Beyond this annual conference, the Department of English sponsors the Prison Education Programming (PEP) initiative, which stems from “the belief that education is a right that inheres within our humanity.”

PEP coordinates the Pen Project, a class that gives students the opportunity to remotely edit writing submitted by inmates in New Mexico and Arizona prisons. PEP also organizes a cohort of volunteer teachers from ASU that instruct courses in subjects from Chinese to biology in the Florence and Eyman state prisons in Arizona.

In addition, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program gives ASU students the opportunity to enroll side-by-side with incarcerated students in a course taught within the Florence prison. ASU associate professor Kevin Wright, who helps direct the program, will speak at the conference.

The Prison Education Conference is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. To register, visit

The Department of English and the School of Social Transformation are academic units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU.

Written by Mia Armstrong

Kristen LaRue-Sandler

Manager, marketing + communications, Department of English