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The Search For Talented Writers In The Prison System Is Changing It, Too 

By Adam Popescu via FastCompany Labs

A digital publishing house is conducting a semi-legal, large-scale search for the next great incarcerated author. The reaction from authorities isn’t what you’d expect.

Jack London, Ken Kesey, William Burroughs, Oscar Wilde, Malcolm X, Voltaire, Cervantes, E.E. Cummings, Martin Luther King, Mark Twain–all literary legends who spent time behind bars. Some only a few nights, others years. A few even penned classics while in the joint.

Unlike those lucky standouts, most incarcerated art doesn’t make it outside the confines of a cell. But that may be changing. Random House recently paid six figures for the rights to a handwritten prison memoir titled “The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict, or the Inmate of a Gloomy Prison.”

Now a Texas publishing company is searching for the next great incarcerated writers–something never possible before software, thanks to strict laws about communicating (and, of course, planning entrepreneurial creative efforts) with prisoners. Here’s how they’re pulling it off.

Brenda Marie Osbey

Vidahlia Press would like to introduce Brenda Marie Osbey as the distinguished judge for INK’s poetry category. She is an accomplished poet and professor. A native of New Orleans, Brenda Marie Osbey was appointed the first peer-selected Poet Laureate of the State of Louisiana in 2005.

Brenda Marie Osbey

Professor Brenda Marie Osbey teaches Africana poetry virtual seminar with University of Kansas/NEH special online institute.  On Friday, November 15, 2013 she will be reading from History and Other Poems and then discussing Africana poetry for the remainder of the hour.

Below is the audio recording from the webinar.


Selected Honors and Awards:

  • Louisiana Board of Regents Award to Artists and Scholars (ATLAS)
  • Manship Summer Fellowship

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Today is World Read Aloud Day! Worldwide

Today is World Read Aloud Day! Worldwide people will #readaloud for the transforming power
of literacy & story.
http://ow.ly/u5sdx

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March is National Read Aloud Month!

Does reading aloud really matter?

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Pubsoft Breaks into Non-Profit Sector with Vidahlia Press and Publishing House Deal

Pubsoft Breaks into Non-Profit Sector with Vidahlia Press & Publishing House Deal — HOUSTON, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –.

I am part of the worldwide movement for

I am part of the worldwide movement for global literacy. I hope you’ll #readaloud on World Read
Aloud Day too: http://ow.ly/u5sjS

Only 5 more days until World Read Aloud

Only 5 more days until World Read Aloud Day! There’s still time to register and gather family &
friends for a #readaloud party: http://ow.ly/u5s93

The power of story belongs to everyone.

The power of story belongs to everyone. #ReadAloud on March 5 for the 793
million people who cannot read or write. http://ow.ly/u5qqe

Let’s get the whole world to #readaloud

Let’s get the whole world to #readaloud for a literate world on March 5. Register for
World Read Aloud Day today: http://litworld.org/wrad

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33 Unusual Tips To Being A Better Writer | Thought Catalog

33 Unusual Tips To Being A Better Writer | Thought Catalog.

I will read aloud on March 5 for World Read Aloud Day, will you?

I will read aloud on March 5 for World Read Aloud Day, will you?
#readaloud #wrad
http://ow.ly/u5on2

WORLD READ ALOUD DAY: MARCH 5, 2014

Every year on the first Wednesday of March LitWorld’s advocacy campaign for the human right of literacy calls worldwide attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.

Imagine a world where everyone can read…

World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.

By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.

- See more at: http://litworld.org/worldreadaloudday/#sthash.Pd2CkcIK.dpuf

Google Doodle Celebrates John Steinbeck

Originally posted on NewsFeed:

Today’s Google Doodle is one big, interactive birthday card to Pulitzer Prize winning author John Steinbeck, who would have turned 112 today.
Google Doodle John Steinbeck

After clicking on the Doodle, users get transported to a click through animation that highlights his greatest works, starting with The Grapes of Wrath.

Google Doodle John Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath
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Clicking the image prompts illustrations based on the Pulitzer Prize and Nation Book Award winning novel to appear on the screen along with famous quotes.

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Other books featured included Cannery Row:

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Of Mice and Men:

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The Pearl:

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and Travels with Charlie in Search of America:

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Steinbeck died in 1968 at 66.

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“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.”

“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.”

[Letter to Max Brod, July 5, 1922]

― Franz Kafka

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Fun Infographic from goodreads

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The Horrifying Love Lives of Famous Authors

Vidahlia Press:

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is an article about the less than perfect love lives of famous authors. This should cheer anyone up about their own situation.

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

In the abstract, everyone would like to fall in love with a famous writer. It holds out the promise of fabulous love letters and, if one is very lucky, immortalization as the subject of a super-romantic poem. I mean, Keats’ beloved Fanny Brawne really lucked out, I think, with “Bright star, bright star / would I were as steadfast as thou art.” I would be thrilled if someone would write that about me.

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The City Inside

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Hakim Bellamy at the Monroe Correctional Facility

Hakim Bellamy at the Monroe Correctional Facility

Originally posted on The Prison Arts Coalition:

By Hakim Bellamy

About the guest blogger: Hakim Bellamy became the inaugural poet laureate of Albuquerque on April 14th, 2012, at age 33. He was the son of a preacher man (and a praying woman). His mother gave him his first book of poetry as a teen, a volume by Khalil Gibran. Many poems later, Bellamy has been on two national champion poetry slam teams, won collegiate and city poetry slam championships (in Albuquerque and Silver City, NM), and has been published in numerous anthologies and on inner-city buses. A musician, actor, journalist, playwright and community organizer, Bellamy has also received an honorable mention for the Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize at the University of New Mexico. Bellamy is the founder and president of Beyond Poetry LLC. For more information on the author, please visit www.hakimbe.com.

The City Inside Me

I want to think about my future.
I want…

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“The Race to Incarcerate: Locking Up Poor Blacks and Latinos ” via sync504.com Newsletter

The Race to Incarcerate: Locking Up Poor Blacks and Latinos

Most prisoners are people of color. That is not justice.

by Scott A. Bonn, Ph.D.

 The number of persons in U.S. prisons is more than 2 million-roughly equal to the entire population of Houston, Texas. The massive U.S. prison population does not mirror the demographic profile of U.S. society or the actual patterns of crime. In fact, there is a stark pattern of racial disparity in the prison population that is the result of racial profiling by authorities.The vast majority of U.S. prisoners are poor, uneducated, unskilled, emotionally or psychologically troubled, drug and/or alcohol dependent, and either Black or Latino.The racial disparity between prisoners and the general population is particularly profound. Blacks and Latinos together comprise less than 30% of the general population but nearly 70% of the U.S. prison population. How can this be?Conventional – that is, uninformed – wisdom suggests the reason Blacks and Latinos represent the majority of the prison population is that they commit the majority of all crimes in the U.S. That is simply not the case.Top of FormBottom of FormThe reality is that Blacks and Latinos are differentially targeted and processed throughout the U.S. criminal justice system. The tremendous discretion afforded the police, prosecutors and judges at all stages of the criminal justice process – from arrest to incarceration and parole – allows Blacks and Latinos to be given harsher treatment than Whites who commit the very same crimes.

 This is largely a result of “racial profiling.” According to the ACLU, racial profiling “refers to the discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual’s race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.” Stated differently, racial profiling is the reliance of criminal justice authorities on a group of non-legal personal characteristics they believe to be associated with crime.

Consider these facts: Blacks make up 12% of the U.S. population and comprise 14% of all illegal drug users, but they represent 35% of all drug arrests, 55% of all convictions for drug crimes, and 75% of all those who go to prison for drug crimes! This is clearly not equal justice for Blacks relative to other races.

 Disturbingly, racial disparity in the criminal justice process exists for most other crimes, including murder and rape, as well. The startling crime statistics reveal that racially biased patterns of processing are very common throughout the criminal justice system.

 It is time to pull the blindfold off of lady justice and admit that she is not blind after all. She sees quite well, indeed. Her acute but sometimes prejudiced vision unfortunately leads her to differentially profile, target and incarcerate many poor Blacks and Latinos.

The result is a prison population that does not fairly represent the true picture or color of criminal activity in the U.S. It’s time to put an end to such practices and deliver justice fairly to all U.S. citizens.

10 Must-Read Books for February

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

It’s only the second month of 2014, and we already have a bunch of books to jot down for end-of-year list consideration. We’ve still likely got a month or more of winter cold to look forward to, and thankfully, the pile of great reads (including a stellar selection of short-story collections) due out in February provides plenty of reasons to stay inside until things start to thaw out.

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PRE-ORDER From These Many Rooms: The 2014 INK Prison Writing Contest Anthology

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Writer Wednesday

Originally posted on A Dose of Kyle:

Quotes, prompts, inspiration, and more to help writers get back to writing. As always, let me know what you think!

Quotes

“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”  -Logan Pearsall Smith

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” -Anton Chekhov

“A metaphor is like a simile.”  -Author Unknown 

Prompts

The nation is controlled by…

I was born…

The most beautiful smile I ever saw…

and you thought dragons didn’t exist…

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Looking for more prompts and inspiration? Check out previous Writer Wednesdays! http://kylefreelander.wordpress.com/category/writer-wednesday/

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