Tag Archives: prison writing

So much. Too much.

I am, as usual, way behind in keeping up with all that is going on. So much to share. Charles “Talib” Brooks got out of prison a month ago! I was able to host him and Jonathan Chiu — who … Continue reading

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Lockdown Stories

COVID-19 ended all in-person classes in March; the last time I was in the classroom was on March 11. It took awhile, but by early June a “distance-learning” setup began which, while agonizingly slow and inconsistent and unsatisfying, at least … Continue reading

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Inside prison, he said, “there is genius and there’s compassion and there’s creativity.”

Check out a new article featuring our beloved Emile DeWeaver, in a story highlighting the fact that “violent offenders” may be some of the people our communities most need out here. Along the way, Emile mentions the importance of writing… … Continue reading

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“Aren’t You Grateful You’re Not In Prison Anymore?”

An OG’s Perspective by Watani Stiner This article will be featured in a forthcoming issue of the San Quentin News. Watani Stiner was interviewed by his former creative writing teacher, Zoe Mullery, on July 22, 2020, regarding the outbreak of … Continue reading

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Juan Haines keeps reporting from inside the nightmare

Juan Moreno Haines has been a pillar in the creative writing class for more than 10 years. I linked to one of Juan’s stories in a previous post, but I think his ongoing reporting deserves a post of its own. … Continue reading

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Two important articles about the dire situation at San Quentin

Two students in the Creative Writing class, Rahsaan Thomas and Kevin Sawyer, just came out with big articles about the COVID nightmare they are living through. I’ve served 19 years in San Quentin prison and I just got diagnosed with … Continue reading

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San Quentin COVID catastrophe

Emile DeWeaver speaking at San Quentin protest on June 28, 2020. Photo by Paul Kuroda The current unfolding humanitarian disaster at San Quentin is, I’m sure, not something anyone is just finding out about on July 9, 2020, but just … Continue reading

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Brothers in Pen at YBCA and our Annual Public Reading

There are two events coming up for Brothers in Pen. First, the Prison Arts Project has been featured in the BAN7 show at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Creative Writing class is participating in the event by having … Continue reading

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