Video: On The Row

On The Row is a staged reading of the stories of 10 men on Arkansas’ Death Row collected over six months in 2016 through in-person creative writing guidance on the Row and follow-up by US Mail.

Pine Bluff Performance

Culminating in a staged reading of their work performed by actors inside the prison and outside for the community

Women Writing

Exploring the art of storytelling/creative writing with incarcerated women since 2012

Project News

Eight Men To Be Executed in 10 Days in Arkansas

Three of the 8 men to be executed are the storytellers in "On The Row". They are: Don Davis, Stacey Johnson, and Kenneth Williams. We were with these men for 6 months and we know them to be changed from the men they were over 20 years ago. Their stories are captured...

Video: Stories From The Inside Out

The Prison Story Project team met with 11 women incarcerated at the Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center from October 2016 through January 2017 in a storytelling/creative writing circle. Tiago Santo produced this video from the February 11th production of...

Testimonials

Stories From the Inside Out...was...incredible. Amazing. Moving. Touching. So many adjectives and they are all inadequate. The women's words have been turned into an exquisite performance by five actresses. They touch a truth and authenticity that is so moving - one moment hilarious, the next horrifying, the next inspiring. You will leave inspired by the new life and resurrection these women articulate. Lowell Grisham

Rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church

I have attended both prison stories project performances at St. Paul’s, and I think they are some of the most powerful performances I have ever seen. I am struck by the fact that the women creating these stories face so many problems that stem from domestic abuse. As director of the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter, I see our clients face many of the same struggles and barriers to a healthy and productive life. This is such an empowering project, both for those women participating and for all of us as an audience.

Melanie Palmer

GPC, Executive Director, Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter

Several of my students attended the most recent Prison Stories event. I notified them of the event because they had an assignment they could use it in conjunction with. So far, the feedback is pretty moving. Several of them even shared that the event changed their perspective on individuals who are incarcerated from “they are a danger to society” to “they are people with stories and experiences.” I felt I needed to pass that along. I am proud of the work that you do in our community and very thankful for you. Carly Franklin

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Arkansas

Thank you to the Prison Story Project for existing. This last performance was the 3rd (or 4th?) time I’ve had the opportunity to empower these women by voicing and valuing their lives through the performance of their brave and beautiful words. I wish everyone could be in my shoes during the prison performance when the healing power of art is almost tangible in a small, cinder-blocked room filled with 100 women in yellow. Thank you to the NWA audience that turned out in droves to hear these women’s stories. Laura Shatkus

Artistic Director and Prison Story Actor, Arkansas Staged