Lyle May

Lyle May

Writing is a way of interpreting and defining the world, and prison, more so than any other place, needs to be understood. At first my ability to write consisted of disjointed letters home that failed to accurately communicate my experiences and feelings. Rather than grow frustrated, I took note of more skilled authors – Viktor Frankl, Malcom Gladwell, Pat Conroy, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin and many others – and mimicked some of their style until I found my voice. They helped me recognize the power of a well told story. High-Rise is a narrative of the helpless horror that is incarceration for me and millions of other people. It is a way of understanding that no matter the circumstances there is always a choice: succumb or fight. I choose to fight every day, using writing as my weapon, and winning the struggle one sentence at a time.

Website: www.beyondsteeldoors.com

Beyond the Wall is recognition of the gulf between prison and the free world, a picture of isolation in the midst of humanity. If there is ever to be understanding and realistic solutions to mass incarceration it will occur through mediums such as J Journal. Communicating these ideas requires practice and dedication to a craft that transcends barriers and creates proximity. This also means reading as much as one writes, especially the classics.

Beyond the Wall is recognition of the gulf between prison and the free world, a picture of isolation in the midst of humanity. If there is ever to be understanding and realistic solutions to mass incarceration it will occur through mediums such as J Journal. Communicating these ideas requires practice and dedication to a craft that transcends barriers and creates proximity. This also means reading as much as one writes, especially the classics.