LGBT Books for PrisonersLGBT Books to Prisoners is an organization based in Madison, WI that is run through volunteers and donations. They send free packages of books and educational materials to LGBTQ+ individuals across the United States that are incarcerated. With the mission to “acknowledge, and work against, the oppressive functions of the prison system,” these efforts of substantive solidarity are important to them as they recognize the little resources and materials incarcerated individuals – especially LGBTQ+ people – have. Given the numerous hardships they are subjected to, showing a caring community on the outside is crucial to their wellbeing.

Student Reflections

Substantive Solidarity from Winona to Madison – May 14, 2019

Inside/Outside Solidarity – July 23, 2018

Thank You

To the College of Liberal Arts, the Program of Winona State Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies for allowing this trip to happen and to the LGBT Books to Prisoners and Paperbacks and Pieces for partnering with our course. Our sincerest gratitude and thanks for being in coalition.


If you would like to donate, volunteer, or find out more, the following links can help you get started.

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Mary Jo Klinker

Mary Jo Klinker graduated from Washington State University with a PhD in American Studies, where she taught in the Departments of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies and English prior to teaching at Winona State University in the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. Engaging activism in the classroom is central to Mary Jo's pedagogy and also fuels her research, which focuses on the relation of queer activism and theory to feminist antimilitarist organizing and anti-imperialist critique. Her research utilizes ethnographic and participatory action methodologies to examine the impacts of neoliberalism on contemporary social movements. Her teaching interests include LGBT/Queer politics and history, transnational feminism, contemporary masculinities, and postfeminist media studies.

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