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Let Me Live
Let Me Live

Let Me Live

Voices of Youth Incarcerated

Edited by Save The Kids

Poetry Behind The Walls


138 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $12.00 (US $12.00) (CA $13.99)

Publication Date: December 2013

ISBN 9781936900220

Rights: US & CA

Arissa Media Group, LLC (Dec 2013)

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Part of the Poetry Behind the Walls series, this anthology collects the work of incarcerated youth worldwide. The poems and autobiographical sketches featured remind readers that incarcerated youth are thinking and feeling individuals with the same aspirations and goals as other children, not merely statistics to analyze or incorrigible people to forget and discard. As a creative outlet and space for expression, the book provides a means for the poets to empower themselves and resist victimization by the supposed criminal justice system.


“An essential literary tool that can be used to help dismantle the larger systemic issues of ending mass youth incarceration and the school to prison pipeline. The poetry and creative arts pieces in this book represent the souls of youth impacted by incarceration. It captures the beauty within each young persons’s process of self-empowerment and liberation.” —Emilio Lacques-Zapien, youth organizer, Youth Justice Coalition

“Let Me Live: Voices of Youth Incarcerated gives voice to the voiceless—it opens a line of communication between incarcerated youth and those of us in the so-called 'free world.' It is a crucial opportunity for youth to express their thoughts, feelings, emotions. And, an opportunity for us to listen and learn. Hear them . . .” —Dr. Nancy A. Heitzeg, professor of sociology & critical studies of race and ethnicity, St. Catherine University

"[It] includes the words of those who most need to be heard: imprisoned children and teens. Their skills are evident and the cultural need for their stories and wisdom is crucial. These youth have been marginalized and near forgotten, so their voices must be heard on the other side of the prison walls.” —Don C. Sawyer III, assistant professor, department of sociology, Quinnipiac University

Author Biography

Save the Kids is a fully volunteer grassroots organization rooted in hip-hop and transformative justice. It advocates for alternatives to, and the end of, the incarceration of all youth. It is based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.