I am sixty years old and have been in prison for the last thirty-three years. I have been writing seriously for about the last twelve of those. I consider myself primarily an essayist, but I’ve had some luck in publishing both poetry and fiction as well. I also wrote for the Concord (NH) Monitor for a year and enjoyed that experience. I am a regular contributor to and an associate editor of The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, an academic journal published by the University of Ottawa that deals with criminal justice issues, primarily prison related.
I look for challenges in my writing, both in the subject matter and the technique. In my fiction, for example, I prefer to write about morally ambiguous characters in power situations. I like to put these characters on the page and then see what they say and do, as bizarre as that might sound to someone who does not write.