RAYS OF HOPE

Poets and Writers - - Letters - EVERETT SCHELL Kenedy, Texas

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.

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