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About Spoon Jackson

Poet/writer/artist/teacher. In prison since 1977. I had two books published in 2010 “Longer Ago Poems by Spoon Jackson” and “By Heart Poetry, Prison, And Two Lives”, a double memoir by Judith Tannenbaum and me. I've been featured in films, plays, articles, books and music suites. I've found my niche in life despite being in prison for over 35 years. I have found that prisons are created internally and are truly found everywhere. I have also discovered that the secrets to break down prison walls are inside each person and I treasure sharing this realness with people. I keep my light glowing through expressing my inner thoughts, vibes and feelings in my poetry and prose writing. Write to me! Address on the blog: Spoon Jackson Realness Network.


  1. Anja Rydén says:

    Received a mail today from The Other Death Penalty Project saying:
    Dear Friends and Supporters:
    I am so pleased to report that “Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough” was selected as the Anthology Division Gold Medal Winner in the Independent Publisher Awards! Read more about the awards at http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1653.
    We still need your support for our Indiegogo campaign—18 days to go and we’re only 20% of the way there. If you haven’t made a contribution already, now is the time! Please also spread the word to your contacts and ask for their support! Visit the campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-other-death-penalty-project–2/x/266588.
    Thank you so much!
    Ken Hartman

    • Anja Rydén says:

      Professor Michelle Alexander (noted author of “The New Jim Crow”) says this about “Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough”: “This extraordinary collection of essays will electrify you, move you to tears, and force you to reckon with an inconvenient truth: Life without parole is not a defensible, moral alternative to the death penalty. It is the death penalty. By denying those sentenced to die in prison any hope of redemption, we are denying their basic humanity. People of conscience must commit to ensuring that these stories, brilliantly crafted and born of pain, will not be told in vain. The time is long overdue to abolish life without parole in the United States. If you wonder, even in the slightest, whether such sentences might be justified read this book.”

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