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January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Don’t Shake the Spoon Vol. 4 Launch with Exchange for Change


January 15
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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Books & Books presents…


with Exchange for Change

January 15th, 2023, 6:30 PM | Books & Books Coral Gables


The fourth volume of Don’t Shake the Spoon: A Journal of Prison Writing brings the talents and imaginations of 50 inside writers and artists to the outside world.

Don’t Shake the Spoon is the literary publication of Exchange for Change, a nonprofit whose mission is to offer “educational and communication skills-building courses to students who are incarcerated to amplify and bring their voices to the outside” and to provide “vision and understanding on both sides of the fence.”

Readers of this volume will discover a complicated and compelling array of insights and emotions: struggle, joy, anger, fear, regret, nostalgia, despair, hope, relief, empathy, restoration, and more. Some pieces are thematically situated within prison walls, while others take imaginative flight well beyond the physical confines in which they were composed. Collectively, the writers and artists featured here demonstrate that human creativity always finds a way.


About the Speakers

Kathie Klarreich

Executive Director, Exchange for Change

Kathie Klarreich is founder and current Executive Director of Exchange for Change, a local nonprofit that offers educational and communication skills-building courses to students who are incarcerated.  Prior to her work in prisons she was a career journalist for print, radio and television, reporting for TIME, the New York Times, ABC and NPR from Haiti, where she was based for 13 years. She is also the author of a memoir Madame Dread: A Tale of Love, Vodou and Civil Strife in Haiti.


Tania Cepero Lopez

Associate Teaching Professor of Writing & Rhetoric, English, FIU, E4C Facilitator, and co-editor

Tania is an Associate Teaching Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at FIU. As a volunteer facilitator for Exchange for Change, she has taught Writing as Social Action, and Writing about the Exile Experience at Homestead Correctional. She also facilitated a letter exchange during fall 2022 between FIU and incarcerated students.


Gissell del Castillo

FIU English Graduate Student who participated in a letter exchange and co-editor

Gissell is an English graduate student working through her master’s thesis, as well as a high school English teacher.  Graduating this semester, she is grateful for the partnership FIU has been willing to offer with E4C. This partnership which allowed her to be a letter exchange partner, but also a volunteer with E4C for almost two years, has made her a better student and person.


Nick Vagnoni

Nick Vagnoni is a Teaching Professor in the FIU English Department’s Writing and Rhetoric Program. He has been facilitating creative writing classes at prisons and jails in Miami-Dade County since 2016 with Exchange for Change, and has also served as an editor for Don’t Shake the Spoon, E4C’s annual publication of incarcerated student writing.


Darren Tinker

Exchange for Change (former) Student

Darren Tinker (DT) Is a public speaker, actor, and writer who found his passions behind bars. After being both falsely accused and wrongfully incarcerated for over three years, Darren has made it his goal to become an activist for prison education and reform. Through inspirational speaking and creating thought-provoking content, he hopes to help shed light on the humanity of the incarcerated population, in effort to shatter social stigmas and incite true change.