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How a violent incident in prison led Jennifer Toon to confront racism

Disclaimer: This story contains brief profanity; please use discretion. I was the only one in the dayroom when he...

How the natural beauty of East Texas sustained Jennifer Toon throughout incarceration

thetylerloop · Out of the Loop Season 2: Jennifer Toon My name is Jennifer Toon. I made my debut at Good Shepherd Hospital...

Jennifer Toon’s complex journey through the Texas prison system

It was still dark outside when I walked to the prison library with a stack of books to start my day of work. It...

“Could you imagine? They would just let us die.”

Special thanks to The Guardian and editor Poppy Noor, who allowed The Tyler Loop to reprint Jennifer Toon's story, originally published in...

When distancing isn’t an option

I laid shivering on my bunk under a wool blanket. The chattering of my teeth frightened me when I was coherent enough...

What coronavirus means for loved ones who are terminally ill

Virginia “Bunny” Black grew up near Houston, Texas, in a large family, one of eight siblings. After graduating high school, she eventually...

Why cards and hand-written letters matter in prison

My father isn’t the most emotionally expressive guy. He is quiet and stoic, not much in the way of words. Over the...

The storytelling magic of Out of the Loop: a look behind the curtain

For over a decade, I have been under the spell of nationally renowned storytelling shows like The Moth and Snap Judgment, keeping them rolling...

Meet the storytellers, musicians, and organizers of the next Out of The Loop

A whole new show, with a whole new batch of brave, moving, relatable stories about life in Tyler and East Texas. On November 8th...