A two-person memoir that explores education, prison, possibility, and which children our world nurtures and which it shuns. At the book's core are two stories that speak up for human imagination, spirit, and the power of art.
The film is a poignant, multi-layered portrait of the life and landscape of the Mojave Desert, structured in a loose way like a skeletal blues lost in time. Poet/inmate Stanley "Spoon" Jackson reads excerpts from his autobiography By Heart, while images of a world suspended drenched in pure American mythology are intercut.
Spoon is a producer for Uncuffed, KALW’s new series created by men at Solano State Prison. Uncuffed is a show made by people behind bars in California prisons. It shares intimate stories of struggles and triumphs, and of the heartache and forgiveness taking place within prison walls. Uncuffed is vulnerable and personal. If you can see the humanity here, you can see the humanity in everyone.
Long Time Gone // Prison Music Project
In 2010, folk-singer and songwriter Zoe Boekbinder (they/them) visited New Folsom Prison for the first time. What they thought would be one interesting day turned into a decade-long collaborative project. Boekbinder visited the prison often over the next five years; performing and teaching music workshops quickly turned into the beginnings of collaborations with writers and musicians who were incarcerated within New Folsom's walls. Boekbinder collaborated on the first of these songs with Alex Batriz, and following that, was approached by many more writers about collaborations. This was the seed for the Prison Music Project and the culminating album, Long Time Gone, produced by Ani DiFranco. Out now on Righteous Babe Records, the album features work by nine incarcerated (and formerly incarcerated) writers.