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!
The 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!”
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 Prison
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.
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.
James T. Webb Guide to President Trump
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.
Ink 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 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.
Are Ya’ Truckin’?: Updated 2020
by David J Johnson
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!
Arizona Dream: A true story of a real-life “Ocean’s Eleven”
by Adnan 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
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Novel Under Seal
Mr. Riggs has also very generously donated writing tips for aspiring writers like me! You’ll find them on our Writing and Publishing page!
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.
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…
All of this author’s books are published by his own publishing business!
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)
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 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.
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.
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 email@example.com or via mail to:
11 Oakwood st.
Asheville, NC 28806
You will be notified if your work is selected. Authors retain all rights to their material.
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.
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.
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.
Written by prisoners for prisoners. Provides excellent tips for success in change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
A complex tale of a girl, and how her life progresses within a complex story and many difficult decisions.
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:
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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.
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.
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