Brothers in Pen: A Means of Escape

This is an anthology of short stories written in an ongoing writing workshop at San Quentin State Prison. Some stories are fiction, some memoir/creative non-fiction, and some a combination. If you’re looking for stories about rattlesnakes, Black Power, Santa’s demise, post-apocalyptic communities, prison boxing matches, one-day courtships, painful childhoods, transformation in the ‘hood, or the Lost Boys of Sudan, among other things, you’ve got the right book. The range of subject matter here is as wide as the imagination. This project is a culmination of over a year’s worth of labor by these men, many of them Lifers, all serious writers. All proceeds from the sale of this book go through the William James Association to support this creative writing class through the Arts-in-Corrections program.

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Also check out our previous anthology, titled simply Brothers In Pen.
The stories in this collection run the gamut from dancing bears to crucifixion, childhood memoir to prison eulogy, heroic adventure to philosophical musing, and just plain fiction. Writers include Kenny Brydon, Tharon Hill, Ronin, Ernie Laszlo, Watani Stiner, B. Vejvoda, J. B. Wells, Gary Wesley, and Michael Willis.

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About Brothers In Pen

Brothers in Pen is the collective name of the Wednesday Night Creative Writing Class at San Quentin State Prison facilitated by Zoe Mullery.
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1 Response to Brothers in Pen: A Means of Escape

  1. lonnie sickler says:

    jesus christ ! tharon is that you ?my name is lonnie sickler,iwas pretty sure it was you when they wrote that you were a bldg contractor . my email is hope you arnt still in there.please contact me. im still your friend even though a lot of years have passed.

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