By Heart

Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives

Spoon Jackson

- Albin Biblom

Spoon Jackson was born in Barstow, California, the heart of the high desert. He began serving a life without possibility of parole sentence at age twenty.

Jackson discovered himself as a writer at San Quentin in the 1980s. He played Pozzo in the prison's 1988 production of Waiting for Godot, which brought him international attention. Since then Jackson has written and published plays, poetry, novels, fairy tales, short stories, essays, and a memoir. His work has won four awards from PEN's Prison Writing Program, and has been featured in films, plays, articles, books, and music suites. Jackson's poems are collected in Longer Ago (2010).

Spoon is currently housed at California State Prison, Sacramento (New Folsom) where he teaches two creative writing classes. Letters can be sent:

Spoon Jackson B-92377
CSP–Sac C8–125
Box 290066
Represa, CA 95671-0066

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