There are always forces afoot like the prison and criminal substance abuse to crush beautiful human lives. The beauty of our humanity is that there are also forces of love with relentless purpose to support our communities to heal, recover and live into successful and vital lives.
Congratulations to Brothers in Pen for a fantastic book party and reading Oct. 20 at San Quentin State Prison. The work, whether fiction or poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir or dramatic lit, is stellar and the huge panel afterward, where the writers shared their creative process and the importance of art in their lives, was equally valuable and enlightening. That such beauty is possible behind bars is testament to the power of art to light darkness.