Indianapolis poet and educator Joseph Foster is hoping to raise awareness and donations for the Poetry in the Prisons program in Indiana State Prisons by walking 700 miles to Lake Negagamon, Wis. He leaves April 9.
Foster will follow the Monon RailTrail north from downtown Indianapolis to a network of ghost and active railroads that lead all the way to the northwest corner of Wisconsin.
Foster feels a walk of this nature will help him “to discover the gifts of solitude, and to better understand and relate to others the universal prison walls that exist within all our lives.” He plans to finish by May 28 in order to attend poet Robert Bly’s Conference on the Great Mother and the New Father, a week-long gathering of artists, poets and musicians at Lake Nebagamon.
Folks interested in joining Foster on the first day of the Prisoner’s Walk can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up in Broad Ripple at 10 a.m. Foster will leave from Ripple Bagel and Deli at the Corner of Guilford and Broad Ripple Avenue.
Donations to Poetry in the Prisons can be made to: IPJC, Poetry in the Prisons, 6166 N. Carrollton Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220.
In an effort to build better readers and writers, the Mayor’s Youth Council is sponsoring the 2005 Youth for Youth Book Drive. Donate gently used or new children’s books appropriate for kids in kindergarten through the fifth grade.
The books will be distributed to Indianapolis Public Schools elementary students to create home libraries of 10-15 books. Books are being collected at Big Hat Books (922 E. Westfield Blvd.), Out Word Bound Books (625 N. East St.) and the Children’s Museum through April 17. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.