Written by - Joanna
Founded in 1999, Voices From Inside is an organization that provides creative writing workshops and performance opportunities, as well as leadership training, for currently and formerly incarcerated women in Western Massachusetts. The writing that emerges from these spaces offers these women a chance to amplify their voices and change the public perception of who are incarcerated, and why. In this poem, a woman named Joanna, who is involved with VFI, expresses her love and care for a person in her life who has supported her through her struggles. In many cases, Voices From Inside publishes only the writer’s first name in order to protect their privacy.