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Grove Press, 1998 - Performing Arts - 279 pages
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Set in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City and in the infamous Washington, D.C., city jail, Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, a talented young poet and rapper who is busted on petty drug charges and sucked into the black hole of the criminal justice system. In jail, Ray meets Lauren, a volunteer teaching a writing class for the prisoners. She encourages Ray to use his gift to give voice to the anguish of a generation of young men who have been thrown away. And this book is more than just a screenplay. It also contains the poetry featured in the film, as well as behind-the-scenes filmmakers' and actors' diaries telling the story of the making of Slam in a two-week guerilla shoot inside the walls of the D.C. jail and on the killing streets of the Anacostia housing projects in southeast Washington, D.C.

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About the author (1998)

Kim Wozencraft is the author of the internationally bestselling novel, "Rush," which was made into a feature film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh. She was executive editor at "Prison Life" magazine, has written for HBO Films, and has had her work appear in "The Best American Essays," "Texas Monthly," "New York Newsday," the "Los Angeles Times," and numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University and lives in New York with her husband and their three children.

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