Long-time Brother in Pen Watani Stiner paroled

This is not new news… Watani paroled in January 2015, but just because it took me a long time to report it here doesn’t mean it’s not big news. Watani spent a total of 26 years in prison and 20 in exile.

I have heard he is spending a lot of time at the library–his “office,” as he calls it–writing articles and posts and reportedly completing his memoir.

He spent 12 or 13 years in the Creative Writing class working on that memoir and we all learned so much as that almost unbelievable story emerged over the years.

A couple of articles have been written about him since he paroled:



and he is continuing to write his “OG” column in the San Quentin News.


photo by Peter Merts

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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