The Poetry Group offers inmates a healthy creative way to express themselves. This COG program helps inmates build confidence and self-esteem by publishing their work and supporting them when they perform in front of an audience.
The group has published three volumes of South Dakota inmate poetry and art called Prose & Cons and they hope to put out a spoken word album soon. Proceeds from the sale of Prose & Cons (as well as the future spoken word album) go to Family Connection in Sioux Falls, SD.
It is COG’s hope that we get to continue to offer this outlet for the inmates to help them heal and grow, and to give society a peek into the thoughts and emotions of an incarcerated individual. This program has some of the most creative, insightful and honest sharing of any of the programs and we are always on the lookout for volunteers and donations to help keep growing and publishing.