1. The Exchange: To Our Flags
  2. The Exchange: The Negro Speaks of Dryland
  3. The Exchange: blue is darker than Black
  4. The Exchange: Sans Fleur
  5. The Exchange: Blindspot
  6. The Exchange: Her.
  7. The Exchange: Lint
  8. The Exchange: Reality Check
  9. The Exchange: Caution
  10. The Exchange: Rubik’s Cube
  11. The Exchange: The Path
  12. The Exchange: sTREEtS
  13. The Exchange: Butter
  14. The Exchange: The Bright Side
  15. The Exchange: Concrete to Shoreline
  16. This Empty Cage
  17. Paper Machete
  18. The Exchange: Marketplace
  19. The Exchange: One Year Anniversary
  20. The Exchange: Sunscreen Affective Disorder (SAD) 
  21. The Exchange: Immigration & Culture
  22. The Exchange: Love, Street Cleaning, & Other Myths
  23. The Exchange: An Accent Enters a Room and Says Good Morning
  24. The Exchange: An ode to Oceania
  25. The Exchange: Happy New Year

This segment of The Exchange features the work of incarcerated folks who wrote to us. This week’s prompt is brought to you by Dixon Performing Arts whose motto is “Transformational Therapeutic Rehabilitation Through the Arts” and provides a creative outlet for incarcerated men at Dixon Correctional facility. 

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Victor M. Serrano, Stateville Correctional Center

In his letter, Serrano wrote “I thank you for the work you are doing. Awareness brings us to knowledge and knowledge is power.”


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Delandis Adams, Dixon County Correctional


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“How has the violence in your community affected you personally and what would you do to fix it?” 

This could be a poem or a stream-of-consciousness piece. Submissions could be new or formerly written pieces. 

Submissions can be sent to bit.ly/ssw-exchange or via email to chima.ikoro@southsideweekly.com.

The last poem and prompt can be found here.

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