- Reginald Stephens
I am a 60-year-old Black man. I have served ten years of a 16-to-life sentence. The center of legal problems was addiction. I am ten years clean. I am a tutor for the Hudson Link College program. I like to think of myself as an essayist, but also write poetry, fiction, and am working on a memoir. I am a progressive thinker.
2022 PEN America Prison Writing Contest – Honorable Mention in Nonfiction Essay for “From the Sidelines“
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