“Writing lances old wounds and helps them heal,” states a writer who has been locked up since she was 14 years old. We will “meet” a dozen men and women who have been awarded prizes from PEN America, a 100-year-old organization. PEN created a prison writing contest in 1971 to recognize the hidden talent inside our correctional facilities. The instructor corresponds with many of these authors and will share personal letters and photos with students. Everyone will receive copies of poems and stories. Join me in getting to know these gifted writers.