Topic: Unlocking the Voices of Incarcerated Women

Ellen Stackable is the Executive Director of Poetic Justice, an organization that teaches creative writing to incarcerated women. Ellen Stackable has taught English and writing for over fifteen years at Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences. While pursuing her master’s degree in Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma, she became aware of the issue of mass incarceration of women in Oklahoma. As a writing teacher, she knew the power of writing to transform lives, so she wanted to teach writing to incarcerated women. In March of 2014, she helped start Poetic Justice, working with incarcerated women at the Tulsa County Jail. Poetic Justice classes give a voice to the voiceless and empower women to change as they engage in self-reflective, therapeutic writing. Poetic Justice now has fifteen volunteers who teach classes to incarcerated women every week at the Tulsa County Jail and Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, the largest women’s prison in Oklahoma. Every Tuesday, you can find Stackable at Mabel Bassett surrounded by incarcerated women, who are becoming poet warriors.

Watch Ellen’s talk.