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Time Served by Carlos Contreras

This provocative debut from National Poetry Slam Champion Carlos Contreras is in two parts: one, a monologue-style musing on working in a correction facility told from an insider/outsider perspective; and two, an homage to veterans of other kinds of war who must learn to live inside and outside the prisons of the mind and body.

5½ x 8½ inches • 82 pages • ISBN 978-0-9910742-1-1

“Time Served is poetic proof of Carlos Contreras’ personal and literary commitment to serve as a respectful and honest witness to painful struggles, dark corners, unexpected art, and honest humanity that exist in and outside of correctional facilities; exist in and outside of not-so-perfect, but loving families; and most definitely reside within all human beings.

Shelle Sanchez, Ph.D., State of New Mexico Cultural Affairs

“Time Served is a rich and rigid work cementing Carlos Contreras as a major voice of the American southwest. In these tragic yet lovingly rendered confessions, Contreras examines the physical and emotional prisons forced upon us.

Idris Goodwin, playwright and author of These are the Breaks

Carlos Contreras is a teacher, poet, promoter of the arts and a community organizer. For five years, he has taught incarcerated adults at the Gordon Bernell Charter School in the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Albuquerque. Contreras is a founding and current leading facilitator for the Voces youth writing program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and a co-founder of the “Just Write” program where public and prison writers have the opportunity to share work. He is the author of the chapbooks, A Man In Pieces and The Black Book (Gourmet Book Design). Contreras is a National Poetry Slam Champion and an Albuquerque native.