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Why Do You Read Mad Poet Enchained?

March 2, 2017

As most of you know, I am in prison and have been for the last nine years. I have no Internet access and probably never will. I am hoping to be able to use a computer to some extent in the future, which will be a little easier than my typewriter, since it will allow me to save, more easily make changes, and print multiple copies.

As I said, I have no Internet access, but I do have a loving Grandma who expends much time and energy to keep me connected. She types everything I write into her computer, posts some items to the Internet, submits others to publishers, and manages my social media to keep me in touch with you, my readers.

For several years, I’ve written strictly what I’ve wanted to write and what, I guessed, others might want to iuhear. Today I’m asking you, reader: when you arrive at Mad Poet Enchained, what are you looking forward to reading? Is it technical pieces (how-to) on writing, or mental-health-related subjects and how mine may or may not affect my art, or do you have questions about prison? Do you want to know about corruption and positive programs, the “underground market” on the yard?

As much as I look forward to writing for you, I look forward to hearing from you. Your feedback, critiques, suggestions, and comments are always welcome, even if you did not like, understand, or enjoy what you read in some particular piece. I want all my readers to feel free, welcome, and comfortable to express themselves. So far, no one has been downright cruel or mean, and I would hope that continues to be true.

Leave your comments, suggestions, and questions as a response to this post. I will reply and keep your interests in consideration when I write. Who knows, the next post may be on a subject you suggested.


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  1. Margie permalink

    Well thought out piece, Sean. Last time we talked you were discussing a program called “Changing Core Beliefs.” I think that would be a good subject for a bLog post.


  2. Liz Kester permalink

    Sean, you are a wonderful, expressive writer! I’d like to know when and if you are eligible for parole. Are you preparing yourself for eventually a career in writing or journalism? Are you able to take college classes? You are obviously a highly intelligent young man and it is painful to think of you not being free to live a fuller and more meaningful life andcontribute to society now.


    • I’m eligible for parole on January 5, 2032. With new laws going into effect, maybe sooner. I am definitely trying to make writing a career. I’d at least like to publish several books and be successful, even if I still have to work another job later on. This summer, I’ll be taking an “English 101 writing composition” course from Feather River College. Then I’ll probably transfer my credits to Coastline College and begin working on a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Later I might try for a second degree in Liberal Arts. I like to write, read, and learn–not a big fan of math though.


  3. Laura Broyles permalink

    I have wondered if you have access to education, such as community college classes. Have you thought about self publishing a memoir on amazon? Also, do you have access to clergy if you wish that and also legal services? I remember reading something you wrote long ago about the jail workers who were not kind. Also, is all the stuff you write looked at by jail employees before you are allowed to send it out to your Grandmother? If you complained, i wonder if you would be retaliated against? Does what I write get sent to her first or to you? not sure how this works. I think some people may be hestitant to writevto youbif they think their facebook account would he monitored by prison people!


    • Grandma permalink

      Partial reply from Sean’s Grandma: No one’s Facebook account will be monitored by prison people. As Sean said, he does not have Internet access. All incoming and outgoing mail is supposedly read by guards, but to read every word and then follow-up by going to a FB page would require more guards then the prison can afford to employ. I suspect for a new prisoner mail might be monitored more closely than for someone who has been in a while. As much mail as Sean and I send back and forth–he writes books–I suspect someone would have to spend all their time just reading his mail. I’ll let Sean answer your other questions.


  4. I am involved in Education. I’ve written my autobiography, “Lost Child, Broken Man.” I’ve only sent it out to two agents, both of whom declined, but that’s the route I’m trying to go as of now. I am trying to publish more short stories individually and compile a collection. The jail staff scan the mail briefly for contraband and any criminal activity, but usually they pay pay attention those they are suspicious of. Your Facebook, etc. can not be accessed and/or monitored by the guards. When you write me here, Grandma prints it and send it to me. My Grandma was telling the truth she she said e send lots of mail back and forth. Also there are close to a thousand people on each of the four yards at this prison.


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