GRAND PRIZE:  James J. Krivaska, Avenel, NJ

Reflections from the Jetty”

SECOND PRIZE:  Michael Hicks, Detroit, MI

The Nat Turner Papers

THIRD PRIZE:  Bernard Jerry, Cresson, PA

Harryet Potter & Room 14-K


Damien Philips, Mahanoy, PA  Convict: an autobiography

Wendell G. Caldwell, Cresson, PA Peer to Peer Mentoring

Marcus Druery, death row, Polunsky Unit, TX  Precious Time

Donald Lawyer, Greene, PA Walking Weird

Gregory X. Moore, Mahanoy, PA Grassroots Poems of a Prisoner

James R. Prince, Huntingdon, PA

A Traveler’s Nightmare; A Necromaniac’s Dream

Richard Johnson, E. Jersey State, NJ Keys on My Piano

Annou Lo, Redgranite, WI In Memory Of…

Calvin Helton, Sr. Cresson, PA

The How, Why and Mindset of Black America (one man’s point of view)

Donald T. Rice, Pollock, LA   Life Behind Bars

A message from Sagewriters’ Director

December, 2008

Dear Writers,

It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you the winners of the Sagewriters Book Contest. The judges had a hard time deciding as we received so many excellent applicants. All were unanimous in the selection of our Grand Prize winner, James J. Krivacska, whose Reflections from the Jetty presents not just deeply felt memories, but inspiration and reflections on prison life and ways of examining our thinking processes. Michael Hicks presents The Nat Turner Papers as a dark comedy taking place in the year 2020.  Bernard Jerry’s fantasy, with a female Harry Potter character at its center, provides an entertaining read with some well-paced, amusing twists on an old tale. Our Honorable Mentions span the country and include autobiographies, poetry, ponderings on race, and just some good stories.

We were disappointed that only a couple of women applied and hope in the future we can reach more women. Enclosed is a letter from Infinity with the newly negotiated price for you of $399!  Despite hard financial times, they are continuing their support for Sagewriters by offering imprisoned writers a discount on the setup fee.  A copy of their publishing agreement is enclosed.  I may not be able to send Celling America’s Soul as it has been banned in PA prisons…will substitute Healing instead.

Stay tuned for publication of Reflections from the Jetty in the spring, and we hope you all will be inspired to keep writing, keep reading, and keep revising. And be sure to brush up all you can on your grammar and sentence structure, for this was the single most issue that kept people from being winners.

Right now we have two new books to offer.  Incorrigible is a haunting memoir by Patrick Middleton, our Inside Director, whose Healing Our Imprisoned Minds: a people’s guide to hope and freedom is being used in treatment programs around the country. In a different vein, my Cats’ Secret Guide to Living with Humans, a whimsical approach written by my cat, is being enthusiastically received. $14.95 for each, 20% discount to prisoners and their families

I’m in recovery from a serious illness and, once again, things have gotten backed up. Sagewriters Productions, our new media arm (which so far has no funding), has just completed a documentary, “Healing Justice” which features art, music, and interviews with the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated. Please let your people know about this as I want to present it to groups followed by a discussion of the issues. (Free to prisoners families; $14.95 to others) The second documentary, “Soothing and Nurturing the Human Spirits on Both Sides of the Walls” was taped at a workshop I did at the AFSC’s STOP MAX conference in May. In it, I teach healing techniques to families so they can do healing work when they visit loved ones in prison. And finally, working with PAR, People Against Recidivism, an inmate support/training group at Graterford and the Ray of Hope project,  I’ll be doing a documentary about this exciting partnership. Raymond Gant, who did 12 years, has rehabilitated 70 low-income houses in Philadelphia using the skills of the formerly incarcerated.  Stay tuned…

Be in Beauty and KEEP WRITING!!!!

Judith Trustone

Sagewriters   Box 215  Swarthmore, PA 19081  610-328-6101

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