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MCI Matters

Published Works by Incarcerated Students


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.

Below is “The Gun” by William Humbles. This narrative takes on the perspective of a young boy witnessing a traumatic and significant event in his home.

Director Alesha Seroczynski with William Humbles at HCC’s 2021 Honors Convocation.

Director Alesha Seroczynski, Ph.D., with William Humbles at the Holy Cross College 2021 Honors Convocation.
Photo was taken by photographer Peter Ringenberg.

William Humbles piece.

Below are previous works 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. We hope you enjoy Michael’s essay below.

Michael Godsey blog piece

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, “An Investigation into Resurrection,” holds the promise of renewal and regeneration.

This comic piece by Gary McCain from the MCI Fiction Writing class taught by the University of Notre Dame Professor Emerita Valerie Sayers, is an excellent example of the wit and energy brought to the course.

Piece by MCI student Gary McCaing