Prison Story Tour


Artistic Innovations grant recipient The Prison Story Project tours the region

The Prison Story Project is a storytelling project that benefits the incarcerated. Inmates explore their truths through poetry, storytelling, and creative writing.

From May through October of 2016, The Prison Story Project was given unprecedented access to the men on Arkansas’ Death Row at Varner Prison. There were thirty-four men on the row at the time, and eleven of those men chose to participate in the project.

The inmates met with the volunteer team once a month in person on death row to explore writing and storytelling concepts, and followed up by US Mail in between visits.

A staged reading of their work—On The Row—was developed and performed for the men on death row on October 8, 2016 and has been touring the US since.

In February 2017, the Governor of Arkansas announced that the state would execute eight men over ten days just after Easter. Four of the men that the Prison Story Project served were on that list. Two of the men were given last minutes stays and two were executed. Read more in the Fayetteville Flyer.

Now, this work is touring to Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Do not miss the powerful performances.