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Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Authors Page

We’ve created this page to showcase literary accomplishments of the incarcerated and formerly Incarcerated authors, and to share opportunities to new and aspiring writers!

New Additions!

Saved by the Blood: DNA testing not withstanding but the blood of Jesus prevailing  By Eugene E. Nelson, Jr.

Unapologetically revealing, this non-fiction autobiography will have you captivated with twists and turns, compelling characters, plot changes, and a thirst to see what is coming next.


Circus Day by Theo Malcolm

Circus is in town and Grace decided to take her younger siblings. Everyone was excited, especially Empress. Grace didn’t realize that her sister’s excitement would make them the main act in the circus.

9 Lives: Poetry from Behind Bars by Dawn Prado

I’ve written what I know.  I’ve reached to the bottom of my soul and have written about deep fears that we tend to have.  One day I will tell my entire story. But now my poems will speak for me, from behind bars.

From Mental Distortion To Mental Restoration: A Journey of Trauma-Related Mental Disorder
by Mr Willie Mitchell

The author takes readers on a journey to learn how childhood experiences shape the mental make-up of a person as they mature, and how instinctual behaviors are rooted in the “nurture” and not the “nature” of a person.


Explore methods to discover your authentic identity, intrinsic value, unique purpose, and self-actualization to walk and live boldly in the fullness of who you truly are.

A Soul Call From Prison: How Yoga and Taoism Cured my Crises with Cocaine and Christianity
By Clifton Scott Brooks Jr.
What does it take to survive 322 months in federal prison?  I had to bend over, grab my ankles, close my eyes, and breathe through the pain. That right!  I practiced yoga.  Soul Call is the story of how Brooks used Hatha Yoga and Taoist meditation to overcome addiction, resolve his issues with Christianity, and cope with life behind razor wire.

by James Terry II
An anthology of Afrofuturist science fiction trilogy that entails a Black protagonist, InVitro Fertilization, holograms, a Donald J. Trump assassination attempt, transhumanism, a salute to Mothers Day, and Critical Race Theory essays.

Trapped N Da Trap
by Eric Chavis
What would you do if you were trapped? This is real life! No sugar coatin’. Explicit reality. Incarcerated with no microphone to channel his creativity, Chavis has found storytelling in literature as a way to express himself lyrically.


Trucking Guides by David J. Johnson

Get Your CDL: Commercial Drivers License Study Guide

The author shares “information that you need to pass the CDL exam the first time with exceptional results. We teach this method to all our commercial learners permit (CLP) students with great success.”

Start Your Own Trucking Company: A Step-by-Step Guide to Success
The guide contains:
* Legal business ownership
* Insurance: limits and requirements
* Doing business in the brokerage world
* Logo design and regulations
* Selecting and securing equipment
* Ways of getting your trucking company to stand out and much more!

Are Ya’ Truckin’?: Updated 2020
Truckin'From the highways of the Midwest comes this introduction to what drives America’s commerce – trucking!  Whether you’re looking to get into the industry as a driver, owner/operator, or just trying to see what the best option for you would be, it’s here! This book will also describe the things that can derail your career quicker than a wreck in the road. Along the way, you’ll hear tales of this Asphalt Cowboy’s experiences on the road. Saddle up and brave the open road!

SELF-HELP & Social Sciences

bpzThe Tree of Life: Sowing Your Seeds of Destiny
by Brian Zater
Using a tree as a metaphor for our thinking, feeling and intention, Zater guides us toward a better understanding of ourselves and our possibilities. In the author’s words: “The Tree of Life empowers us to gain mastery over the creation of our lives from this moment forward!”

Have you ever wanted to read tons of self-help books, but haven’t the time to? SELF-HELP-YOUR-SELF comprises of many of life’s favorite authors and inferences, so you don’t have to read 100’s of books to learn the secrets and ways of many past self-help masters.

Self-Prosper-Wealth is an amalgamation of 25 prosperity books condensed into one. Prosperity happens in many forms. This book gives advice to achieving it.

You can visit the authors website here: https://selfprosperlife.com/


48 Laws of Hustling: Don’t Be A Statistic48 laws of hustling

By Ricky St. Julien II

A self help book about many young men who fall victim to the siren song of the streets, often glamorized through music videos and movies. St.Julien also known as the rapper Silk G. pulls back the covers of the game or hustling as it is widely known, in an effort to keep forthcoming generations from becoming a statistic.

PreventionGuideA Guide to Relapse Prevention for Prisoners

Charles Howard Hottinger, Jr.

A step by step guide to help you prepare a plan to overcome addiction. Written by a prisoner who has had to fight the battles of addiction.


Bruce Michaels “In Prison” Series

Written by prisoners for prisoners. Provides excellent tips for success in change.

College in Prison: Information and Resources for Incarcerated Students

Success In Prison, 2nd edition

For Us in Prison

Rehabilitation in Prison Volume I: A Secular Approach

The Hole In Prison: Are You Falling In or Climbing Out?

Memoirs of Four Convicted Murderers

Michigan Law For Teenagers

Prison IQ

PEER: Prison Experiment for Education and Rehabilitation

How to Write a Parole Plan

philosophers stone

The Philospher’s Stone

Raymond K Hedgespeth

Allow this book to guide you to the STONE that you are looking for. The author is a student of religion, philosophy, and history.  To borrow from Wilde: “The word is a living breathing entity; its meaning will change from time-to-time, person-to-person as we grow and gain more understanding of life and its meaning.” If you will open yourself to this book, it can and will change your life.

Articles and Websites!  

Wisdom from Within


Website loaded with thoughtful writings by Ernesto Cole, who says “look at this material as a companion for the continual process for change and growth” He also asks that you consider shifting your role from “learner to that of teacher” by sharing, and discussing, what you discover.


A Complex Industry
Found in the Minutes Before Six  2.13.23 online

Guiding Light
Found in the Justice Arts Coalition  12.27.22 online

Surviving Prison is 90% Mental. That’s Why I Teach Workouts That Strengthen the Mind
Found in The Marshall Project 4.22   online

For Incarcerated Fathers, Parenting From a Distance Makes a Tough Job Tougher
Found in Parents magazine   3.22 online

Tour Guide
Found in Columbia Journal   5.21 online

In Prison, a Phone Was My Lifeline. Until I Got Caught With It.
Found in The Philadelphia Inquirer 4.17.22   online

Children’s Books

CBImani and The Magic Pot: Our Black is Beautiful Series

by S.Sharp

A little girl facing hunger and thirst learns that through faith and kindness anyone can make a different. She also learns that in helping other people solve the problem that they face, she is also blessed by solving her own.


The Last Hunt:Our Black is Beautiful Series

by S.Sharp

The Last Hunt is an African Fairy Tale that we hope will be first of many books in a series called, “Our Black Is Beautiful.” It is a tale of growth, new traditions and deals with the spiritual journey of a Masai Princess as she finds herself coming of age.

The Best-Ever Adventure
by Eric Artisan
This beautifully illustrated children’s book is a wonderful way to explore the meaning of life and is destined to become a classic. For ages 5 & up.


Beyond The Bars
by Joseph R. Mays
“Beyond the Bars” is a motivational and inspirational collection of poetry written by a prisoner for all prisoners.  This collection covers the gamut of different situations faced by prisoners every day. The book’s message is simple: Whether you have life or get out tomorrow, there is always hope and something better “Beyond the Bars”.

The Ill Effects of PrisonIll Effects
by Abdul Dula-Dym Fowler
The Ill Effects of Prison will open your eyes as to what’s really at stake when people go to prison, how it effects the people who go to prison, their families, their communities, as well as society.

Pen to Paper From Pen To Paper: A Lifetime Of Sentences Waiting To Be Heard
by Marvin Louis Beauchamp
Inside are the raw expressed emotions from the psyche of a man searching for himself. These writings are being shared with the hope of helping you, the reader, clarify some of your past, present and future feelings.

Also by Marvin Beauchamp: From Pen To Paper: My Second Collection Of Tangible Thoughts Concrete Feelings

James T. Webb Guide to President TrumpWebb
By James T. Webb
Webb offers President Trump his 27 years of insight on how to REBUILD America’s low income African American and other poor communities. Webb makes his methods in The WAHM (Webb Affordable Housing Model) available to the Trump administration to help finally bring the CHANGE that America’s poor communities have been waiting on for the past 100 years.

inkInk from the Heart
by Matthew Sean Blanchard

Matthew Blanchard’s Ink from the Heart is a poet’s collection of 35 poems detailing his life’s experiences and search for true love.

Beyond the Bottom Lines: A Collection of Poems Celebrating Life’s Absurdities
by S. A. Nesbitt Nesbitt
Nesbitt was inspired to put his collection  of poetry together as a means for looking at some of life’s absurdities and the odd things that we take for granted on a daily basis. The title is a play on words, and he wants the reader to look “beyond” the obvious, to know that there is always more to consider than meets the eye.

Arizona Dream: A true story of a real-life “Ocean’s Eleven”
by Adnan Alisic Alisic
Haunted by the demons from his past, Adnan Alisic escapes Bosnia and comes to Phoenix, Arizona, where he starts a new life. Fueled by ambition he starts a successful car dealership, settles down, and lives the American Dream. Tortured by his past, he seeks relief in gambling and loses everything. Forced by the gambling debt and driven by the revenge against the casino, he plans an elaborate casino heist. From ethnic cleansing and mass killings in Bosnia, to gambling and underground tunnels in Arizona, you will read Arizona Dream until the last page where you’ll find the reason behind the heist.

Also by Alisic: UNFORGIVING

Reentry & Reference

 Life With A Record: Reenter Society, Finish Supervision and Live Successfully

Anthony Tinsman

Things don’t magically change after you get kicked out of prison. Life starts all over again but there’s a catch, having a record impacts almost every part of your life. Filled with insights, advice, contacts, and exercises, the information in this book strikes legal, personal and professional levels. A real world guide for minimizing disruptions and maximizing success.

Pardons and Commutations of Sentences: The Complete Guidebook to Applying for Clemency

pardonsDavid L. Mathis And Brandon Sample

This easy to read guidebook is designed to assist individuals who want to apply for a pardon or commutation of sentence. The guidebook gives practical information about the process for applying for clemency, and is a “must have” for any individual who wants to navigate the complex process of applying for a pardon or commutation of sentence.



360 Degree Solid The Alpha-Bit
by Taurus Turnquest
Poems and profound messages that resonate with today’s struggles.

also by Taurus Turnquest
Passion of Poems; When a Lion Roars


 AndreCaged Bird Series

Andre Willis

Andre’ Willis has written a multitude of poems while being incarcerated. His Caged Bird series spans several years and a variety of situations and emotions, reminding us of the humanness that persists in an inhuman environment.  His reflections give us a window into the mind of a person with limited physical freedom but a free spirit.

A Collection Of Emotions (The Caged Bird Series) (Volume 2)

Don’t Let Nut’In Get You Down (Caged Bird) (Volume 3)

A Journey of a Caged Bird (Caged Bird Series) (Volume 4)

From That Which I Am Driven (Caged Bird Series) (Volume 5)

The Inmate Step By Step Guide: How To Build Your

StepPersonal Credit While Incarcerated

By Amin Ali Shabazz

This is a Step by Step book that guides a credit novice through the process of checking their existing credit score, rehabilitating credit, building their current credit score and all information included can be completed while behind the wall. The book explains why it’s mandatory to have “good credit” after being released from a facility in regards to better housing, reliable transportation and a successful job. My teaching while behind the walls included the basics of credit and the importance of maintaining great credit for your day to day life experiences upon release.

scriptThe Script

by Kendrick Watkins

Not afraid to change E into an I, the untold story of a writer at the peak of his thoughts and understanding.  Every poem, every letter and every thought stands out. This book comes in the purest form dealing with love, hurt, pain and loss; taking into account, that you must let it all out at all costs…

Other books by Kendrick Watkins:SYCWP

The Script 2: Beyond


All of this author’s books are published by his own publishing business!


home4writers@sycwp.com   920-821-3006

From the website “So You Can Write Publications is a publishing company designed to assist writers with their writing works. We are here to help present your story in the same light as the light bulb that created your thoughts and ideas.  We are not just a publishing company, but a home for writers!” (SYCWP is a Formerly-Incarcerated-Owned business)


After the Change

After The Change

Michael J. Moore

Diego Conner is at school when his world changes. As soon as his classmates start killing each other, he runs. Then, when he gets home, his parents try to eat him. They aren’t zombies though. They are alive and can be killed. He simply calls them “The Changed”. The only people he knows who haven’t changed are his friends, Sheena and Wes. With their families gone, the fifteen year old’s are forced to look out for each other. Can they face a new journey together – one filled with brainless, flesh eating monsters? This book isn’t really about the zombies. It is about how the characters relate to each other in a world which has turned cold and cruel. It is about a love brought on by the loss of everything that ever mattered to them.

ETWEscaping The Wheel: A Novel

Eric Artisan

 Rostam, an escaped convict obsessed with reincarnation and karma, seeks more than revenge. He wishes to end his time on the Wheel of Life. But first he must right the wrongs of countless past lives and obtain forgiveness from those who would continue to pull him back to Earth.

Also by Artisan



Clay wakes . . . Every day a different life — a different reality — based on a choice he made, many years ago, resulting in infinite possibilities . . . and in the death of the one he loved. So now he seeks revenge, over and over and over again, but with no memory of what really happened, or who the real killer may be. Only the choices he makes now will determine his fate . . . and reveal the truth.

Making a GangstaGansta

Larry W Johnson

A boy is marked by death at a young age when his step father is murdered in front of him, and must try to out distance this tragedy, haunted by it every step of the way.

Two Novels by Wesley Hunter:

wes 1True Blue

The story of a young boy’s journey to manhood in the inner city of Los Angeles. From straight A’s to prison, from hope to hopelessness… An emotional look inside of a young boy as he searches his world to discover what it truly means to be a man.wes 2

LOVE is a Bitch

A complex tale of a girl, and how her life progresses within a complex story and many difficult decisions.


3 Decades:In The Texas Badlands

Artemio Garcia Jr.

3 Decades: In The Texas Badlands brings to you a first-hand account of a man who turned to to a lifestyle that lead him to commit crimes and develop ties with the Mexican Cartel. Artemio Garcia’s testimony in 3 Decades reveals his past as a street gang member, immersed in the underground life. Artemio Garcia has turned his life around and wants to make a positive impact. 3 Decades is a model for change that is desperately needed in today’s society.


JJS bookI‘m Not Bitter

Jermaine J. Sims

In life we all go thru things and we can either use those obstacles as stepping stones to get to destiny or we can allow it make us bitter. This book will inspire and encourage you to reach higher heights no matter the obstacle.


Fixed: Dope sacks, dye packs, and the

long welcome back

By Doug Piotter

“Fixed” is a darkly comedic memoir that spans my unsupervised youth, drug and alcohol addiction, bank robbery, life in prison and ultimately my release and re-entry into my life’s new and sober orbit. Upon release, I learned that the universe is a kind and forgiving place, often strange and funny with plenty for everyone as long as I don’t forget where I came from


Destiny: My Choice to Choose

By Randy Forsterling

This book uncovers the root cause of the author’s criminality, as he accepts responsibility for his plight. Click on the title or the image of the book to order the hard copy.  Click here to order the Kindle version.


BreakingFreePoets is a poetry group at Petersburg Federal Correctional institute. We are looking for incarcerated (or formerly incarcerated) poets who would like to post their work on our website breakingfreepoets.com. If you would like to create a profile and share your work on our site, send your poem(s), a short bio, and a picture (optional) to mike@breakingfreepoets.com or via mail to:

Breaking Free Poets

11 Oakwood st.
Asheville, NC 28806

You will be notified if your work is selected. Authors retain all rights to their material.


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