The American Prison System’s War on Reading in “Protean Magazine”


Critique & Essays

This April, the Iowa Department of Corrections issued a ban on charities, family members, and other outside parties donating books to prisoners. Under the state’s new guidelines, incarcerated people can get books only from a handful of “approved vendors.” Used books are prohibited altogether, and any new reading material is subject to a laundry list of restrictions. Read entire article.

Alex Skopic is a freelance writer from Springville, Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in Anthracite Unite, Current Affairs, and Vastarien: A Literary Journal, among other places. 

Visit Our Book Booth at Wintermarkt

Saturday, December 4, 11:00AM-4:00PM 6008 Kingsbury at Des Peres Aves. (Greg Freeman Park)

Wintermarkt is an annual Skinker-Debaliviere outdoor crafts fair in the spirit of the holiday season. Visit our book booth and purchase a wide variety of books — children’s literature, novels, self-help, hobbies — at five books for a dollar or a donation of your choosing.