About the Book



April 2010
Trade Paperback · 96 Pages
$19.95 U.S. · $21.95 CAN · £13.99 U.K. · €14.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781931404112
City Lights Foundation Books


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Over two million individuals are behind bars in US prisons, living in isolation from their families and their communities. Prison/Culture investigates the culture of incarceration as an integral part of the American experience through a compilation of stunning and often heartrending artwork by inmates as well as by artists on the outside, such as Sandow Birk and Keith Antar Mason, who address incarceration, criminal profiling, wrongful conviction, prison labor, and the death penalty. The book also includes essays on prisons and prison art by Angela Y. Davis and Mike Davis, and poetry by Amiri Baraka, Ericka Huggins, Luis Rodriguez, Sesshu Foster, and more.

About the Authors

Manager of the Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State University since 2001, Bliss has collaborated on numerous exhibitions, public programs and publications. As an independent curator she has organized solo exhibitions of the works of Daniel Joseph Martinez, Julio Cesar Morales, and Gail Dawson. She holds an MA from San Francisco State University and a BA from Haverford College. Chen has spent over 15 years in the San Francisco arts community as a curator, arts administrator, and visual artist. Since 1998, he has been a Program Director at Intersection for the Arts, one of the country's oldest non-profit arts organizations. A graduate of Columbia University, Chen has been published by Paper Museum Press, Light Work, and Kearny Street Workshop. Dickison is Director of the Poetry Center at SF State University. Poet, essayist, teacher, he co-edits (with David Meltzer) Shuffle Boil, an occasional music magazine, is editor-publisher of the small poetry press Listening Chamber, and teaches writing and literature at SFSU and at California College of the Arts. Disposed, a book of poetry, was published by The Post-Apollo Press (2007).