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Right to Write Press was formed to promote the growth of emerging writers who are incarcerated in California State prisons.  The Press believes that seeing a writer’s work in print is transformative: identity that has been denied by the prison system is reclaimed.  Celebrating the emergence of a new identity – that of poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, songwriter – Right to Write Press provides guidance and publication opportunities to prisoners who may never have realized before that they are, at heart, writers.


Right to Write Press is mourning the loss of Leila Rae, founding Board member.  Leila was the editor/publisher at Pandemonium Press in Berkeley.  In 1993, she was one of the founding writers and editors of Doorknobs & BodyPaint, a flash fiction ezine.  Recently, she edited Doorknobs & BodyPaint: An Anthology.  She curated the monthly reading series Pandemonium Press Presents at The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland.  Leila has been a guide, a beacon, and a powerful voice for the Press.  She was an incredible and savvy advocate for poetry and publishing – and believer in communities of the imagination.  She is deeply missed.


Our special thanks to Sandow Birk for his permission to use his painting “Salinas Valley State Prison”, Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

Right to Write Press is supported by donations, a small percentage from book sales, and a generous grant from the Fish Arm Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation.