Support Russell Wardlow
Join us as Give a Beat partners with and DJ Times for a new radio series called Prose of a Con, featuring the work of Russell Wardlow. Launching on October 13th, each episode will showcase Wardlow’s prose and poetry spoken aloud by DJs from across the electronic music community including Briddy, Blackliquid, DJ E-Clyps, Eli (Soul Clap), Mr. V, Myxzlplix, Nickodemus, Oscar P, Pontchartrain, and Stacey Hotwaxx Hale.
The episodes will be airing every other Sunday at 5pm EST until December 22nd. Each episode will also include interviews with these DJs by Jim Tremayne of DJ Times magazine and Mick Jacobs, as well as the opportunity to hear Russell share his thoughts and goals in his own words through the prison phone system.
Also known as #78756, Wardlow is a father, poet, activist and resident at Omaha Correctional Center, where he composes all his pieces. His poignant and insightful prose speaks to the destructive nature of the prison system and the healing power of artistic expression.
Started in 2017, Prose of a Con discovered Give a Beat by chance when Wardlow’s partner in the project, Katie Andrews, came in contact with the DanceGruv Radio.
"I was a state ward [foster child] with a mom incarcerated and father deceased. I went from the streets to the suburbs to college to prison. I escaped one statistic to fall to the other. The 2 pros to this con is that I’m alive and I’ve learned, the best thing about pain is the growth in it, so I hope to share mine through motivational speaking and performance poetry." - Wardlow
If you are moved by Russell's "floetry" and want to support him and others upon release, please contribute anything - it all helps.
Today, there are 70 million people that were swept into the criminal justice system and face incredible barriers after their release - 40,000 legal restrictions to getting their lives back after they have served their time. In order to open up pathways, we've got to change perceptions of incarcerated people, humanize, and remove stigma in order to reduce recidivism. This collaboration intends to do this.
"I want to give a voice to those that struggle to voice and identify their pain, while helping them rise from its depths. To those that feel judged, scorned and ashamed by their worst moments, and help them realize it’s just a moment regardless how few or many. I hope to open people’s eyes to prison to keep them from coming or coming back.” — Russell Wardlow
Read more of Russell's work here: Prose of a Con
Tune in to Dancegruv.net 5pm EST on October 13th, October 27th, November 10th, November 24th, December 8th, and December 22nd to hear "Prose of a Con."