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Artist of the day: Lizz Straight



Lizz Straight
, 29, is best known as a poet and the host of Poetry Is... on WMNF-88.5, though she's been known to sing and play guitar during live performances.

For the past four years Straight has traveled the state bringing poetry to whatever prison would let her in. She calls it the Poetry Is... Prison Tour. Her radio show has attracted plenty of fans in Florida's prisons, and she hopes to land a job teaching prison GED classes, which she hopes will be her ticket to leading poetry workshops for inmates.

Someday, she hopes to secure grants to open an art-based halfway house that will teach newly released prisoners job-hunting skills while allowing them to express their talents in poetry, music and fine arts.

“This whole time that I’ve been involved in this since the first prison has really changed the whole direction of my life, and it’s the reason that I’m still in Tampa,” Straight said.

Dalia Colon accompanied Straight and other poets on a recent visit to Zephyrhills Correctional Institution. Click here to read her story.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:15pm]


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