RAYS OF HOPE
A very generous mentor recently gifted me a subscription to Poets & Writers Magazine, and I have enjoyed the issues I have received so far. I am incarcerated, and I write as a means of rehabilitation and personal growth. I hope a future issue of the magazine features an article highlighting markets that accept the work of incarcerated writers. I appreciate that the March/April 2017 Literary MAGNET featured fiction writer Deb Olin Unferth, who assists incarcerated writers here at the John B. Connally Unit in Texas, and that Columbia Journal has opened its annual contest to incarcerated writers. These are two bright rays of hope for imprisoned writers. However, if the publishing world knew of the abundance and depth of talent residing in America’s prisons, we might soon have not just a few rays of hope for us, but many. Thank you for your commitment to writers.