Death Row Inmates – Part 2: The Papyrus Collective

Death Row Inmates – Part 2: The Papyrus Collective

Welcome to the second blog in the Death Row Inmates series. As mentioned in my last blog, and its founder, Michael Flinner, are good friends of the Prison Education Blog. Because I believe in their cause and appreciate all that they have done for prison education, I am posting three blogs for them to introduce their various projects to my readership. This is the second in that series. It is about The Papyrus Collective.

The Papyrus Collective’s information reads as follows:

“Papyrus Collective is an organized body of California Death Row Inmate writers and artists combining our interests, ideas, and talents from various genres of artistic and literary expression to assemble a collective of articles, commentaries, biographies, and other works and projects aimed at communicating informative messages and issues to the public – to the people – to promote social and political awareness and action.

Our new public forum can be found at, a grassroots anti-death penalty social network. The Papyrus Collective forum is the face and voice representing today’s progressive-thinking prisoner. The Papyrus Collective is a platform open to our collective and contributing writers as an outlet to be vocal and visible and provide an available line of communication. Family and friends of death row inmates, members and anti-death penalty advocates, people from academic and legal circles, journalists, and people interested in participating may post comments or questions on several topics and to any contributing writer.

You can also find our short-run periodical (zine) Write or Die series. Look for the first in what will be a series of zines featuring a unique and creative anthology combining art, poetry, short stories, essays, fascinating facts, and experiences shared by our collective contributors. Find out more about our Write or Die project, other upcoming publications, and work of independent authors, and how to get your free copy of Write or Die. For more information, check for the title in the Papyrus Collective forum menu.

This is a new and emerging era of organizing and communicating. Educating and organizing – building alliances with online social networks and community organizations – is part of our agenda. We welcome your support in aiding our efforts from the outside, as well as those of you whose cooperation helps us to realize better and fulfill our vision and potential.”

For more information about the Papyrus Collective, you can visit, email [email protected], or contact the General Coordinator as follows:

Mr. Byron Wilson
P.O. Box P-76622
San Quentin, CA 94964