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Incarcerated Writers Initiative Letter-Writing Event

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Send a letter to an incarcerated writer: a small amount of time will make a meaningful difference. 

This year, for the third time, the Columbia Journal opened its annual submissions to incarcerated writers, allowing them to send their work by mail.

In order to deepen our ties to the prison-writing community, and to give these writers the responses they deserve, we are sending letters of response to each incarcerated writer who submitted work.

That’s where, we’re hoping, you come in.

This Monday, March 11th, 6:15-9 PM in Dodge 413, all students in the Writing Program—first-year and second-year, Journal staff and members of the wider Columbia University community— are invited to help read submissions from incarcerated writers and compose letters of response, offering suggestions for how they can improve their work and, most important, offering words of inspiration and encouragement. The time commitment for you will be small, the benefit to the writers unimaginably large. Even writing one letter will make a difference.

Questions? Email us at! 

Earlier Event: March 1
The Eye x Quarto: Past Imperfect
Later Event: April 1
Quarto MFA Panel