Brothers in Pen supporter Rose Elizondo texted me the other day: “Gazzeny’s on the radio!” I tuned in to KPFA to hear Andrew Gazzeny ruminating on what writer Luis Rodriguez said when he visited our class: “Write until it scares you.” Click here to listen to the show “Making Contact – Shh!: Words vs. Bars: How Prison Poets Escape.”
Prison Poetry Workshop also aired a show with audio from last summer’s Brothers in Pen Annual Public Reading. The show also features Andrew Gazzeny, as well as Emile DeWeaver and Luke Padgett. Prison Poetry Workshop has lots of thoughtful, moving pieces from inside many American prisons, honoring the work of numerous prison poets and writers. Thanks to Rend Smith and Andrew Parsons for putting it together, and also for persisting in helping me get the video of Junot Díaz from his 2011 visit out from behind the razor wire.
Radio station KALW once again explores the subject of prison arts
I have been remiss in sharing the link from the wonderful show KALW reporter Kyung Jin Lee created last March, “Will Prison Arts Programs Make a Comeback in California?” She spent an evening with us and put together a thoughtful piece, stirring together some of the history of prison arts with a taste of the work being shared in class that night. Please take a moment to listen to it (it’s also available on the KALW website as a transcript).