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Published Works by Incarcerated Students


For the Sake of Something Larger book cover

The new MCI Matters blog will feature one-of-a-kind essays, ideas, poetry, and prose.  Each month, this page will showcase new work by one of our students at Westville Correctional Facility. For the first few months, we will be featuring pieces from our new student publication, “For the Sake of Something Larger.” This collection was made possible with a grant from the Indiana Humanities to support the production of a student-sponsored Community Read, accompanying publication of student poetry and prose, and distribution of the book across the country. “For the Sake of Something Larger” bears the name of one student’s essay. MCI lost Michael Godsey this past summer, and his death touched everyone very deeply.

Meet Heath Burgess. He recently earned his Associate of Arts degree from Holy Cross College through the Moreau College Initiative at Westville Correctional Facility. His short story below, “An Investigation into Resurrection,” holds the promise of renewal and regeneration.