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Zek in Good Company on Marshall Project Bookshelf

The Marshall Project is “a nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system.”  Their team of journalists also curate a relatively short list of books about criminal justice.  Among the titles are classics such as, A Time to Die: The Attica Prison Revolt by Tom Wicker and newer works such as Michelle Alexander’s, The New Jim Crow.

We’re happy to report Zek: An American Prison Story now sits among these titles, and is currently the only book among them written by someone serving time.  If we’re going to talk about criminal justice, we want everyone at the table. Congratulations, Arthur.  And thank to the Marshall Project for this honor.

The Bookshelf

Books about criminal justice, curated by The Marshall Project staff.

Love and Loss Inside: Navigating Relationships with the Free World

Arthur has had his essay on forming and ending relationships while in prison published concurrently in Vice and The Marshall Project.  It’s a moving piece of writing.

Prison Is Killing My Prison Romance

I’m in the yard, staring up at the concrete-colored clouds, when my last name and prison number erupt from the loudspeaker atop the wall, announcing I have a visitor. She’s here. At the gate, a guard asks why I’m in the yard in the first place if I knew I’d have a visit.

 

“A close reading of Zek is a mandatory assignment for free people”–The San Quentin News reviews Zek

The hopeful resilient human spirit behind bars

Zek: An American Prison Story (2016), by Arthur Longworth, captures the tedious and mundane, the miserable and disappointing, the irrational and vicious aspects of doing time behind bars. But it also offers keen assurance that, in spite of these highly toxic dynamics, the resilient human spirit retains the ability to hold on to a hopeful attitude.

Inlander article reveals inspiration for Art Longworth’s Zek

Mitch Ryals has written an article that reveals Zek’s inspiration as well as the publishing story  behind Zek.

Barred from Books

click to enlarge Arthur Longworth’s dog-eared manuscript was inconspicuously shuffled among the other essays that the volunteer English teacher had to grade. Held together with a thick black clip, the tattered document had yet to be read by anyone beyond prison walls.

 

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