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A gritty, unflinching and deeply moving collection of stories by a debut writer currently serving a life sentence in Michigan's prison system. His stories form a vivid portrait of prison life, painted from behind bars
Curtis Dawkins grew up in rural Illinois and earned an MFA in fiction writing at Western Michigan University. He has struggled with alcohol and substance abuse through most of his life and, during a botched robbery, killed a man on Halloween 2004. Since late 2005, he's been serving a life sentence, with no possibility of parole, in various prisons throughout Michigan. He has three children with his partner, Kim, who is a writing professor living in Portland, Oregon.