Ear Hustle at City Arts & Lectures to Benefit the Prison University Project

By Mount Tamalpais College | January 1, 2019

Nigel Poor, former Prison University Project instructor, visual artist, and co-producer and co-host of Ear Hustle, will join Earlonne Woods, former Prison University Project student and co-producer and co-host of Ear Hustle, for a talk at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco on March 29, 2019. Ear Hustle is one example of the impact Prison University Project students are having on conversations around criminal justice and incarceration.

From City Arts & Lectures:

“Ear Hustle presents stories of life inside prison, shared by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between ​Nigel Poor,​​ a Bay Area visual artist, and ​Earlonne Woods​​, formerly incarcerated at​ San Quentin State Prison​, and was co-founded with fellow inmate ​Antwan Williams. ​​The Ear Hustle team works in San Quentin’s media lab to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest, offering a nuanced view of people living within the American prison system.

In addition to co-producing and co-hosting Ear Hustle, Poor is also a visual artist whose work explores the various ways people make a mark and leave behind evidence of their existence. Her work can be found in various museum collections including the SFMOMA, the M.H. deYoung Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She is also a professor of photography at California State University, Sacramento.

In November 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Woods’ sentence after 21 years of incarceration. Upon his release, Woods was hired by PRX as a full-time producer for Ear Hustle, and will continue to work with Poor, contributing stories about re-entry.

This event is a benefit for Prison University Project.”

Get your tickets here.

Please note that the Prison University Project became Mount Tamalpais College in September 2020.


For some incarcerated individuals, opportunities to take college classes beyond a few vocational programs are nonexistent.

One such individual risked disciplinary action to pursue their college education via cell phone.

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Honored to announce that Mt. Tam College has received the Heart of Marin Award for Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence. Thank you CVNL!

Feb 11, 11-12:30 at SFPL's Main Library - Join us for a screening of The Other Side of the Wall, a short film by R.J. Lozada, followed by a panel discussion with MTC alums and SQ's longtime PIO Sam Robinson. Thanks @EarlonneWoods for moderating!