Snap Judgment, United Shades of America, and Open Engagement

So much going on all the time … even if I were good at this it would be hard to keep up.

Our own Watani Stiner is telling stories on the air this week. The nationally syndicated radio show Snap Judgment features Watani this week, telling stories about his early days in San Quentin, being interviewed by Truman Capote, his escape, and more. Check out “For Love and Revolution” here.

He is also on Pop-up Magazine’s new feature, Phone Stories. For a limited time (not sure how long), you can call this number: 415-529-6057, and you’ll hear Watani tell you a 2-minute story about his escape. Eventually it’ll be archived on the site.

The next excitement is Episode 2 of W. Kamau Bell’s new show, United Shades of America, featuring a number of San Quentin Creative Writing Class members.



Yesterday at the Open Engagement arts conference at the Oakland Museum, Troy Williams and Watani Stiner, along with other former Arts in Corrections artists Isiah Daniels, Henry Frank, and Dennis Crookes, spoke about their experiences in the arts program at San Quentin. It was one of those moments where it’s just so obvious how important it is, and it feels really good to be a part of it. I was very grateful I got to be there and hear their insights and inspiration.


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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