Chad Rand was awarded the Fielding Dawson Prize 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.


You’re the southern baptist preacher, all brim-

stone and praise, while I’m the gravel road

outside. Our lovemaking, full of sweat and gospel

and grit. Our embraces, a jackal with a rabbit

in its teeth.

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.