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Prisons are a breeding ground for thieves, rapists and murderers to congregate and plot ways to become better criminals. This stereotype is glorified by many authors who write about the violent and predatory prison environment while never touching on the emotional and human side of a convict...until now: Jonathan Queen s Don t Blame Me: The Convict Chronicles; a collection of short stories that will take you on a journey behind the walls and barbed wire fences of America s Prison system and into the hearts and minds of its convicts as well as their loved ones. You ll go on a visit with a lifer and the daughter he hasn t seen in 14 years. You ll witness a drive-by shooting through the eyes of a 3-year old; you ll read a letter written by the illiterate hand of a dying man, and find out why a young girl is accused of killing her father. You will watch an innocent man fight for love and freedom and lose both; and you will discover the disturbing ways in which five inmates react when it slips out that one of them has tested positive for HIV. Every so often, a new writer blazes onto the literary scene with an unforgettable debut book that is thrilling and intriguing. Jonathan Z. Queen is such a talent, and his raw, blistering tales of hard-bitten convicts make for the most exciting, authentic collection of short stories I have ever read. -The Urban Book Source
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About the Author Jonathan Queen is the author of' "Don't Blame Me: The Convict Chronicles." He is the gifted playwright and director of "Next: It Could Be Me" "Pill Line," and "Still Steppin'." Mr. Queen is also an actor, poet, and motivational speaker. As co-founder of New Mindz, Inc., Jonathan Queen established the S.A.N.E Initiative (Setting A New Example), which serves to educate individuals and organizations about the power of change and the benefits of effective communications. Jonathan Queen is knowledgeable about change because he has achieved it. He spent his teen-age years as a drug dealer. At the age of 23, he was labeled a career-criminal and sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison. Mr. Queen used prison as an opportunity for change, not only for himself, but for others. As a G.E.D. Tutor/Teacher's Aid, he lifted up hundreds of high school drop-outs, helping many to receive their General Equivalency Diplomas. Additionally, he taught Job Skills, Parenting courses, Creative Writing, Conversational Spanish, Theatre, and Drama classes. Mr. Queen is a certified physical trainer (N.F.P.T), speaks conversational Spanish, and is an expert on hip-hop culture. He was a founding member of the R&B/Rap group Ace Duce and former C.E.O of Down Low Entertainment. He has organized hip-hop summits as well as programs on unity and diversity. He completed a nine month drug education program and subsequently volunteered for the 500-hour Residential Drug-Abuse Program, where he became a Peer Counselor, Sponsor and Board Member on the Education/Tutoring Committee. Jonathan Queen is the new example. He is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations excel through education, drug and alcohol abstinence, communication and self-improvement. Mr. Queen is happily married and lives with his wife and children in Virginia.
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Book Description Asikari Publishing, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0977334708