In Celebration of National Poetry Month:
Sing Sing Prison Museum is celebrating National Poetry Month with a video program of poetry readings featuring Nascimento Blair, Jose Perez, Mimi Pascual and Ivan Calaff. SSPM museum associate Robert Rose III moderates the program that also showcases historical poetry published in 1849 by incarcerated people at Mt. Pleasant State Prison (renamed Sing Sing Prison in the 1850s).
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In 1849, Voices From Prison: A Selection of Poetry Written Within the Cell was published and featured poems from people incarcerated at Mt. Pleasant Prison, later renamed Sing Sing. Below is an excerpt from the book, including a poem entitled "To My Sister, On Her Birthday."
Historic Poem Reading:
For Further Reading
Want more poetry content? For further reading, the Ossining Public Library has kindly curated a guide of poetry recommendations.
The Sing Sing Prison Museum is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.
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