Mae Ryan photographs CA facility in which women prisoners live with their children until they’re 7-yrs-old.
All of these photos were taken in prison.
At The Community Prisoner Mother Program in Pomona a select group of low level offenders can live with their young children until the child turns seven years old.
In 2011 and 2012, 233 inmates in California’s prison system gave birth while serving their sentences.
In most cases, the newborns went to live with relatives while the women were in prison, but some women had the opportunity to live with their children behind bars.
Learn more about the last prisoner-baby program in California and how the penal system handles these new mothers on KPCC’s Pregnant In Prison special coverage.
Kris Kuski, Intelligent Redesign (detail), 2013. Mixed media.
Kuski’s work is insane. See more at Colossal.
Andrea Barrett is a splendid writer of what, for lack of any better term, we call literary fiction; Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the extremely popular memoir Eat, Pray, Love, is an energetic scribbler. Barrett writes of science and scientists from profound understanding and passion, exploring how scientific reason and human feeling collide and illuminate one another. Gilbert’s novel is another matter.
The scholar Nina Baym has pointed out how “stories of female frustration are not perceived as commenting on, or containing, the essence of our culture.” Stories of male frustration, on the other hand — especially those “melodramas of beset manhood” in which men struggle with the siren call of comfort and domesticity — jibe more neatly with what we expect serious literature to be. Men’s self-discovery is hunting for big game; women’s self-discovery amounts to tidying up around the house.
This cave man division of labor should sound ridiculous, yet it retains some currency in the literary marketplace — the sliver conferring prestige, that is, rather than sales.
Jennifer Szalai’s answer to the question: "Where Is the Great American Novel by a Woman?" in The New York Times
'Monster Soup, commonly
called Thames Water’, 1828
Alfred Ellis, Minnie Terry (in unknown play), 19th century
I just finished watching the first segment of PBS NewsHour’s poetry series featuring US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey that aired last night. The segment focused on how poetry and language have enhanced the quality of life for dementia patients and others with memory disorders. I gained a new perspective on memory loss when the people afflicted by memory loss didn’t seem to focus on the loss, but instead described themselves as people who live in the present.
Holla UMass alum, Natasha Trethewey!
Trethewey’s also a Hollins alum!
Phantom of Sex Appeal Event, Sheila Legge in Trafalgar Square, 1936, by Claude Cahun
Cahun was really a collaboration of two people, herself and her partner Marcel Moore. From her notebooks:
"When we had cut loose from our world, I said:
I am doing what I would rather be doing more than anything else… with the person I’d rather be doing it with.”