Contact Us

Anthony J. Nocella II
C/O Poetry Behind the Walls
Department of Sociology
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive

Durango, CO 81301

Phone : 315-657-2911

Email : and


10504908_10152646544172065_3142447710450998360_oLizea Harper –
Outreach and Detention Liaison

Lizea Harper is a performing artist, activist, and mother to her four-year-old daughter Isabella, currently pursuing a degree in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Minnesota. Her interest in food justice recently brought her the opportunity to travel to Nepal where she helped educate underprivileged students on healthy dietary choices. Locally, Lizea takes an active role in community organizing centered around issues of global inequality and injustices. She has an interest in using the arts and music as a viable platform for informing members of her community about ways they can create progressive change, as well. Lizea currently has two musical projects in the works and has performed at various venues across the Twin Cities with a style influenced heavily by spoken word, jazz, and hip hop. She is currently the associate managing editor on a national literary project focused on publishing the poetry and writing of incarcerated youth. She can be contacted at




11115859_1413318075644313_2083622242_nJoseph Davis –
Editor and Manager of Youth Writing

 Joe Davis is a poet, teaching artist, and community organizer based  in the Twin Cities. As a spoken word artist he has performed across the country including national music festivals and a TEDx talk. As a teacher and community organizer he has lead writing workshops,  hosted open mics, and facilitated intercultural dialogues. One of six recepeints of the 2015 Intermedia Verve Spoken Word Artist Grant, he is currently developing a multimedia project exploring artist activism through a documentary, full length CD, and book of original poetry and essays. A lover of chocolate, good books, and cartoons, his work (and play) always serves as a wholehearted invitation into joyful revolution. 




anthony nocellaDr. Anthony J. Nocella II –
Social Media and Administration

Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of sociology, criminology, peace and conflict studies, and gender and women’s studies at Fort Lewis College, Editor of the Peace Studies Journal, National Co-Coordinator of Save the Kids, Director of Academy for Peace Education, and Director of Outdoor Empowerment. Nocella is grounded in the fields of peace, and conflict studies, justice studies, and education. Nocella has more than seven years experience teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in higher education. Dr. Nocella has published more than fifty scholarly articles or book chapters and over twenty books; his  most recent books include “From Education to Incarceration: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline” (Peter Lang Publishing 2014), “Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice” (New Society Press 2014), and “The End of Prisons: Reflections from the Decarceration Movement” (Rodopi 2013). 




12647597_883442675110365_2052479788_nKeno Evol –
Annual Book Release Coordinator

Keno Evol – from Minneapolis, MN is an Artist, Performer, Poet, Educator, Spoken word artist, dancer, and director Keno Evol is indeed a man of many hats. Keno is currently working for Pillsbury House Theater as a resident teaching artist. He has founded No Projection, a company that teaches literacy through spoken word and social justice theater. He chooses Social Justice Education through theater, and art because he believes that art cannot only teach creative, and powerful practices, but also because it can educate us on how to become better human beings. “Art allows you to listen to the world around you and take in other perspective which is not easily done, especially in today’s society.”



12769487_10204026720347588_574781508_nHanna Maddera –
Layout and Visual Design Coordinator

Hanna Maddera is currently a Communications and Graphic Design student in Durango, Colorado. She is an officer for two student-led organizations, Sociology Club and Feminist Voice. Through these organizations, she runs a student food pantry, writes to prisoners, organizes events and fundraisers, and self-publishes radical literature through the form of zines. She is the Lead Print Design and Photography Editor of The Independent Student News Magazine, DJ of KDUR’s GURL HURL, and she works with developmentally disabled elderly citizens through Community Connections.”