Upon this Chessboard of Nights and Days
Voices from Texas Death Row
Criminal Justice - Literary Non-Fiction
6 x 9, 200 pp.
Pub Date: 09/28/2009
  paper
Price:        $10.00

978-1-933896-36-6

Published by Texas Review Press

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Upon this Chessboard of Nights and Days

Voices from Texas Death Row

Edited by Dana Allen, ET AL

In this unique book, prisoners on Texas Death Row share their feelings, hopes, fears, and memories with the reader through a series of nonfiction pieces and original art.
 
Excerpts:
 
"But the thing is, I don't want to get out of prison.  This life is all I've known for thirty years."--Perry Austin
 
"Death Row has one of the best collections of black widows I've ever seen."--Les Bower
 
". . . we will remain faceless and nameless inmates with just a number, lost and forgotten. . . ."--Anibal Canales
 
"But when you pop the top of a Coca-Cola the smell of freedom is released."--Ivan Cantu
 
"So my life on deathrow is a struggle of equanimity, a testament of fortitude, and a story of indomitable will."--Derrick Johnson
 
"The thing is, none of us get a second chance--not really.  Time passes us by and we have to live with the consequences of our actions, or in my case die for them."--Anthony Shore
 
"One can be physically incarcerated, but free in his mind, his thoughts, actions, and how he chooses to look at life's journey."--Charles Thompson
 
"Most of us became lost souls as children."--Carlos Trevino
 
"Maybe someone will re-evaluate their life based on these few words and make a change for the better before it is too late."--Perry Williams



 

This book was edited by members of Dr. Paul Ruffin's Fall 2008 graduate editing and publishing practicum at Sam Houston State University--Dana Allen, Paula Khalaf, James Ridgway, Haley Stoner, Daniel Stryker, and Cami Whitehead--and by Texas Review Press intern Regina Bouley.

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