Session 1 | 12:00 PM - 1:30PM

Session 2 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Room 2442 | UCLA School of Law



This workshop will focus on harsh mail policies that prohibit incarcerated mothers from communicating with their children. We will discuss ethical concerns around communicative restrictions placed on women in prisons and jails, and how strict mail policies ultimately deny children the right to relationships with their mothers. Participants will explore ways to reunite families through art and writing, as we will write poetry and design greeting cards that celebrate incarcerated women. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we hope to inspire participants to show support and empathy for incarcerated women who are separated from their children on holidays—and every day.


Kristi DiLallo

Kristi DiLallo holds an MFA from Columbia University and currently teaches Communication Ethics at the California State University, Monterey Bay. While living in NYC, she taught writing and art workshops for teen girls and young women incarcerated on Rikers Island, and curated an art exhibition featuring work by currently and formerly incarcerated artists at Columbia School of Social Work's Beyond the Bars Conference. She is writing a memoir about navigating the unique stigma around children of incarcerated parents and families of murder victims. Her work has appeared in Guernica, BitchMedia, Modern Loss, the Vera Institute of Justice blog, and elsewhere.


Nathan Xavier Osorio

Nathan Xavier Osorio is the son of Mexican and Nicaraguan immigrants. He has taught classes on the intersections of creative writing, translation, and political activism at Barnard College, the New School, and Columbia University. In addition to writing and teaching, Nathan previously worked as a community organizer partnering with parent leaders to improve educational experiences of Latino, immigrant, and indigenous families in the South Bronx. His writing and translations can be found at BOMB, the Offing, and Boston Review's Poems for Political Disaster. He is currently a PhD student in creative/critical writing at UC Santa Cruz.