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About Patrick Middleton
University of Pittsburgh's prison scholar Patrick Middleton was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the Southern Maryland town of La Plata. He has been incarcerated in Pennsylvania prisons since 1975. In 1990, Patrick became the first and only prisoner in America to earn all his higher degrees in a classroom setting including a Ph.D. In between his own writing projects, he stays busy mentoring other writers and playing bass guitar. He is married to the artist Marta Bartolozzi.
His debut literary novel EUREKA MAN has just been published by Acer Hill Publishing. He is the author of a self-help book, HEALING OUR IMPRISONED MINDS which is used in various state correctional facilities and INCORRIGIBLE, a highly acclaimed memoir that will soon be re-released by Acer Hill Publishing.
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Titles By Patrick Middleton
But even a lifer needs hope, and Oliver finds his salvation in academics. He tutors in the prison's education center, enrolls in the University of Pittsburgh's prison campus, and joins the boxing team. And, because this is Riverview, he does all this with an improvised ice-pick hidden on his person.
Capable though he is of navigating Riverview's tough environment, Oliver knows he needs help when he draws the attention of vicious sexual predator Fat Daddy Petaway. Oliver finds a defender in Champ, the most feared inmate in the institution, trading marijuana and, of all things, algebra tutoring for protection.
Through his new found love of learning, Oliver builds himself an intellectual escape through college, gaining national recognition as a scholar and teacher. He even finds intimacy in the arms of an instructor, a lovely older woman who understands that Oliver's needs go beyond academic pursuits.
Then, a conflict with a hard-nosed new warden threatens everything for which Oliver has worked so hard. Denied the academic opportunities that have become so meaningful to Oliver's growth, self-discovery and intellectual enlightenment, he stands to lose that most precious of prison commodities, hope.