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Tony D. Vick has served almost three decades in prison on a life-with-parole sentence in Tennessee. He was born in 1962 in Clarksville, Tennessee. While in prison, Tony has worked as a tutor, newspaper editor and clerk. He has begun book clubs, writing workshops and seminars, inmate-led elder care programs, and writes about the experience of captivity in hopes to add context to the current prison reform movement. In 2023, his book, Locked In And Locked Out (Tweets and Stories on Prison and the Effects of Confinement) was released by Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock. In 2018, his essays and poems, Secrets from A Prison Cell (A Convict’s Eyewitness Accounts of the Dehumanizing Drama of Life Behind Bars), was published by Cascade Books. He is a writer for Empowerment Avenue and he furnishes tweets for @cellsecrets.