Prisoners Literature Project

A kind PLP donation from noted author Ishmael Reed

February 2016  |  Published in Latest News

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Renowned author Ishmael Reed has generously donated copies of his books to the Prisoners Literature Project, for distribution to prisoners across the United States.

The acclaimed novelist, essayist, editor, and poet gave the books — including copies of Writing is Fighting, Airing Dirty Laundry, Another Day at the Front, and New and Collected Poems — to the PLP at his Oakland home.

Over the years, Reed has spoken at American prisons, from San Quentin to Attica. At age 77, the author — recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, and many other awards — continues to write and teach. Thank you, Professor Reed!

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