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From 2012 to 2021, Amy devoted most of her time and her talent to the nonprofit she and her husband, teacher and playwright Dennis Danziger, created to support children of the incarcerated. POPS the Club was born of the couple's vision and built by collaboration. Among their collaborative efforts were the eight anthologies Amy and Dennis created by guiding, teaching, cajoling and shepherding hundreds of young writers to produce and publish. In 2019 they also founded Out of the Woods Press to further distribute and promote the work created by these young artists.  

Over those years, many stories were also produced about both the nonprofit and the creative output of the youth served. Links to some of those stories, and to each of the anthologies, are below

Podcast Interviews 2020, on Pursuing Justice with Harriet Hendel

Amy Friedman, Founder and Executive Director POPS the Club,
Part One on the podcast Pursuing Justice
May 18, 2020
https://pod.co/pursuing-justice/author-editor-founder-of-p-o-p-s-amy-friedman-part-1
Part Two, May 25, 2020
https://pod.co/pursuing-justice/author-editor-founder-of-p-o-p-s-amy-friedman-part-2

Karen Arellano, POPS student alum and former communications intern on the podcast Pursuing Justice
August 3, 2020
https://pod.co/pursuing-justice/karen-arellano

Katherine Secaida, POPS student ambassador on the podcast Pursuing Justice,
August 10, 2020
https://pod.co/pursuing-justice/katherine-secaida

John Rodriguez, former POPS Board member, on the podcast Pursuing Justice
September 7, 2020
https://pod.co/pursuing-justice/john-rodriguez

Shalei Heflin, former POPS Board member, on the podcast Pursuing Justice
September 14, 2020
https://pod.co/pursuing-justice/shalei-heflin


Past Events

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Amy Friedman and Dream Catchers were featured in The Argonaut. You can read the full piece, including quotes from participants, here.

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Deborah Kalb interviewed Amy Friedman about POPS the Club and Dream Catchers. You can read her full interview here.

March 2021
Dream Catchers was reviewed by Midwest Book Review.

The literary strength of these reflections, their intimate glimpses into not just experiences beyond the law but the rationale behind how these young people choose to interact with the world, and the diverse artistic formats translate into evocative works urban teens will find unusually compelling.

You can read the full review here.

Monday, February 15, 2021
Amy Friedman and the POPS the Club students were featured on Penn Live. You can read the full piece here: Club gives students with relatives in prison a safe place: 'You have . . . people there that can support you.'

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Amy Friedman and the POPS the Club students were featured in the San Fernando Sun. You can read the full piece, "POPS the Club Gives Kids with Incarcerated Family Members a Space And a Voice," here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2021
Amy Friedman was a guest on "Insight" with Mark Farrell on Progressive Radio Network. You can listen to the full episode here.

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Amy Friedman and POPS students were profiled for the Culver City Observer. You can read the full article, "Transforming Pain into Empowerment Through POPS Clubs," here.

Monday, January 18, 2021
Amy Friedman was a guest on VoiceAmerica's Positive Living with host Patricia Raskin. You can listen to the full episode here.

Monday, January 18, 2021
Amy Friedman was a guest on the WEOL Morning Show with host Bruce Van Dyke. You can listen to their conversation here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Amy Friedman was a guest on Conversations LIVE with host Cyrus Webb. You can listen to the whole conversation here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Dream Catchers is reviewed in the February 1, 2021, issue of Booklist by Kathleen McBroom, who writes that "it's increasingly obvious that these POPS the Club communities deserve wider recognition. While the collection is sometimes tough to read, these are voices that deserve to be heard." You can read the full review here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Amy Friedman was interviewed by Bob Gourley on "Issues Today," KTYM-AM (San Pedro, CA). The interview is available here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Amy Friedman was a guest on “Late Night Health” on iHeart Radio with Mark Alyn.

Monday, January 11, 2021
Amy Friedman and POPS students from Calloway Middle School spoke with Jenna Oden of LaGrange Daily News. Leadership of the Communities in Schools of Georgia spoke about the genesis of their participation in POPS and how students were encouraged to write about sensitive topics. The full article is available here.

Monday, January 11, 2021
Amy Friedman was interviewed for Top of Mind with Julie Rose Sirius XM Radio's BYU Radio. You can listen to the full interview here.

Friday, January 1, 2021
Dream Catchers was reviewed by the School Library Journal Review by Molly Dettmann, who writes that "[e]ach page is a testament to how art can heal and express feelings and emotions." You can read the full review here.

Sunday, November 1, 2020
Dream Catchers was reviewed by Kirkus, where the reviewer notes that "the pieces are emotive but not resigned" and "their contributions are lyrical, haunting, and poignant, and the anthology marches toward hope." You can read the full review here.

Desperado's Wife:

Waking From The American Dream with Kelly Carlin: Podcast (#79)

Experience Talks, With Tim Carpenter, February 2, 2013

Write with Spike: Interview with Amy Friedman: Interview with author Spike Gillespie on February 9, 2013

Women Behind the Wall: On BlogTalk Radio

 

And More..

Amy on Teaching Pen in the Classroom (a program of PEN USA, a nonprofit writers' organization), from the Palisadian-Post, by Danielle Gillespie

Excerpt from a Pen in the Classroom StudentT, Nina's World

Amy at Idyllwild Authors Series, from Idyllwild Town Crier, by Marshall Smith

5-Question Author Interview: Amy Friedman, from The Writer's [Inner] Journey, by Meredith

Amy Friedman is Coming to Town!, from Savory Salons

Author Q&A: Syndicated Columnist Amy Friedman, from Write On Online, by Debra Eckerling

Artists Learn to Cobble Together Successful Careers from Ruling Imagination, by Peter Friedman

Acclaimed Children's Writer Amy Friedman Interviewed, from Writinghood, by Norm Goldman

Amy's Profile on She Writes

 
 
 

Experience Talks

Amy on Voyage LA

POPS the Club - Kidmates

Q&A with Deborah Kalb Books

Spirit of Story

Points of Light AwardCommunity Psychiatry - Spotlight

Edutopia: Locked Away, the Toll of Mass Incarceration

LA Weekly

Spectrum TV

Witness LA

We Said Go Travel

The Good Men Project: Finding Light in the Darkness

The Good Men Project

WAMC

NPR: Press Play