My heart was really full after the three hours we spent inside the Oregon State Penitentiary. I didn’t expect the students to be so welcoming, so warm, so hospitable, and so encouraging. I think it speaks to the work Rey and Rei have done in the past year and the relationship they’ve built with their students. It isn’t a poetry teacher and student relationship, it’s a friendship—and there’s a trust that they extended onto the rest of the Prisoner Poetry team. I am even more excited and more passionate about our project and can’t wait to get back in there with them.