Brothers In Pen

5:07pm

Thu November 13, 2014
Arts & Culture

Brothers in Pen: Creative writing from San Quentin

The Brothers in Pen creative writing class at San Quentin. Photo courtesy of Peter Merts

When we think of prison, most of us don’t think of it as a place where people go to get an education or to learn how to express themselves. But the arts have been part of the California prison system since 1977. Even though state funding for these programs was completely cut in 2003, nonprofits have kept some of the programs alive. One of those programs is Brothers in Pen--a creative writing class for San Quentin inmates, taught by Zoe Mullery.

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5:49pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Cops & Courts

Is prison necessary for change?

An inmate reads a story at San Quentin's creative writing class
Peter Merts

Earlier this month, students in Zoe Mullery’s creative writing class for San Quentin inmates held a reading of their work at the prison. The public was invited to the reading, and one of the audience members asked the inmates if they thought going to prison was the only way they could have changed their lives for the better.

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