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California Prison Poetry Contest Encourages Creativity Among The Incarcerated

Jordan Mattox
Teacher and podcaster Jordan Mattox

High school teacher and Fresno-based podcaster Jordan Mattox recently founded The California Prison Poetry Contest. He’s currently collecting short poems from incarcerated men and women throughout the state. Entrants have a chance to win cash prizes and be published in a literary magazine. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to Mattox about what he hopes to accomplish with the contest, and how the idea grew from conversations with his wife, who works as a psychologist at Avenal State Prison. 

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