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This Place is Hell
This Place is Hell

This Place is Hell

Poetry & Art by Minnesota Youth Incarcerated

Edited by Save the Kids STK, Foreword by Brother Ali


Poetry Behind The Walls


291 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $12.00 (CA $13.00) (US $12.00)

Publication Date: August 2016

ISBN 9781936900244

Rights: US & CA

Arissa Media Group, LLC (Aug 2016)

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This collection provides a space and place for the voices of youth who are incarcerated to critically express their experiences related to the criminal justice system, school system, and their community. Grounded in hip-hop culture, the writing style throughout the series often reflects non-colonial English. The collection promotes social justice and critical thinking about education, poverty, sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, and all other forms of oppression. As a creative outlet and space for expression, this book provides a means for the poets to empower themselves and resist victimization.


"The rhythmic, moving, Hip Hop-inflected wordsmithing that flows from this book is one of the most creative and inspiring responses to racist state violence I have come across in a long time."  —David Naguib Pellow, author, Garbage Wars

"This Place is Hell: Poetry and Art by Minnesota Youth Incarcerated is a powerful compilation, almost an oral history, told by those who lived it. Here we hear the voices of those who are hidden from view. The more noise, like this work, which we can make, the more palpable the media silence about this issue will become. This book is extremely important."  —John Carico, journalist, The Fifth Column

"This Place is Hell: Poetry and Art by Minnesota Youth Incarcerated is refreshing and courageous, encompassing the voice of the voiceless."  —Hasan Stephens, founder and executive director, Good Life Foundation

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. Brother Ali is a highly respected hip hop artist, speaker, and activist. He was a keynote speaker at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and has landed coveted press features in magazines such as Rolling Stone and The Source. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.