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Mark Nowak

Mark Nowak’s books include Shut Up Shut DownCoal Mountain Elementary, and Social Poetics, all from Coffee House Press. A revised and expanded edition of writings from the Attica poetry workshops of Celes Tisdale (1972–74) includes his introduction. A native of Buffalo, Nowak is the founding director of the Worker Writers School.

Mark Nowak Solidarity Poetry Celes Tisdale

When Celes Tisdale led poetry workshops at Attica State Prison, soon after the 1971 uprising, some of the prisoners were still recovering from gunshots. Their writings demonstrates the power of poetry to help oppressed people heal from trauma and organize their political thinking.

Mark Nowak

Vijay Prashad on writing, struggle, and hope in difficult times.

Vijay Prashad Mark Nowak