C. Fausto Cabrera was awarded 2nd Place 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.


It’s always names, dates & flowers of some sort,

an appropriate symbol of squandered youth, sketched into skin.

How else can I contribute to the bloodline? How else to be needed?

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.