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Crossing The Yard

Author : Richard Shelton
ISBN : 0816525951
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author describes his life and work as a prison volunteer in Arizona where he set up creative writing workshops for the inmates.

Going Back To Bisbee

Author : Richard Shelton
ISBN : 0816512892
Genre : Travel
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The author shares his fascination with a distinctive corner of the country--Bisbee, Arizona--with a narrative that reflects the history of the area, the beauty of the landscape, and his own life

Beyond Prisons

Author : Laura Magnani
ISBN : 1451412835
Genre : Social Science
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The Society of Friends (Quakers) founded America's first "penitentiary" in the 1790s. For more than forty years, the American Friends Service Committee has worked with prisoners, parolees, and victims of crime, seeking just alternatives to incarceration. In Beyond Prisons, the AFSC offers a powerful moral critique of the American criminal justice system and describes a new paradigm for dealing with criminals based on restorative justice and reconciliation. The authors include a specific twelve-point plan for immediate changes. Book jacket.

The Listening Chamber

Author : William Aberg
ISBN : 1557284636
Genre : Poetry
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Winner of the seventh annual Arkansas Poetry Award, William Aberg presents in The Listening Chamber a gallery of poetic forms, from short free-verse lyrics and crafted prose poems to original forms skillfully matched with their subjects. He writes comfortably of cats or derringers, the idylls of childhood, or of patients in mental hospitals. Throughout his poetry there runs a proletarian strain of dissatisfaction, an unrest coupled with dexterous wit and a remarkable sense of wonder. Convincingly, he populates these poems with farm workers, romantics, fugitives, lovers, beeches, elms, and constellations. With influences as wide ranging as William Stafford, Miklos Radnoti, and René Magritte, Aberg has fashioned a first collection in which every poem is a unique and haunting experience.

By Heart

Author : Judith Tannenbaum
ISBN : 9781613320655
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"A boy with no one to listen becomes a man in prison for life and discovers his mind can be free. A woman enters prison to teach and becomes his first listener. And so begins a twenty-five year friendship between two gifted writers and poets. The result is By Heart ? a book that will anger you, give you hope, and break your heart." - Gloria Steinem Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson met at San Quentin State Prison in 1985. For over two decades they have conferred, corresponded and sometimes collaborated, producing very different bodies of work resting on the same understanding: that human beings have one foot in darkness, the other in light. In this beautifully crafted exploration _ part memoir, part essay _ Tannenbaum and Jackson consider art, education, prison, possibility, and which children our world nurtures and which it shuns. At the book's core are two stories that speak for human imagination, spirit, and expression. Judith Tannenbaum is a nationally respected educator, speaker, and author. Among her books are the memoir, Disguised as a Poem: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin; two books for teachers _ Teeth, Wiggly as Earthquakes: Writing Poetry in the Primary Grades and (with Valerie Chow Bush) Jump Write In! Creative Writing Exercises for Diverse Communities, Grades 6-12; and six poetry collections. She currently serves as training coordinator with WritersCorps in San Francisco. Born into a family of fifteen boys in Barstow, California, Spoon Jackson was sentenced to Life Without Possibility of Parole when he was twenty years old. Spoon discovered himself as a writer at San Quentin; played Pozzo in the prison's 1988 production of Waiting for Godot; and has written, published, and received awards for plays, poetry, novels, fairy tales, short stories, essays, and memoir during the more than thirty years he has been behind bars. His poems are collected in Longer Ago.

Scripting Detention

Author : Nandita Dinesh
ISBN : 9781476629834
Genre : Performing Arts
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 Documenting a theater project for incarcerated youth in a New Mexico juvenile detention facility, this book presents the script of a play about prison life, and interweaves the author’s creative, self-reflective text (autoethnography). The collaborative experience of writing and staging such a play enacted by prisoners frames a discussion of larger social and political themes in the criminal justice system, and of the complexities of getting juveniles to engage with variously positioned mentors.

Is William Martinez Not Our Brother

Author : William Alexander
ISBN : 9780472051090
Genre : Art
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Praise for the Prison Creative Arts Project: "I cannot overstate how profoundly my experience with the Prison Creative Arts Project has shaped my life. It began my engagement with prison issues, developed both my passion and my understanding of them, and I continue to draw on both as I seek to contribute to a more rational, humane and just criminal justice system. PCAP prepared me to adapt to any situation, to take risks, to collaborate with people very different from myself in a manner infused with total respect." ---Jesse Jannetta, researcher, Justice Policy Center, the Urban Institute "PCAP provided me with an emotional education that I would not have received otherwise. PCAP continually opens the doors to the stark reality of our criminal justice system as well as our society's ability to right the wrongs of that system and provide justice to millions of men, women, and children . . . PCAP showed me the power I, and the individuals around me, have to make a difference." ---Anne Bowles, Policy and Outreach Associate, Institute for Higher Education Policy "PCAP looks beyond past mistakes and personal shortcomings to find the beauty and creative energies that help to heal the hurts we've done to others. They have not forgotten that we are human too! . . . Their program has given me a way to reach people that I would otherwise never reach. For that, I owe PCAP everything. They are my lifeline that I cling to." ---Bryan Picken, incarcerated artist Prisons are an invisible, but dominant, part of American society: the United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world. In Michigan, the number of prisoners rose from 3,000 in 1970 to more than 50,000 by 2008, a shift that Buzz Alexander witnessed firsthand when he came to teach at the University of Michigan. Is William Martinez Not Our Brother? describes the University of Michigan's Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), a pioneering program founded in 1990 that provides university courses, a nonprofit organization, and a national network for incarcerated youth and adults in Michigan juvenile facilities and prisons. By giving incarcerated individuals an opportunity to participate in the arts, PCAP enables them to withstand and often overcome the conditions and culture of prison, the policies of an incarcerating state, and the consequences of mass incarceration. Buzz Alexander is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English Language and Literature, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, at the University of Michigan and was Carnegie National Professor of the Year in 2005. Cover image: Overcrowded by Ronald Rohn

Surviving Cancer As A Family And Helping Co Survivors Thrive

Author : Catherine A. Marshall
ISBN : 0313378940
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Within this book, family members will find the information they need to better understand and cope with cancer in the family, thereby helping their loved one, and themselves, most effectively. * Comprises chapters authored by cancer survivors, co-survivors, clinicians, and professionals in cancer intervention, health care, education, and psychology * Includes a bibliography

Nobody Rich Or Famous

Author : Richard Shelton
ISBN : 9780816533992
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Once in a while, a book comes along that redefines the concept of family. Frank McCourt did it with Angela's Ashes; Annie Dillard did it with An American Childhood. In Nobody Rich or Famous, award-winning poet and author Richard Shelton immerses us in the hardscrabble lives of his Boise, Idaho, clan during the 1930s and '40s. This is memoir in its finest tradition, illuminating today's cultural chasm between the haves and have-nots. It is the true story of a family and how it got that way.

The Last Person To Hear Your Voice

Author : Richard Shelton
ISBN : 0822959577
Genre : Poetry
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While Shelton has been known primarily for his poems dealing with the landscape of the Southwest and the destruction of that landscape, the poems in this book are much more far-ranging, including many poems dealing with soocial issues (the issue of illegal immigration on our southern border, homelessness), historical events (the war in Iraq, the events of 9/11) and attitudes concerning politics and the environment. The poems are filled with sensory images, engaged in the real world, often ironic or simply off-the-wall, and their tone ranges from deeply sad, as in a requiem for Glen Canyon on the Colorado River, to the wildly funny, as in Brief Communications from My widowed Mother.

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