Emancipate NC’s client Phillip Vance Smith II’s poetry book titled “LIFE: Learning Instructions For Everyone…in prison & out” was just released and now available for purchase!

Phillip says he “wrote this book to tell people what it’s like to serve life without parole in America. The only way I can change the systems that affect me is by writing about them. Please spread the word. It may make a difference.” 

Phillip Vance Smith II  is the editor of The Nash News, the longest-running prison periodical in North Carolina, and Compassion, a newsletter for incarcerated individuals. He is also the co-author of The Prison Resources Repurposing Act, and his writing has been published in the North Carolina Law Review, Prison Journalism Project, the Humanist, Walk in Those Shoes, and elsewhere. Phillip has been serving life without parole at Nash Correctional Institution since 2002, where he works as a visitation photographer. 

You can read more of his work on https://katbodrie.com/pvs2/ or contact him at phillipvancesmith2@gmail.com.

Buy Phillip’s book→