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Season 1 Episode 21 with George Wilkerson

Released Saturday, 25th April 2020
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Alex and Lisa talk to George Wilkerson, an award-winning writer, artist and poet currently incarcerated on North Carolina’s Death Row. In 2018 he won a PEN award for his essay Limp Grey Fur, was a finalist for the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest, and won a Gold Award in the “Capitalizing on Justice” Art Competition. In addition to being editor for Compassion, a newsletter for people on Death Row, his work has appeared in multiple philanthropic platforms and exhibitions, including Hidden Voices, The Upper Room, The Marshall Project, Windows on Death Row, the Corrections Accountability Project, and LifeLines Collective. In 2019 he was a finalist for an Ellie award.

We would like to thank Tessie Castillo for introducing us to George and for making the recording of this podcast episode possible.

Tessie Castillo is an author from Durham, North Carolina. She co-wrote her first book, Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row, with four men on Death Row, whom she met while volunteering in North Carolina’s Central Prison in 2014. As an international journalist, Castillo also writes articles from around the world that explore criminal justice, drug policy, and racial equity. She previously worked as a harm reduction advocate in North Carolina and played a central role in legalizing syringe exchange programs and expanding access to overdose prevention medication in the state.

Find out more about Tessie and George on Tessie’s website www.tessiecastillo.com

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