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|John Paul Minarik
John Paul Minarik was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA in 1947.
A lifer, in for the 1971 murder of his former fiancée, he earned
an additional BA in English and psychology, magna cum laude, from the University
of Pittsburgh. He founded the Academy of Prison Arts, the first and only
prison-initiated organization of its kind, supported by the National Endowment
for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Minarik is the author
of three books of poetry, including Past the Unknown, Remembered Gate.
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