A nineteenth century American painter once observed that the purpose of art is not to teach, but to evoke an emotion. I hope the works that I present to the world today evoke emotions and express who I am today. It is liberating to be seen in my authenticity.
I was taken away from my mother by the Department of Human Services at the age of 11, due to an unstable foundation. It never stopped me from loving her.
My mind tended to use my internal turmoil to fuel thoughts of violent aggression.
I had to let go of everything I was taught as a child and believed to be true in order to revise myself.
The passage of time has given me the opportunity to mature and become more knowledgeable, empathetic and compassionate. It has taken many years of self-analysis and reflection for me to be able to reach inside to my very soul and reveal my true self.
Edwin, End of 2022
Change is possible through the proper channels of rehabilitation.
Michael, End of 2022
Instead of spending time in prison feeling forgotten and useless, I introduce HoSQ’s mission to everyone I come into contact with and many light up at hearing that someone wants to read about them.
Earnest, End of 2022
Humans of San Quentin is important because it is an entity created to exhibit what empathy and love looks and feels like.
Henok, End of 2022
In that moment our community members are reminded that they have a rich history prior to prison, and then they share whatever comes from their heart.
She was a good dog. When it was time for her to leave, she must’ve known because she whined when I had to say goodbye and walk away. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried and didn’t look back. I hope she’s okay and she’s happy and has somebody who loves her with a warm, safe place for her to sleep.
Laughter helps me remember the warmth of the sun when the chill of loneliness becomes almost too much to bear.