A prisoner recently sent us this drawing along with this nice note. “I want to thank you and your crew for the books because without you guys l lot of us in here would be lost or dead by now! Because of the books that you send us give us hope and a new view on life and love. So thanks and may God bless you always, amen!”
Dear Lucy Parsons Center:
I would like to thank each and every one at the center for giving me the courage to take and pass my GED in 2009.
I have taken up numerous vocational trades: brick block and stone masonry, automotive technology, horticulture, and I am now working on computer coding. I would have never been able to accomplish these goals in my life without the tools (books) that were donated by your organization. Thank you very much.
<a prisoner from Georgia>
Dear Prison Book Program Staff:
I recently received 2 books from you: (1) “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, and (2) “Mother Teresa’s Lessons of Love & Secrets of Sanctity” by Susan Conroy.
Thank you very, very much. I absolutely love the book, “Mother’s Teresa’s Lessons of Love & Secrets of Sanctity”. Absolutely! I know I’m going to read it again and again. Of all the women who ever lived throughout the history of mankind, I admire Mother Teresa the most.
How can I thank you enough for this precious treasure you gave me? Of course, I’m so grateful for “Lord of the Flies” too. Thank you again and again. And may God’s most abundant blessings shine upon you all.
(a prisoner from Arizona)
I hope and pray that upon receipt of this request that all is well. I extracted your information from the PEN Handbook For Writers In Prison resource booklet.
I am interested in receiving a copy of the National Prisoner Resource List booklet. I am also interested in any books you have to offer, with respect to writing poetry – rhyme, rhythm, meter: short stories – foreshadowing, characters, creativity or English grammar. I am an avid and published writer of poetry and short stories.
I thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. Enclosed is a donation of five stamps, a token of my appreciation. Excuse my penmanship I am currently in the SHU special housing unit and the flimsy flexible plastic pens are quite difficult to write with.
Sheldon, New York