Prison Prose

October 24, 2013 | 1 book mentioned

What inspired Wally Lamb’s latest novel, We Are Water? Part of it came from his experience teaching writing at a women’s prison in Connecticut for the past 14 years. He spoke to The Missouri Review about what it’s like to teach “the incarcerated wounded” and how they have influenced his work. “With my fiction, I’ve never been afraid to go to the dark places, but I think the women have made me more daring.”

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.

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