Kevin B. Chen co-authored Prison/Culture (City Lights) and has been involved in the SF Bay Area arts community for close to 20 years as a curator, writer, and visual artist. He has been the Program Director at Intersection for the Arts since 1998. He was Programs Manager at Kala Art Institute, the largest independent printmaking workshop and gallery in North America. He has been exhibition juror numerous times, as well as participating in many arts advisory boards and arts selection panels.
A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet is a memoir of Jimmy Santiago Baca’s life in New Mexico’s Florence State maximum-security prison. Baca was actually illiterate at the age of twenty-one, facing drug charges for five to ten years. Much of his years in the penitentiary were spent in isolation, where he developed his passion for writing poetry and his reading. This book is on Tucson, AZ’s Banned Mexican American Studies Reading List.