Katy Ryan

Katy Ryan is Professor of English and an Eberly Family Professor of Outstanding Teaching at West Virginia University. Her research focuses on the history and literature of imprisonment in the United States. In 2004, she founded the Appalachian Prison Book Project, a nonprofit that sends free books to people imprisoned in six states, creates prison book clubs, and provides tuition support for incarcerated college students.





Where the Letters Lead: the Appalachian Prison Book Project

In 1994, Renaldo Hudson was on death row in Illinois. As we became friends, I knew where I stood in relation to the place where the plan was to kill him. I was not interested in starting a book club there or teaching a class. I was not interested in writing an essay on the literature of resistance.