• Seeing 20/20 by Gillian Haines

    On the last day of February, the thought of conducting my prison writing workshops made the little zigzagged vein on my left temple throb. The pounding wasn’t about confronting a prisoner who insisted he wrote my friend’s daughter’s published poem …

Landlocked by Gillian Haines

Before I joined the creative writing workshops in Arizona’s Rincon and Santa Rita prison units, I had volunteered for ten years to visit four…

The Homesick Hours by Gillian Haines

“She teaches murderers to write love poems.” The guard laughs, his comment just loud enough for me to hear. I heft a large, clear,…

The Last Cup by Michael South

Gray trays upon gray trays are stacked one on another, each imprisoning a six by six brigade of brown plastic cups waiting to be…

Venting by Hugh Stan J. Schlicker

The therapist sits and studies her next three patients. They each wear some kind of costume. One is a man, one a boy, and…

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Three Musketeers by Garen Zakarian

I love the Three Musketeers. Not those of whom Dumas wrote, the other ones, wrapped in shiny foil. Last I tasted one was about twenty-two years ago in a wretched contract facility near Bakersfield where a vendor stocking the machine…

Chance by Jake Wideman

I’m standing in the city bus, holding onto an overhead bar to keep my balance (too tall, really, for the straps), my stop just half a block away. The bus is idling at a red light, and I glance through…

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