Doing Time: For the prison writers whose work is included in this anthology, it means more than "serving a sentence"; it means staying alive and sane, preserving dignity, reinventing oneself, and somehow retaining one's humanity. For the last quarter century the prestigious writers' organization PEN has sponsored a contest for writers behind bars to help prisoners face these challenges. The contest honors the best short stories, plays, essays, and poems among hundreds submitted annually by men and women nationwide. Bell Chevigny, a writer herself and a former prison teacher, has selected the best of these to create Doing Time - a timely, beautiful, sometimes devastating, but vital work, which demonstrates resoundingly that prison writing is a vibrant branch of American literature.
©1999, 2011 PEN American Center. Foreword 1999, 2011 by Sister Helen Prejean. Introduction and afterword copyright 2011 by Bell Gale Chevigny. Section introductions copyright 1999, 2011 by Bell Gale Chevigny (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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