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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!

The Inmate Step By Step Guide: How To Build Your

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Personal 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

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

SO YOU CAN WRITE PUBLICATIONS  https://sycwp.com/

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)

New Additions!

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

ImCBani and The Magic Pot: Our Black is Beautiful Series

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  2. 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.

SSharpThe Last Hunt: Our Black is Beautiful Series

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  2. 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.

POETRY

 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)

 

ATTENTION POETRY WRITERS!

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

BreakingFreePoets
11 Oakwood st.
Asheville, NC 28806

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

About BreakingFreePoets:
BreakingFreePoets is a group of incarcerated writers seeking to change the culture inside of prison and empower those most impacted by the criminal justice system.

https://breakingfreepoets.com/

SELF-HELP & Social Sciences

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 StudentsBruce

Success in Prison

Self-Help in Prison: Encouragement, Insight and Empowerment for People Who Are in Search of a Better Life

For Us in Prison

Rehabilitation in Prison Volume I: A Secular Approac

 

philosophers stoneThe 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.

REENTRY / REFERENCE

LifeWithARecord 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.

 

SourcebookReentry Sourcebook

Terrell M. Hall & Shawn R. Pelley

Created by currently and previously incarcerated individuals, the Reentry Sourcebook is a compilation of local, state, and national resources. Chapters cover topics such as mental health, substance abuse, housing and homelessness,

consumer educations, financial assistance, education and employment, identification, family and entrepreneurship.

MEMOIRS

JJS podcast

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. To learn more about this author, you can listen to his interview on Conversations With Malik. Malik states “When many would decide to give up, not Jermaine. He keeps striving for greatness in spite of the odds.”

3 decades

3 Decades

Artemio Garcia Jr.

3 Decades 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 and became immersed in the underground life.  Do you ever feel like its time for a turn-around?  If so, then consider reading “3 Decades”. This book has the potential to impact many in such a way that it will urge them to modify their lifestyle. 3 Decades is a model for change that is desperately needed in today’s society. Artemio Garcia has turned his life around and wants, through his story, to make a positive impact.

fixed

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

 

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.

FICTION

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

Vengeant

Vengeant

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.

Aspiring writers: check out our Publishing and Writing Tips page!

https://www.fairshake.net/writing-and-publishing/

American Prison Writing Archive

https://apw.dhinitiative.org/

The mission of the APWA is to replace speculation on and misrepresentation of prisons, imprisoned people, and prison workers with first-person witness by those who live and work on the receiving end of American criminal justice. As of 2.18.20 they have 2323 titles in English and 17 titles in Spanish.  The books, papers and poems are grouped by Titles (A-Z), Authors, Author Attributes, Languages, Prisons and States. Search information is on the left side of the page.

To submit your essay, book or poem, request their permissions questionnaire here:

The American Prison Writingarchive Archive
c/o Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323-1218

 

VOLUNTEER!   Help transcribe essays to enter into the archive!  Fill out the application here:

https://apw.dhinitiative.org/content/request-permission-transcribe-apwa-essays

PenPrisons Foundation

2512 Virginia Ave. NW, #58043
Washington, DC 20037

http://prisonsfoundation.org/

 If you are a prisoner who has written a book, or would like to write a book, we want to publish it. All books on any subject are welcome. There is no charge to you to publish your book and no charge to anyone who wishes to read it. You retain full rights to your book if you later wish to place it with a literary agent or commercial publisher. Placing your book on our website is in fact a good way to bring it to the attention of agents and larger publishers (and protect it under common copyright law). (Even bestselling author Stephen King had to self-publish and give away his first five books, which were eventually picked up and published by commercial publishers after he was “discovered.” ) When we receive your book, it will be scanned in its entirety, just as you submitted it to us…even if it’s hand written.

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Click here for the BOOK SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINE information.

 

They also offer inexpensive Dictionaries (Webster’s) and Thesauruses (Roget’s) – in larger print.

If you purchase either book alone, the cost is  $3.95 + $2.75 shipping.

If you purchase both books together, the cost is $7.90+ $5.50 shipping, plus you will receive a free bonus book.

To purchase, send your full mailing information to:
PRISONS FOUNDATION
2512 Virginia Ave. NW, #58043
Washington, DC 20037

Accepted payment: unused postage stamps, check or money order. The books can also be ordered on the website: www.prisonsfoundation.org