Jordan Mattox started the California Prison Poetry Contest in 2021 to give incarcerated individuals a voice. Inspired by his partner's work as a psychologist in CDCR and his love of poetry and education, Mattox wanted to create a contest for incarcerated men and women to express themselves creatively and continue the work of repair and healing through the arts.

Where We Publish

The Red Wheelbarrow has consistently published the work of incarcerated individuals. As such, it was a perfect outlet for publishing the winning works in this contest. The Red Wheelbarrow published each fall, is open to poets and writers from around the country and the world.

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