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Pen Hustle

Brothers in Pen has been featured in a podcast! There is a wonderful organization in Skagit County, Washington, called Underground Writing, a “literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in northern Washington through literacy and … Continue reading

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Making Us Proud

A few months ago I wrote about former Brother in Pen Adnan Khan being the first person to be released under the new law SB1437, which changes the felony murder rule. Adnan has a story in our most recent anthology, … Continue reading

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Hobnobbing with the stars

Kenny Brydon sent this photo of him and his old pal Joyce Carol Oates at a reading at City Lights Bookstore. Joyce Carol Oates was the editor of Prison Noir (clutched in Kenny’s hand), a collection of prison stories which … Continue reading

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John Brown’s Body lives on

In 2002, director Joe De Francisco produced a single performance of the play John Brown’s Body at San Quentin, after nearly three years of rehearsals under extremely difficult conditions. The performance entered legend status. (I am sad to say that … Continue reading

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“The restorative power of creative writing: Incarcerated people find healing through the written word”

This is the lovely article that was written about our Annual Public Reading in October, and published in the San Quentin News.  December 28, 2018 By Joe Garcia Inmates captivated a San Quentin audience of more than 100 on Oct. 20 in … Continue reading

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Emile’s Freedom Isn’t Even New Anymore

I have been slow in reporting on the excellent reality of Emile DeWeaver’s gigantic freedom. Jerry Brown commuted his sentence from 67 years to the 20 he’d already served. He has been out since I think September. I saw him. … Continue reading

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Adnan and SB1437

I was just reading the morning paper with my toast and coffee when I turned a page and saw some truly good news. Former Brother in Pen Adnan Khan is the first person to be released under the new law … Continue reading

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