Spoon Jackson Realness Network


In 1985 'Spoon' began a four-year poetry course at San Quentin State Prison led by writer and teacher Judith Tannenbaum who saw his talent and also became a friend and mentor. Prisoners, staff, and poets from the outside began calling Spoon by the name 'Poet.' He has won four awards from PEN American Center Prison Writing Program. He played Pozzo in the 1988 production of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot directed by Jan Jönsson which brought him international attention. In 2003, Michel Wenzer produced a documentary in Sweden entitled Three Poems by Spoon Jackson. The film included recordings of Spoon reciting his poems, taped from telephone calls.

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