CLTL on the Web

Visit the official website of Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL).

Check out online articles about CLTL
Read what other bloggers are saying about CLTL
Take a look at UMass Dartmouth’s press releases on CLTL

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Fall, 2012

The Changing Lives, Changing Minds blog is a featured blog on

September 18, 2012

Read Matt Camara’s New Bedford Standard-Times article “UMD’s ‘Changing Lives Through Literature’ resonates far beyond SouthCoast.”

July 21, 2010

The Guardian’s Anna Barker discusses CLTL in her article Novel Approach: reading courses as an alternative to prison.”

March 3, 2009

WBUR (Boston)’s program Here and Now features an interview with CLTL Co-Director Jean Trounstine.

March 1, 2009
The New York Times‘ Leah Price profiles CLTL in the Sunday Book Review. Check out “Read a Book, Get out of Jail.”

Spring 2008
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Alumni magazine features a detailed look at CLTL

Fall 2006
Read MassHumanities’ interview with Bob Waxler and Jean Trounstine, “Fifteen Years of Changing Lives Through Literature”

Fall 2006
Take a look at Taylor Stoehr’s articleSchool on Probation: Teaching that Changes Lives in the NEA Higher Education Journal

August 21, 2005
The Boston Globe’s Kathy McCabe writes about Judge Joseph Dever’s contribution to CLTL in the article “Judge who went by the book looks forward to a new chapter.”

March 15, 2005
Library Journal discusses two CLTL facilitators in their article Partners in Anticrime: Kathy McLellan and Tricia Suellentrop

Fall 2003
Read Fordham Magazine’s article, Reading Sentences: Judge Joseph Dever and Changing Lives Through Literature (PDF file)

October 2002
UMass Boston’s University Reporter writes about CLTL facilitator Taylor Stoehr in English Professor Changes Probationers’ Lives Through Literature

March 31, 2002
Read Susan Major’s article on CLTL in Counselor Magazine, the Magazine for Addiction Professionals

January 11, 2001
Take a look at Elizabeth Mehren’s article “For These Female Offenders, It’s Read or Do Time” in the Los Angeles Times.

March 2000
Wendy Robertson and Avril Joy write about their experiences visiting CLTL sessions inThe Challenge of Radical Sentencing: Erasing the Chasm Between the Bench and the Dock

Read William Bole’s article “Novel Approach to Sentencing Has Criminals Hitting the Books.”


August 2, 2010

Better Living through Beowolf blog: “Fighting Crime through the Classics”


March 31, 2010

Reclaiming Futures re-posts content from Changing Lives, Changing Minds


February 13, 2010

Teaching College English blog: Changing Lives Through Literature


May 20, 2009

Positive Youth Development: Changing Lives Through Literature


March 2, 2009
Marks in the Margin: “Read a Book–Change Your Life”


March 2, 2009

Green Mountain Barrister Blog : “Literature Group for Offenders”


March 1, 2009

Public Criminology: “Literature as a Lifeline”


March 1, 2009

the loveART blog: “in other words”


March 1, 2009

Louise Marley:  “Books, or the Big House?


February 28, 2009

Recycled Minds: Book Clubs vs. Jail Sentences


February 27, 2009

Office of Scholarly and Literary Publications at Georgetown University : “Reading to earn freedom”


August 24, 2008

On Purpose: Deliberation on the Purpose and Significance of the Arts and the Humanities talks about CLTL in their post“Bibliotherapy: Literature as Rehabilitation.


August 21, 2008
Keith Oatley from OnFiction mentions CLTL in his post “Research Bulletin: Differences in Empathy”


June 25, 2008
Kerri Price writes about CLTL on I Love Libraries, the American Library Association blog.


May 29, 2008
Social Capital Blog mentions CLTL in their post “The pen really is mightier than the sword.”


May 23, 2008
Keith Oatley from OnFiction talks about CLTL


January 31, 2008
Denise at the NewPages Blog posted about CLTL in her post “Jail or Read: Changing Lives Through Literature.”


October 24, 2007
Donna at the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kansas reports on Bob Waxler’s visit


December 11, 2005
Crime & Federalism talks about CLTL and the power of literature to reform lives


November 30, 2005
Shirah at Unbossed discusses CLTL as an alternative to faith-based rehabilitation programs.


February 23. 2009

Changing Lives Through Literature launches new blog “Changing Lives, Changing Minds”


July 17, 2008

UMass Dartmouth’s Changing Lives Through Literature Program Receives Funding


March 19, 2007
Changing Lives Through Literature program receives $20,000 grant from Coolidge Family Fund of the Boston Foundation

August 17, 2006
Changing Lives Through Literature program receives $100,000 from state legislature


November 3, 2005
Changing Lives Through Literature subject of new book


September 12, 2005
Changing Lives Through Literature Included in State Budget


February 26, 2004
Board Of Higher Education Presents Excellence Award To “Changing Lives Through Literature


May 14, 2003
NEH awards Changing Lives Through Literature at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth $200,000

2 thoughts on “CLTL on the Web

  1. charlie donahue

    We have to be concerned how this economic crisis will affect our incarcerated brothers and sisters.
    The Dalai Lama says that compassion is the key to a good life.
    I have heard that he is a reasonable fellow.

  2. Chris

    While this comment may fail the test of timeliness I must agree with Charlie Donahue.

    This country has a large prison population, the need for compassion must also be large.

    I saw the Dalai Lama at Foxboro stadium some time ago. He did seem a reasonable fellow. He laughed a lot. Do prisoners laugh much?

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