Chad H. Rand

I am a gay, incarcerated poet and writer originally from Rochelle, IL. I currently work for a dollar a day as a prison gardener and greenhouse keeper. I am also a correspondence college student pursuing a BA in theater and English. Words are my escape, my liberty, my autonomy, my reassurance that, above the maelstrom, humanity and trueness of heart still live on.

Winner, 2022 PEN America Prison Writing Contest – Fielding Dawson Prize in Poetry for “Litany in Paris”

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