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2008 Prison Writing Contest: A Reading

 

June 30, 2008 | WBAI | New York City

Cat Radio Cafe hosts a reading in celebration of the 2008 Prison Writing Contest. Marie Ponsot, Sapphire, Jackson Taylor, Michael Keck, Ennis Smith, Steven Hobbs, and Claudia Menza read from the winning works, as well as diaries entries and letters submitted by incarcerated writers. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

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• Marie Ponsot (8:28): Yvette Louisell’s “Prison Eulogies”; Joe Ricky Knight’s “An Escape Artist” and “What I Did on the Twenty-Fourth of January”; and Zachary Redfearne’s “Cookies”

• Sapphire (3:17): Yvette Louisell’s “Last Minutes,” “My Blue-Eyed Baby Boy,” and “Butterscotch Knew”; Zachary Redfearne’s “Beyond the Peas and Carrots”; John Yarbrough’s “Tahoka, Texas”

• Michael Keck (8:33) Eugene Dey’s “Frontline Reflections of a Drug War Journalist”

• Steven Hobbs (3:03): Diary excerpts from Malachi Ephraim and Richard Parker

• Jackson Taylor (11:08): Diary excerpt from Ernest Rich and William Poyck’s “The Man from Far Away”

• Claudia Menza (9:06): Charles Norman’s “Fighting the Ninja”

 

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