We have been working on a new anthology, titled Brothers in Pen: Six Cubic Feet. It’s taken a long time to get it together, but we’re almost there. Junot Díaz visited our class last year and graciously offered to write the foreword. He is also coming to visit us again on June 22.
“Six cubic feet” refers to the amount of space allowed each prisoner for personal property. Each prisoner’s entire accumulation of personal possessions must fit into the space of six one-foot-square boxes.
Troy Williams made a short film for our last anthology, two years ago, but due to the way things work in prison I only just got it this week. It’s worth watching!
Watch this one for an exclusive interview with a mysterious contributor to the anthology, as reported by North Block News:
I’ve done a lousy job of keeping up this site. So much has happened since that last October, 2009 post. Steve Emrick did lose his job with Arts in Corrections, though he has stayed at San Quentin in another position and has supported the program as he has been able. We are still going, by some miracle–the William James Association manages to keep finding funding for the program, and we persist.
The previous anthologies are still available through Lulu (see links in previous posts). We’re also hoping to put out an audio book version of the new one. I will post links here when it’s ready. Thanks for your interest.