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New Prison Books URL

Greetings!

We are having a very hard time getting our domain name released from our current host (Gaia Host), so we have purchased a new url: http://prisonbooks.online/

Please bookmark our new website today! Our current host says he will keep hosting up through Sept 1, 2019, but is giving himself through Oct 1 to process domain transfer requests. So there’s a chance this website will go down on Sept 2, and we won’t be able to transfer it until later. It’s also possible that he’ll never release prisonbooks.info, and will simply shut down, in which case Wild West Domains (the company through which he’s a reseller) will take over our domain and will then be able to release it.

Bottom line: this website may go down for days, weeks, or even months. Or maybe we’ll luck out and we’ll get the transfer codes soon enough that it won’t go down.

But just in case, bookmark: http://prisonbooks.online/

As it gets closer to Sept 1, we will likely be setting up redirects from this site to pages on our new site. So if you click on a page on our site, don’t worry if you end up on the equivalent page on http://prisonbooks.online/!

Here’s a screenshot from our current host’s page:

2019-08-04 Screenshot

Possible website downtime as we switch hosts

We just found out that our current website host company (Gaia Host Collective) is unfortunately shutting down effective August 1, 2019. We are going to start figuring out our options now, but transitions to new hosts typically involve at least a little downtime. So if you visit our website between now (May 5, 2019) and August 1 and it’s down, please check back the next day. If it’s still not back, please send us an email: prisonbooks@gmail.com!! We’ll also try to keep our Facebook page updated, if our website is down: https://www.facebook.com/prisonbookscollective/

Oh and if anyone would like to help us with navigating the transition to a new host, drop us a line (prisonbooks@gmail.com)! Gaia has some suggestions on their page where they provide more details about the decision to shut down.

 

Support Us!

Thanks for your interest in getting reading materials into the hands of people locked in our nation’s prisons and jails. We send free books and zines (small booklets) to people locked up in North Carolina and Alabama, and zines nationwide!

  • DONATE MONEY: Our biggest need is always money! In order to keep sending books and zines into prisons, we need your help! We spend around $500 per month on postage alone!!! And another $50-$60 on printing, supplies and website. Your help is so critical!! Note: We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so all donations are tax deductible. Email us for more information: prisonbooks@gmail.com.
  • VOLUNTEER: Workdays are every Sunday, 1-4 pm at 4312 Etta Rd, Durham, NC. See this post for more details about our new location and directions. And check out our volunteering page for general information about volunteering. (For info on the rare weather or holiday-related closings check out our Facebook page.)
  • DONATE BOOKS: At this time, we are ONLY accepting specific high-demand genres. Check out our book donation page for more details and instructions for donating.



Words of Fire 9 is Out!

Greetings!
We are excited to announce that we finally published the 9th edition of Words of Fire, our semi-regular ‘zine of writings, drawings, and poetry by people in prison!! Words of Fire 9 Cover

It was actually completed in May 2017 and we’ve been sending it into prisons for the past year. We’ve just been slow to post it on our website. It includes some great poems and essays, along with beautiful drawings!! Although many of the submissions are from North Carolina and nearby states, our cover images was drawn by someone from a prison in Oregon!

We are incredibly grateful to all the authors for sharing their work with us. We also owe a huge thank you to the dedicated students from Criminal Justice Awareness and Action at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They spent the 2016-2017 school year typing up, proofreading and then laying out Words of Fire 9. Check CJAA out on Facebook as well.

Check out past issues of Words of Fire, along with a print-ready version of WOF 9 on our projects page.