You NEED to know about this graphic novel LARCENY IN MY BLOOD from literary man Matthew Parker. Full write-up available at the Good Men Project.
At 51 years old, his arms covered in blurry prison tattoos, Parker cut an odd figure in the tastefully decrepit classrooms of Columbia’s Dodge Hall, homebase for the graduate MFA program. We were both in the nonfiction program—a kind of liminal space between the poets, fiction writers, and journalism students. I was writing about my own history of familial violence: murder, drug-use, suicide. But it was not until I was among the Ivy league that I met Matthew Parker, my first real convict.