Disconnected/Reconnected: Writing from Lancaster Prison (Brick of Gold Press)

Man, I Wish We Would Have Known: Letters from Calipatria State Prison (Brick of Gold Press)

​​"When I first visited California State Prison, Lancaster what I saw there were not prisoners, but cages filled of hundreds of lights —lights of knowledge, wisdom, compassion, love, insight and remorse.
​It was as if hundreds of candles had been locked in a distant closet, or that the stars had been hidden behind the blanket of the desert night, denying us the light that they had to shine upon the world." --Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy

Words Uncaged is a creative platform, created by the men of A-Yard California State Prison, Lancaster, and CalState LA professor Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. Its purpose is for incarcerated artists, writers, students and poets to dialogue and critically engage with you. We invite you to experience our voices--uncaged from the prison walls. We invite you to rethink who incarcerated men are. We invite you to explore our common humanity together. We invite you to imagine alternatives to our current system of mass incarceration in the United States.

Tonight's event will feature readings by Words Uncaged authors Tobias Tubbs, George Sanchez, and Johana Diaz, hosted by Jose Cubias.

Jose Cubias, an English graduate student at Cal State Los Angeles, works as a community organizer and editor for Words Uncaged. His areas of study are Children’s Literature and Rhetoric/Composition. He is currently assisting Tobias Tubbs, George Sanchez, and Justin Kirk with their book projects.

Tobias Tubbs is the Chief Ambassador of the Insight Gardening program, Catalyst Program, and Words Uncaged of Lancaster Programming Facility. He also co-authored Human (2017), a book aiming to break the criminal stigma and dehumanization of people incarcerated. After 28 years in prison, Tubbs, sentenced to life in prison without parole, was released October 2018 when Former Governor Jerry Brown commuted his sentence. His work with Words Uncaged continuously tackles prison prevention, re-entry and transitioning by implementing programs and art galleries that engage the philosophy of narrative therapy. Currently, Tubbs is the facilitator of Narrative Therapy Based Reentry Healing and Collaboration Circles that offers a communal space for reentry people to discuss their struggles and successes through Urban Based Narrative Therapy.

George Sanchez, an Angeleno from the Pico Union district, is the author of two books of poetry, Aztec Slave and Words from the Deep Core of my Brown Corazon. Both published during his incarceration. George was incarcerated at the age of twelve and served a juvenile life sentence. Released last November at the age of 18, George is currently working on a new book of poetry, Bumping Slow Oldies with Sad Eyes, and a single man play. His unique story is part of an upcoming documentary directed by Danny Dwyer. George’s poetry is also feature in Words Uncaged’s second journal, Disconnected:Reconnected (2018).

Johana Diaz is a poet who spent most of her teenage life in and out of the juvenile (in)justice system. She was released for the last time in December 2017. She wrote a book of poetry, Break Free (2018), depicting her life experience before, during, and after her incarceration. Johana now focuses on trying to impact other teens with her story in a positive way.

Event date: 
Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Man, I Wish We Would Have Known: Letters from Calipatria State Prison Cover Image
By Unlock Tomorrow (Producer), Words Uncaged (Co-Producer), Nate Fish (Editor)
ISBN: 9780692106129
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Published: Brick of Gold Publishing Company - April 18th, 2018

Disconnected/Reconnected: Writing from Lancaster Prison Cover Image
By Words Uncaged (Producer), Bidhan Chandra Roy (Editor)
ISBN: 9780692131985
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Published: Brick of Gold Publishing Company - June 7th, 2018