Poetry Behind the Walls is open to all incarcerated youth throughout the world.  We would like all writing to advocate positive expression and hope. It does not matter what kind of writing ability the youth exhibit.

Contract for PBW Poetry Behind the Walls 2018 must be signed by every youth author (youth) for each writing/art including a name and signature of a representative from the juvenile detention facility. Please send writing/art and contract to:

      • Please send original submissions and contracts via e-mail to:

        • Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II
          c/o Poetry Behind the Walls
          Department of Criminal Justice
          Institute for Public Safety
          Salt Lake Community College
          Larry H. Miller Campus
          Public Safety Education and Training Center
          Office: 270D
          9750 South 300 West
          Sandy, Utah 84070



Annual Poetry Behind the Walls Timeline:

January 2 – January 1 – Collect poetry from detention facilities

January 2 – February 1 – Editing completed

February 2 – March 1 – Layout completed

March 2 – March 15 – Send off to Publisher

March 16 to April 30 – Receive completed copies from publisher

June 1 to June 30 – Release party

July – Presentation in the city that Brave New Voices annual national event is each year