Arthur Longworth

“I am a forty-five-year-old state-raised prisoner. And, I will not be silent. Most of the time I have spent at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla, WA which is also the subject of my essay. Entering the prison with only a 7th-grade education, I taught myself to write by reading books from the prison library. I work as a Spanish language translator.”

Arthur Longworth’s essays have been published by The Marshall Project, VICE News, and YES! Magazine. He is also the author of Zek: An American Prisoner Story (Gabalfa Press, 2016), a work of creative nonfiction that lays bare the experience of mass incarceration from the inside. For more info go to