In an invited two-part series on Publication, Terrence Sampson describes the practices of publishing as constrained by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Terrence has been incarcerated since the age of 12, and currently writes from Ramsey Unit in Rosharon, Texas. He holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and encourages young detainees to use writing as a mode of self-expression. —bM
Process of Publishing in the Texas Prison System
Download Terrence’s text as a single PDF here.
Terrence Sampson was recently awarded third place in a national writing contest for his entry, “Planted in Concrete.” A memoir, Chasing Redemption, was published in 2013. He celebrates his 37th birthday on Saturday. Read his second entry on the IPRH blog here.
Thanks to Joe Coyle, who facilitated communication with Terrence, and made the publication of this work possible. Joe offers writing workshops at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center, and is the coordinator of the Mix IT Up! grant for youth advocacy at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science (GSLIS), the University of Illinois.