A Place to Stand

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Western Edge Press, Jun 30, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
A Place to Stand, the wrenching memoir of Jimmy Santiago Baca, details how the written word helped him overcome a life of violence, bigotry, and crime. Now an internationally acclaimed writer and winner of the Pushcart Prize and American Book Award, Baca describes the extreme measures he took to survive on the street and in prison and how poetry became an essential element of his newfound sense of self.

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A testament to how writing and literature can transform lives. Baca's grim memoir of a tragic childhood, some bad (although perhaps understandable) choices during his troubled youth, and his five-year ... Read full review

A PLACE TO STAND: The Making of a Poet

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A mercifully brief memoir of the Pushcart Prize- and American Book Award-winning Hispanic poet's criminal past, and his agonizingly slow discovery of the redemptive power of writing while serving a ... Read full review

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