“The Appalachian Prison Book Project has opened a new chapter here in West Virginia. Inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton, a female institution in Bruceton Mills, will now receive donated books and participate in a book club supervised by head members of the new chapter.
“We see this as a logical extension of the book program already in place. This will give women the chance to explore various ideas and interests all with the hope that it will improve their lives and help them in the post-prison process in terms of acclimating back into society once they’re released,” said Cari Carpenter, executive board member at APBP and WVU associate professor of English.” More below.
Katy Ryan, Associate Professor of the WVU English department and founder of APBP, was recognized in April 2014 in The Daily Athenaeum, WVU’s student newspaper. Katy had recently been named the recipient of the Neil S. Bucklew award by the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for her work with APBP. The article ends with a mention of the Educational Justice and Appalachian Prisons Symposium, co-coordinated by Katy and held April 4-6 at the WVU Downtown Campus.
To read more about Katy and her fantastic contributions to social justice in the Appalachian region, visit http://www.thedaonline.com/news/article_b190cd4e-ba25-11e3-98c6-0017a43b2370.html
APBP is featured in the recent Eberly magazine. AND one of our amazing undergraduate volunteers, Stephanie Anderson, is showcased for her academic achievements (“Being at college means everything right now. I’m so glad to be here.”) AND Mark Brazaitis is celebrated for his recent collection of short stories, The Incurables.
An Associated Press article has APBP in the national news today! Here are a couple pics and a link to the article.
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Today an article about APBP was published by the Associated Press, which explains the nearly 400 hits we’ve had on the site before noon today. (As a point of reference, 10 hits/day would be about average.) Of course, this reminds a blog-keeper like myself that the site hasn’t been updated with any news in way too long, so hopefully the next few hundred “clickers” on our site today will enjoy our fall update!
- We had a great fundraiser concert at one of Morgantown’s finest venues, 123 Pleasant Street, last week. We raised about $400, or enough to send about 200 books. Many thanks to the organizers of this event, including Mark Brazaitis, Elissa Evans, Rayna Momen, and Olga Gonzalez, and to LJ at 123 for giving us a great venue for our fundraiser. Performers included Almost Blue, Best Friends, and Haley Slagle & Billy Matheny, some of Morgantown’s finest musicians; we appreciate the time and talent they donated to the cause.
- WVU Law Students are collecting donations for APBP. Law students were very helpful in helping us navigate the course to become an offical, tax-exempt nonprofit, and we appreciate everything they contribute to the organization.
- As mentioned above, in addition to local press, APBP was recently featured in an article published by the Associated Press. Dominique Bruno gave a great interview to Vicki Smith, the article’s author, for the project–be sure to have a read!
- Saturday volunteer packing sessions continue weekly from 10am-1pm in the Aull House on Spruce Street, next to the Morgantown Public Library. Come down and help us out if you feel so inclined!
- As usual, we are grateful to ALL volunteers who help us out in any capacity to make sure that our mission of sending books to prisoners in our service region continues to be carried out, even when we are low on resources. Thanks to all of you!
And thanks to all of you who are checking out our site for the first time today in response to our national press. We appreciate your interest in our project and hope you will stay in touch by joining our Facebook page, subscribing to this blog, or contacting us to be added to our email list. It is wonderful to have friends from across the nation and world!
Hot off the presses! Well, not “hot,” exactly–it was published a few days ago–but a nice write-up in any case!
APBP in the DA, 8/22/2012
We were featured in The Dominion Post this past weekend. Click the link below to see the article. Since we can’t link directly to the newspaper, it is just a scanned PDF, so just zoom in and ignore the fact that it’s a little bit grainy!
APBP in The Dominion Post, 4 June 2011