Tenacious: a zine of Art & Writings by Women in Prison

Tenacious is a zine filled with articles, essays, poetry and art by formerly and currently incarcerated women across the United States. Their works cover subjects like the health care (or lack of health care) system, being HIV-positive inside prison, trying to get an education while in prison, sexual harassment by prison staff and general prison conditions, and giving up children for adoption 1

The idea for Tenacious originated with several women incarcerated in Oregon in 2003. However, people inside prisons do not have access to printers, copy machines, massive amounts of postage and all the stuff that zinemakers on the outside may take for granted. So they approached me and asked if I would be the outside publisher. How could I say no?

For more history about the project, see
http://www.grassrootsfeminism.net/cms/node/117

Hot off the copying machine! Issue 33 is now available. Contents include:

  • how a Truth in Sentencing law affects one woman in prison
  • reflections on 26 years in prison
  • higher education in one women's prison
  • pregnancy and parenting in a midwestern women's prison
  • sexual abuse and sex offender labels
  • surviving sexual assault behind bars
  • rising above defeat and depression
  • and more!

    You can now order copies of Tenacious on-line! Please remember to include your mailing address and what issue you would like to receive.

    You can also order it the old-fashioned way by sending $3 in well-concealed cash or a check made out to V. Law to:
    PO Box 20388
    New York, NY 10009

    Copies of Issue 32 (Summer/Fall 2014) are still available. It includes:

    • what it means to be sentenced to life in prison
    • dispelling myths about murderers
    • women and abuse
    • living with celiac in prison
    • overcrowding in California's women's prisons
    • pregnancy and birth behind bars in Mississippi
    and more! To get a copy, send $3 in well-concealed cash or a check made out to V. Law to:
    PO Box 20388
    New York, NY 10009

    Copies of Tenacious #31 are still available. This issue includes:artwork by Jenni Gannartwork by Jenni Gann

    • comparisons between women's prisons in Colorado and Kansas
    • how J-Pay makes it harder and more expensive to connect with family
    • "Mabel and Eddie's" or how two women's prisons in Oklahoma compare
    • a story told in Arizona women's prison every summer
    • "A Late Night Ride in the Morning"
    • raising children from behind prison walls
    and more!

    To get a copy, send $3 in well-concealed cash or a check made out to V. Law to:
    PO Box 20388
    New York, NY 10009

    Note: If you are sending this to a person incarcerated in California, please ask them if they are allowed to receive publications with a dragon on the cover.

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    Issues of Tenacious #30 (Winter 2013) are still available.

    This issue includes:

    To get a copy, send $3 in well-concealed cash or a check made out to V. Law to:
    PO Box 20388
    New York, NY 10009

    • 1. Under the 1996 Federal Adoption and Safe Families Act, if a child is in foster care for 15 of the past 22 months, the state automatically terminates the parent’s legal rights. Many women in prison have sentences far exceeding 15 months AND the majority of them were single parents before entering prison.