Fernando Rivas was awarded 3rd Place in Poetry in the 2022 Prison Writing Contest.

Every year, hundreds of imprisoned people from around the country submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic works to PEN America’s Prison Writing Contest, one of the few outlets of free expression for the country’s incarcerated population.


so that we can express what is verbalized as

y + x or

x – y

perhaps there is a ratio: z

so that x/y = z

where y is the determinant

where a balance between spoken works and silence

is some predetermined constant

To finish reading this, as well as the works of all other contributors, purchase Variations on an Undisclosed Location: 2022 Prison Writing Awards Anthology here.