By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives — a two-person memoir written by Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson — will be out in April 2010. You can read more about the book here (and sign up to be notified when the book is available).
Tags: criminal justice blog, new book, prison writing, San Quentin, writing
We are beyond excited for the release of Judith and Spoon’s book! Yours is a glowing review, and we can’t wait to get our hands on a copy of the book!
Allie for the Prison Arts Coalition.
By Heart: Poetry, Prison & Two Lives is a remarkable memoir of two powerful personalities brought together through poetry and prison. Neither person thought they would end up at San Quentin and yet when they did their joint contribution to the work in prison and beyond was phenomenal. It is an amazing read, turning from chapter to chapter you learn about their lives as children, young adults, and independent and confined individuals as well as their thoughts, beliefs and hopes. If you have worked in prison, you will find it heartwarming to learn what your presence means to those who reside there. And if you ever questioned (as we all do) does my work really matter, you will no longer wonder. Through Judith’s genuineness a poet awoke and found a way to live a fuller life in spite of confinement and through Spoon’s honesty and talent many people will be compelled to contribute to society even if society has abandoned them.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a manuscript copy of this work and am already planning on having Judith visit for a book talk at York Correctional Institution for Women in Niantic, Connecticut. Actually, we are planning to have her do book talks at each of the prison book clubs in our prisons. I encourage everyone to find a way to have Judith share her story and Spoon’s story with your students, colleagues and friends.
Thanks Judith and Spoon!!
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