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North Block Press: San Quentin anthologies
Brothers in Pen: The Ninth Annual Public Reading By Brothers in Pen
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Once a year the San Quentin Wednesday Night Creative Writing Class, a.k.a. Brothers in Pen, holds an Annual Public Reading where an outside audience is invited in, along with other men in blue, to... More > listen to five-minute pieces crafted by the writers especially for this event. This book of nineteen short stories represents the product of that labor in an event which took place in the ARC building on the lower yard of San Quentin State Prison on November 15, 2014. It was the ninth such event in the history of this particular class.< Less
Brothers in Pen: Stories from the Annual Public Reading By San Quentin Nine
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This book is a collection of the work read aloud by the Wednesday Night Creative Writing Class, or "Brothers in Pen," at San Quentin State Prison on July 13, 2013. Each writer selected a... More > five-minute excerpt to read to an audience gathered for this annual public event. As always, the stories were compelling, intense, funny and challenging and the day reverberated for a long time after it was through. This book is a keepsake of that day and a way of sharing a taste of the work being done in this class. For an experience of full-length stories from these writers, check out the anthologies available at brothersinpen.wordpress.com.< Less
Brothers in Pen: Stories from the Annual Public Reading By San Quentin Nine
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This book is a collection of the work read aloud by the Wednesday Night Creative Writing Class, or “Brothers in Pen,” at San Quentin State Prison on July 13, 2013. Each writer selected a... More > five-minute excerpt to read to an audience gathered for this annual public event. As always, the stories were compelling, intense, funny and challenging and the day reverberated for a long time after it was through. This book is a keepsake of that day and a way of sharing a taste of the work being done in this class. (For an experience of full-length stories from these writers, check out the anthologies available at brothersinpen.wordpress.com.)< Less
Brothers in Pen: Tragedy, Struggle, and Hope By San Quentin Nine
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This anthology of fiction and creative non-fiction was written in an ongoing writing workshop at San Quentin State Prison by twelve men, mostly Lifers, all serious writers. A strong theme emerging... More > from this collection is the nature of violence and its effects on human beings, and the kind of struggle required to turn violence around. The subtitle of this anthology, “Tragedy, Struggle, and Hope,” speaks to this kind of vision. However, the seriousness of the subject matter doesn’t mean these stories are all heavy and harsh. There is much humor, wisdom, complexity and hope to be found in these pages. You’ll encounter struggles of temptation and forgiveness, soul-searching inquiries into the past, tragic love stories, battle bots, psychogenic amnesia, first-person accounts of Black Power history, prehistoric family drama, gang cease-fires, tommyknockers, and much more. Foreword by Tobias Wolff.< Less
Brothers in Pen: Six Cubic Feet By San Quentin Nine
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Foreword by Junot Diaz. This anthology emerges from the Creative Writing class of San Quentin State Prison. The subtitle “Six Cubic Feet” refers to the amount of space each prisoner is... More > allotted for personal property. The work presented here attests, in a variety of voices, to the ways that stories can transcend even the severe, constricted enclosure of prison. Contributors include: Cole Bienek, Charles “Talib” Brooks, Kenneth R. Brydon, N. T. “Noble” Butler, Micheal “Yahya” Cooke, Arnulfo T. Garcia, Andrew Gazzeny, Richard F. Gilliam, Ivan Skrblinski (a.k.a. Juan Haines), Michael R. Harris, Keoghan O’Donnell, JulianGlenn Padgett, Paul Stauffer, Watani Stiner, Aly Tamboura, Keshun Tate (a.k.a. Daleadamown Abu Muhsin), Troy Williams, Danny York Edited by Zoe Mullery< Less
Brothers in Pen: Six Cubic Feet By San Quentin Nine
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Foreword by Junot Diaz. This anthology emerges from the Creative Writing class of San Quentin State Prison. The subtitle “Six Cubic Feet” refers to the amount of space each prisoner is... More > allotted for personal property. The work presented here attests, in a variety of voices, to the ways that stories can transcend even the severe, constricted enclosure of prison. Contributors include: Cole Bienek, Charles “Talib” Brooks, Kenneth R. Brydon, N. T. “Noble” Butler, Micheal “Yahya” Cooke, Arnulfo T. Garcia, Andrew Gazzeny, Richard F. Gilliam, Ivan Skrblinski (a.k.a. Juan Haines), Michael R. Harris, Keoghan O’Donnell, JulianGlenn Padgett, Paul Stauffer, Watani Stiner, Aly Tamboura, Keshun Tate (a.k.a. Daleadamown Abu Muhsin), Troy Williams, Danny York. Edited by Zoe Mullery.< Less
Brothers in Pen: Six Cubic Feet By San Quentin Nine
eBook (PDF): $6.00
Foreword by Junot Diaz. This anthology emerges from the Creative Writing class of San Quentin State Prison. The subtitle “Six Cubic Feet” refers to the amount of space each prisoner is... More > allotted for personal property. The work presented here attests, in a variety of voices, to the ways that stories can transcend even the severe, constricted enclosure of prison. Contributors include: Cole Bienek, Charles “Talib” Brooks, Kenneth R. Brydon, N. T. “Noble” Butler, Micheal “Yahya” Cooke, Arnulfo T. Garcia, Andrew Gazzeny, Richard F. Gilliam, Ivan Skrblinski (a.k.a. Juan Haines), Michael R. Harris, Keoghan O’Donnell, JulianGlenn Padgett, Paul Stauffer, Watani Stiner, Aly Tamboura, Keshun Tate (a.k.a. Daleadamown Abu Muhsin), Troy Williams, Danny York< Less
Brothers in Pen By San Quentin Nine
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(Softcover) An anthology of short stories, both fiction and memoir, written by inmates at San Quentin State Prison. The stories in this collection run the gamut from dancing bears to crucifixion,... More > childhood memoir to prison eulogy, heroic adventure to philosophical musing, and just plain fiction. The writers, mostly lifers, have each selected stories or excerpts from their ample and ever-growing supply to include in this volume. Writers include Kenny Brydon, Tharon Hill, Ronin, Ernie Laszlo, Watani Stiner, B. Vejvoda, J. B. Wells, Gary Wesley, and Michael Willis. All proceeds from the sale of the book go through the William James Association to support this creative writing class through the Arts-in-Corrections program.< Less
Brothers in Pen: Tragedy, Struggle, and Hope By San Quentin Nine
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This anthology of fiction and creative non-fiction was written in an ongoing writing workshop at San Quentin State Prison by twelve men, mostly Lifers, all serious writers. A strong theme emerging... More > from this collection is the nature of violence and its effects on human beings, and the kind of struggle required to turn violence around. The subtitle of this anthology, “Tragedy, Struggle, and Hope,” speaks to this kind of vision. However, the seriousness of the subject matter doesn’t mean these stories are all heavy and harsh. There is much humor, wisdom, complexity and hope to be found in these pages. You’ll encounter struggles of temptation and forgiveness, soul-searching inquiries into the past, tragic love stories, battle bots, psychogenic amnesia, first-person accounts of Black Power history, prehistoric family drama, gang cease-fires, tommyknockers, and much more. Foreword by Tobias Wolff.< Less
Brothers in Pen: A Means of Escape By San Quentin Nine
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This is an anthology of short stories written in an ongoing writing workshop at San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California. Some stories are fiction, some memoir/creative non-fiction, and some... More > a combination. If you’re looking for stories about rattlesnakes, Black Power, Santa’s demise, post-apocalyptic communities, prison boxing matches, one-day courtships, painful childhoods, transformation in the ‘hood, or the Lost Boys of Sudan, among other things, you’ve got the right book. The range of subject matter here is as wide as the imagination. This project is a culmination of over a year’s worth of labor by these men, many of them Lifers, all serious writers. All proceeds from the sale of this book go through the William James Association to support this creative writing class through the Arts-in-Corrections program.< Less