Simone, Susan
Most Recent Book Title
Prison From The Inside Out
Book Description
Prison From the Inside Out is both a book and an act of trust: A black man from New Jersey and a white woman from New York meet in a workshop at a North Carolina prison. They decide they have something to tell the world about incarceration, self-esteem, personal growth, survival, and the power of trust. Together they have created this book.
Author bio
Simone is a documentary photographer and oral historian. Her documentary projects include the exhibition We Are All Housekeepers, a study of labor history on the UNC campus, Fotos del Pueblo, an early look at the emerging Latinx community in North Carolina, Habitat For Humanity: Celebration 2000, and Nepal and Tibet: The People Who Live in Shangri-La, a collaboration with Nepali poet Manjul.
In the 1990's and early 2000's Simone served as the coordinator of the Prison Pen Pal Project for the North Carolina Writer's Network, pairing professional writers with aspiring incarcerated writers. She also taught creative non-fiction in the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women. In 2009, Simone began offering a workshop at the Orange Correctional Center in Hillsborough, NC, incorporating writing, film, art, and spoken word in an eclectic weekly learning circle.
When she is not doing her part to stop mass incarceration, Simone works as a technical writer, editor, and yoga instructor. Her previous written work includes numerous short form fiction and technical publications and the books “The CRC Card Book” (Addison Wesley) and “The Structured Systems Development Manual” (Prentice Hall).

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