Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses his new story collection, THE ONES WHO DON’T SAY THEY LOVE YOU.
Tags: Erik Gleibermann, Ernest Gaines, gentrification, housing, housing rights, Hurricane Ida, Hurricane Katrina, incarceration, jamaica kincaid, James Baldwin, Jeffrey Eugenides, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Middlesex, mythos, New Orleans, public housing, racial inequality, Racism, Sarah Broom, short fiction, short stories, story collection, Sula, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You, The Yellow House, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Toni Morrison, We Cast a Shadow, zora neale hurston
James Brown and Patrick O’Neil discuss WRITING YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY.
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcohol use disorder, Anarchy at the Circle K, Apology to the Young Addict, collaboration, craft, creative writing, drinking, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, dyslexia, dyslexic, Gun Needle Spoon, Heroin, incarceration, James Brown, journaling, los angeles, memoir, Patrick O'Neil, philip lopate, prison, recovery, sobriety, Sue William Silverman, The Los Angeles Diaries, This River, Tim Hillegonds, triggers, Vivian Gornick, Voices on Addiction, Writing Your Way to Recovery
Ashley C. Ford discusses her debut memoir, SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER.
Tags: absent father, absent fathers, Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, Ashley C. Ford, childhood, childhood trauma, college, coming of age, debut memoir, Eve Ettinger, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, incarceration, Maya Angelou, memoir, mothers, mothers and daughters, parenting, prison, Somebody’s Daughter, trauma
Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez talks with Cullen Thomas about PRISON RAMEN, and more.
Tags: Adrien Brody, Capote, Chino, Clifton Collins Jr., Conversations with Literary Ex-Con, cooking, Cullen Thomas, deportation, gang violence, gangs, gun violence, guns, Gustavo Alvarez, immigration, incarceration, LA riots, mass incarceration, Mexican, military, prison, Prison Ramen, prison riot, prison system, racial inequality, Racism, ramen, riots, Rodney King, ROTC, Samuel L. Jackson, Spanglish, The Experiment, The Pawn, Tijuana, white nationalism, White Supremacy
Poet brian g. gilmore discusses his newest collection, COME SEE ABOUT ME, MARVIN.
Tags: Allen Iverson, Amiri Baraka, Angela Flournoy, Black in the Middle, brian g. gilmore, Brian Gilmore, capitalism, class inequality, come see about me marvin, Dayton, detroit, economic inequality, elvis presley is alive and well and living in harlem, Flint, housing rights, incarceration, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Kenneth Carroll, Kobe Bryant, Kwame Dawes, Lansing, lawyer, legal system, Made in Michigan Writers Series, Marvin Gaye, mass incarceration, Michigan, Midwest, Motown, Nebraska, poems, poetry, poverty, prince, Race for Profit, racial inequality, Racism, sports, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Turner House, Warhol's Mother's Pantry, White Supremacy
Cha constructs a Los Angeles sharply different from most representations of the city. ...more
Tags: 1990s, California, crime, crime novel, crime novels, Department of Corrections, family, incarceration, jail, LA, Latasha Harlins, los angeles, murder, police brutality, police shooting, police violence, prison, prison system, racial inequality, Racism, recidivism, Rodney King, San Luis Obispo, Sean Carswell, Social Media, Soon Ja Du, Steph Cha, the Internet, twitter, Your House Will Pay
Writer Samuel Barlow talks with Cullen Thomas in the prison where he was held for half a century.
Tags: American prison system, bank robbery, Conversations with literary ex-cons, Cullen Thomas, death penalty, Death Row, Eastern State Penitentiary, felony murder, George Jackson, George Morelock, Iceberg Slim, incarceration, Islam, jail, Life Without Murder, mass incarceration, Mentor, mentors, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, prison, prison reform, prison system, recidivism, robbery, Sam Barlow, Samuel Barlow, SCI Coal Township, SCI Muncy, Sharon Wiggins, Sister Sledge, Warith Deen Mohammed, Western Penitentiary
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: #metoo, #TimesUp, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Century Regional Detention Facility, drunk driving, ENOUGH, gender inequality, Giancarlo Scotti, incarceration, jail, los angeles, Los Angeles County Jail, Lynwood, Politics, prison, prison system, rape, Rape culture, relapse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sobriety
Capturing the Delta in harrowing detail, Ward takes readers on a journey from her own home of the Gulf Coast to the Mississippi State Penitentiary. ...more
Tags: addiction, american south, black lives matter, david oshinsky, Faulkner, ghost, ghosts, Holly Genovese, incarceration, Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped, Mississippi, parchman, parchman farm, poverty, prison, Racism, Sing Unburied Sing, The Fire This Time, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice
Putting experience into words gives them less power over me, I think. ...more
Tags: a public space, Amye Day Ong, Angela Palm, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, essay, feminism, Fiona McCrae, friendship, graywolf press, incarceration, Indiana, interview, landscape, memoir, Midwest, nonfiction, place, prison, relationships, rural, rural life
I know / their dark eyes, they know mine. ...more
Tags: America, American poetry, Black Arts, Broadside Press, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, David Biespiel, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, detroit, Dudley Randall, Etheridge Knight, Gewndolyn Brooks, incarceration, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King Jr., Mary McGrory, Poems from Prison, poetry, prison, racial inequality, Racism, Sonia Sanchez, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Idea of Ancestry, Thomas Sugrue
And this is precisely why I was so entirely blown away by Antonia Crane’s new memoir, Spent , which chronicles her dark and twisted path through the above horrors with remarkable elegance and restraint. ...more
Journalist Sabine Heinlein, author of
Among Murderers: Life After Prison, discusses the challenges ex-cons encounter on their journeys to freedom and the various ways they live with their remorse. ...more
Daphne Gottlieb talks about
Dear Dawn, a collection of letters written by Aileen Wuornos to her childhood friend from prison prior to her execution in 2002 . ...more