A Letter from the Editors

There is more than just a physical barrier between incarcerated people and those on the outside. It is a separation that goes beyond cells, iron bars, and heavy locks, and reaches deep into people's hearts and minds.

But there are some things that transcend even the most impassable boundaries. Stories, poems, and ideas—these things know no walls. And when we share in them together, maybe for a brief moment neither do we.

“Inside Out” is not only a title. It is also our mission, stated and reaffirmed with every piece we publish. To create something from inside—both inside ourselves and inside these correctional facilities—and share it with fellow readers, writers, and lovers of independent thought.

We hope you enjoy our stories, poems, essays, and artwork. Take a moment to consider the authors. They are neither statistics nor bogeymen, but people.

-The Editors