and corrections officers.

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