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Hal Cobb


In his 16th year of a life sentence, Hal Cobb is a founding member of Shakespeare Behind Bars (kyshakes.org) where he has served as an actor for 15 seasons at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky.

Cobb was inspired to write during a prison/college creative writing class in 2004 with subsequent regional awards including two JCTC Joyce Hancock Creative Writing Awards and publication in the literary journals Here and There and Jefferson Review.

Also an artist, he has work displayed at Prison Art Gallery (prisonfoundation.org) in Washington, D.C. Cobb was awarded an Honorable Mention for drama in the 2005 PEN Prison Writing Awards and in 2010 won First Prize for nonfiction/essay and Honorable Mention for poetry.