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
There is an admiration, here, of the transitory soul. ...more
Tags: Bernie Madoff, book review, capitalism, coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19, crime, EMily St John Mandel, fraud, Glenn Bertram, Madoff, money, pandemic, Ponzi scheme, prison, review, Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel, wealth
Maybe this pandemic will make us a family. ...more
Tags: camping, COVID, COVID-19, Ecuador, farm, farming, flowers, garden, gardening, Ghana, Greensboro, kudzu, MFA, money, motherhood, natural world, nature, North Carolina, pandemic, parenting, plants, pregnancy, pregnant, prison, probation, puerto rico, racial inequality, Racism, Sara Graybeal, sunflower, sunflowers, travel, traveling
Addiction steals your integrity. Your freedom, too. ...more
Tags: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, addiction, brothers and sisters, childhood trauma, cocaine, crack, crack cocaine, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug use, drugs, family, family trauma, fathers, fathers and daughters, grief, Heather Stokes, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, larceny, loss, Parole, prison, siblings, theft, therapist, therapy, uncles, Voices on Addiction
Ahmed Naji discusses his new memoir, ROTTEN EVIDENCE.
Tags: Ahmed Naji, Arabic, belly dancing, black lives matter, Black Mountain Institute, Cairo, COVID-19, Donald Trump, Dostoevsky, Egypt, Egyptian, Egyptian Revolution, fascism, fascist, fatherhood, Green Card, immigration, journalism, Madelyn Reese, memoir, Michigan Quarterly Review, nihilism, nostalgia, pandemic, parenting, prison, Rotten Evidence, translation, Trump, Using Life
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
Ted O’Connell discusses his first book, K: A NOVEL.
Tags: Aatif Rashid, Area 51, awp, AWP San Antonio, Beijing, book tour, capitalism, censorship, Chang-rae Lee, China, Chinese labor camp, coronavirus, COVID-19, debut novel, economy, expat, expats, fathers, fathers and sons, first book, george orwell, global economy, K: A Novel, labor camp, landfill, mining, NPR, pandemic, prison, prisoners, research, state surveillance, strip mining, surreal, surrealism, surveillance, surveillance state, teaching, teaching english, Ted O’Connell, Tim O'Brien, Xi Jinping
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
Chris Dennis discusses his debut story collection, HERE IS WHAT YOU DO.
Tags: Aaron Magruder, academia, addiction, arrest, bdsm, Chris Dennis, Coretta Scott King, Cormac McCarthy, debut collection, drug addiction, drug use, drugs, E.L. James, Eldorado, Emily Robbins, fatherhood, fathers, Flowers in the Attic, gay, grandmothers, Here Is What You Do, jail, LGBTQ, Mark Doten, Melissa Borries, methamphetamine, opioid epidemic, opioids, prescription, prison, queer, queer theory, queerness, rural, rural life, Sex, sex writing, sexual violence, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, Soho Press, the road, Tom Waits, writing sex
An exclusive cover reveal + excerpt from Lee Matalone’s debut, HOME MAKING.
Tags: Angola, book covers, book design, book excerpt, cover reveal, death, debut novel, domestic, domesticity, exclusive excerpt, family, first book, Grace Helmer, grief, Harper Perennial, home, Home Making, illness, Lee Matalone, marriage, Nora Summers, prison, Robin Bilardello
I used to cry on this drive. Now I don’t. I don’t seethe anymore, either. ...more
Tags: absent fathers, children, family, husbands and wives, jail, marriage, motherhood, parenting, prison, prison system, prisoners, Sophia Moskalenko
That’s how I felt again, then: a child suddenly fallen, helpless. Unable even to breathe. ...more
Tags: absent fathers, addict, addiction, adolescence, alcohol, alcoholic, attempted suicide, bipolar, bipolar disorder, boundaries, Britt Canty, childhood, divorce, DUI, fathers, fathers and daughters, mental illness, prison, relapse, shame, sober, sobriety, suicidal ideation, suicide, Voices on Addiction
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
“If the door doesn’t open, it’s okay to walk away, give your poor head a rest. And try again later.”
Tags: albert camus, beloved, Daphne du Maurier, Debra Jo Immergut, Ecco, Edie Meidav, existentialism, fatalism, Flannery O'Connor, Hitchcock, Ian McEwan, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Life and Fate, Orange Is The New Black, prison, Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson, The Captives, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Thomas Hardy, Toni Morrison, Vasily Grossman, Washington DC, watergate
At the end of the day, Celestial, Roy, and Andre are three flawed human beings trying to navigate their way through life and love and everything in between, just like many of us. ...more
Tags: 13th, An American Marriage, ava duvernay, Loretta Devine, marriage, prison, rape, sankofa, Showtime, Tayari Jones, The Night Of, Zakiya Harris
Deb Olin Unferth discusses
Wait Till You See Me Dance and I, Parrot, her work with prisoners, and how she ended up with a pet dog. ...more
Tags: Black Balloon, catapult, Comics, deb olin unferth, dogs, Elizabeth Haidle, graphic novel, graywolf press, I Parrot, John Cheeve, Julie Doucet, Minor Robberies, Nina Moog, pets, prison, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, self-help, short fiction, short stories, Texas, Their Eyes Were Watching God, vacation, Wait Till You See Me Dance
Broken people are drawn to other broken people. Comparing scars. Laying belly to belly. Two similar pieces of different puzzles. ...more
Tags: addict, addiction, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, divorce, drug abuse, drug addict, drug use, drugs, grief, guilt, Heroin, Janine Canty, loss, motherhood, mothers, mothers and sons, oxycontin, pancreatitis, parenting, pregnancy, prison, single mother, Voices on Addiction
We never want something more than when it has been taken away from us. The opposite of freedom is confinement. ...more
Tags: Academy Awards, addiction, andre breton, brian bouldrey, dante, depression, Donald Trump, fear, freedom, guns, hallucinations, Hell, high school, insomnia, Joe Arpaio, Mental Health, mental illness, Oscar Wilde, personality disorder, Politics, prison, psych ward, Risperidone, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Schindler's List, Shawshank Redemption, sleep, stephen hawking, The Hobbit, Trump, United States
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
Rene Denfeld discusses her latest book,
The Child Finder, the ways in which trauma traps us, and the important role of imagination in finding resilience and escape. ...more
Tags: adoption, autism, child abuse, childhood, children, election 2016, Fables, fairy tales, forest, foster care, Frankenstein, Kelly Thompson, magic, Mary Shelley, memory, missing children, monsters, natural world, Oregon, pedophile, pedophilia, political crisis, Politics, Portland, prison, Rene Denfeld, rural life, sex trafficking, sexual abuse, shame, The Child Finder, The Enchanted, trauma, triggers
She never stopped, a bee buzzing from flower to flower to flower, collecting all the sweetness she could. ...more
Tags: addiction, Africa, Alice Seeley Harris, american south, brothers, Christianity, cocaine, crack, crack pipe, death, drug abuse, drugs, family, fatherhood, fathers, fathers and daughters, florida, foster care, gang rape, Georgia, guns, homeless, Iris Global, Jacksonville, juvenile detention, marijuana, Mental Health, mental illness, meth, Michele Leavitt, missionary, mothers, mothers and daughters, Mozambique, Ocala National Forest, Ocklawaha River, oxycontin, parenting, Philippines, poverty, prayer, prison, prison system, psychiatric hospital, rape, recovery, rehab, religion, rural, savannah, sex work, sexual assault, siblings, single parents, sisters, sobriety, Southern, suicide attempt, Tybee Island, Voices on Addiction, weed
Former death-row inmate, legendary jailhouse lawyer, and co-editor for the award-winning
The Angolite newspaper Billy Sinclair looks back on his prison experience and discusses what his priorities are now. ...more
Tags: A Life in the Balance, A Rumpus Interview, activism, Angola, Angolite, Attica, Billy Sinclair, Black Panthers, Blood in the Water, C. Paul Phelps, Conversations with literary ex-cons, criminology, Cullen Thomas, death penalty, Death Row, Heather Ann Thompson, journalism, Louisiana, murder, murderer, prison, prison reform, prison system, Prison: A Sexual Jungle, Ross Maggio, Seth Ferranti, Ted Koppel, Texas, The Angolite, The Other Side of Murder, time magazine, Warren Burger, Wilbert Rideau
Poet Corinne Lee on writing her epic book-length poem
Plenty and finding new ways to live in a rapidly changing world. ...more
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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
This election is critical. We are code-red. We might elect our first woman president, or we might elect a man who is at best dangerous and unqualified and at worst the end of democracy as we know it today. ...more
Tags: #DedicateYourNoTrumpVote, #ImWithHer, America, Amy Letter, Amy Sayre Baptista, Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton, brandon hicks, Brian Hurley, Brian Kornell, brian spears, Clinton, Donald Trump, editors, Eileen G'Sell, election 2016, Feliz Moreno, gender, Hillary Clinton, Ian MacAllen, indigenous peoples, José Orduña, Liz Wood, Marisa Siegel, Molly Spencer, Native Americans, p.e. garcia, Politics, prison, Racism, Sarah Lyn Rogers, sexism, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, Standing Rock, Terese Mailhot, Tiffany Midge, Toni Nealie, Trump, vote, voting
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
If you’ve been reading about the nationwide prisoner strike, perhaps pick up Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water. The recently released nonfiction title returns readers to the Attica Prison riots. It, “reminds one generation, and informs others,” that New York state’s handling of Attica “remains one of the bleakest, if least acknowledged, chapters in New York history” […]
I read the Assistant Warden’s e-mail four or five times, but I still could not grasp its implications. All I could think about was the ten copies of Toni Morrison’s Beloved I had just bought. For Lit Hub, Mikita Brottman details her experience having the book club she ran at the Jessup Correctional Facility be […]