Chris Hoke

Gang Pastor | Prisoner Reentry Organizer | Writer

The official homepage for Chris Hoke--Underground Ministries Executive Director, prison chaplain, gang pastor, and writer in Washington's Skagit Valley.

Underground Writing

I'm honored to be one of the original teaching-writers of Underground Writing, founded by Matt Malyon here in Washington's Skagit Valley.

We believe some of the best writing comes from society's underground places . . . and from the deepest, hidden parts of ourselves.

Underground Writing is a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in Northern Washington through literary engagement and personal restoration.

Underground Writing facilitates a generative encounter with literature spanning the tradition—from ancient texts to those written in our workshop sessions.  Honoring the transforming power of the word, they believe that attentive reading leads to attentive writing, and that attentive writing has the power to assist in the resurrection
of communities, the imagination, and individual lives.