Tell Me What You're Reading #19 Gretchen Primack, poet and advocate, and Visiting Days

Tell Me What You're Reading #19 Gretchen Primack, poet and advocate, and Visiting Days

While visiting the Golden Notebook bookstore in Woodstock in the summer of 2018, my daughter Melanie and I met and struck up a conversation with bookseller, author and poet, Gretchen Primack. It turns out that Gretchen is also an educator in a more formal sense. Gretchen has taught and/or administrated with prison education programs (mostly college) in maximum security prisons since 2006.

Gretchen recently released a new book of poems called ”Visiting Days”, which is inspired and informed by her years of first hand experience teaching and administrating in maximum security prisons.  

Visiting Days has been described as a collection of short, keen dramatic monologues, a work of advocacy as well as of poetry. 

Where to find Gretchen

Website

FaceBook 

Instagram 

Twitter 

The Golden Notebook Bookstore, Woodstock, New York

Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison

Visiting Days, by Gretchen Primack 

Reviews Blue Stone Press | Albany Poets | The Michigan Daily 

Other books referred to -

Solitary, by Albert Woodfox

Reviews The Guardian | The Washington Post

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Reviews The New York Times | The Atlantic | The New York Review of Books | London Review of Books | The New Yorker | National Review | Observer

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

Reviews The New York Times | The Guardian | National Review | Slate 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

Reviews The New York Times | New Orleans Review

Books for Prisoners

NYC Books Through Bars is an all-volunteer-run group that sends free, donated books to incarcerated people across the nation.

Greenlight Bookstore is partnering with Books Through Bars on providing books from the Books Through Bars Wishlist to people in incarceration

Books to Prisoners Mailing free books to incarcerated individuals since 1973. 



2020 Book Club

2020 Book Club

Little Free Library @ Marty’s Mercantile on Route 28A in West Shokan, New York

Little Free Library @ Marty’s Mercantile on Route 28A in West Shokan, New York