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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.


Arthur Longworth wins third place PEN America award for his essay, “The Yard”

We want to congratulate Arthur for winning a PEN award for his essay, “The Yard.” The award ceremony is November 28th at The Greene Space in New York. You can read the essay here.

Prison Writing Award Winners: 2015-2016 | PEN America

Every year hundreds of inmates from around the country submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic works to PEN’s Prison Writing Contest, one of the few outlets of free expression for the country’s incarcerated population. Manuscripts come to the Prison Writing Program in a variety of forms: some are handwritten, some are typed, some are written in the margins of legal documents.

‘Burn it to the Ground’ Zek reviewed in Souciant

ASU professor, Joe Lockard, makes the case for Zek being a part “of a new wave of American literature.”

‘Burn it to the Ground’

It is well-known that there are currently 2.4 million people in US prisons and jails. What is less-known is that they write and are producing a new wave of American literature.

Arthur Longworth and his novel ‘Zek’ featured in the Marshall Project

Does the First Amendment End at the Prison Gate?

Though he is a prisoner, Arthur Longworth asserts his right to free speech under the First Amendment. Serving life without parole for a murder he committed in 1985, Longworth has continued to publish an array of stories and essays, including two articles for The Marshall Project, from the confines of his cell at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington state.

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