Escape Artist: Memoir of a Visionary Artist on Death Row

Escape Artist: Memoir of a Visionary Artist on Death Row

Escape Artist: Memoir of a Visionary Artist on Death Row

Escape Artist: Memoir of a Visionary Artist on Death Row


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An ABA Indies Introduce Top Ten Title for Winter 2018
William A. Noguera has spent thirty-four years at the notorious San Quentin Prison, home to the nation’s largest and deadliest death row. Each day, men plot against you and your life rests on a razor’s edge. In Escape Artist, he describes his personal growth as a man and artist and shares his insights into daily life and the fight to survive in the underworld of prison culture.

After being sentenced to death, he arrived at San Quentin Prison and was thrown into a rat-infested cell—it was there that he discovered the key to his escape: art. Over the next three decades, Noguera rebelled against conventional prison behavior, and instead forged the code he lives by today—accepting responsibility for his actions, and a self-imposed discipline of rehabilitation. In the process, he has explored his capacity to bring focus and clarity to his artistic vision.

Escape Artist exposes the violence, politics and everyday existence within the underbelly of society that is prison life. In an unprecedented narrative, Noguera reveals the emotional and heart-wrenching loss that landed him on death row and the journey he has taken to become an award-winning artist, speaker, and author—a tale of one man’s transformation through tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609807979
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

As an award-winning artist, author and speaker, William A. Noguera has gained international attention and received accolades for his photographic hyper-realistic ink compositions, profound mixed-media paintings, hybridized abstract expressionism and neo-constructivist wall sculptures—exhibiting in Paris, New York and San Francisco. Noguera has been the subject of over 35 articles in such publications as Forbes, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and BOOM! A Journal of California. Besides being an artist and lecturer, Noguera is a former Hapkido Middle-Weight Champion.

Since writing his memoir, Noguera has aspired to help others through lectures at MBA programs and as a radio guest speaker, concentrating on prevention and intervention. Noguera’s inspiration is simple: pay his debt to society by creating art for charitable causes and encouraging others, and writing and speaking about what it takes to make progressive self-change and the continuous effort that is required for someone to have a positive influence on others. Noguera’s talks share an eye-opening, thought-provoking narrative on the realities of wrongdoing, prison life, ethical responsibility, prison gangs, their culture, the ramifications of destructive behavior, and the rewards of constructive rehabilitation.

Table of Contents

Disclaimer 9

Acknowledgments 11

Forword Walter Pavlo, Jr 13

Preface 17

The Sentence 19

Chapter 1 Orange County Jail to San Quentin Death Row, 1988 21

Chapter 2 San Quentin Death Row, 1988 39

Chapter 3 San Quentin Death Row, 1988 45

Chapter 4 Orange County Jail, 1984 61

Chapter 5 San Quentin Death Row, 1988 71

Chapter 6 Childhood, 1970-1975 77

Chapter 7 San Quentin Death Row, 1988 89

Chapter 8 Orange County Jail, 1984 95

Chapter 9 Childhood, 1975-1976 101

Chapter 10 San Quentin Death Row, 1988 111

Chapter 11 Orange County Jail, 1985 123

Chapter 12 Childhood, 1975-1976 133

Chapter 13 San Quentin Death Row, 1988 139

Chapter 14 Orange County Jail, 1985 151

Chapter 15 Childhood, 1976 161

Chapter 16 San Quentin Death Row, 1988 167

Chapter 17 Orange County Jail, 1985-1986 175

Chapter 18 Adolescence, 1977-1978 181

Chapter 19 San Quentin Death Row, 1988 199

Chapter 20 Orange County Jail, 1986 209

Chapter 21 Adolescence, 1978-1979 219

Chapter 22 San Quentin Death Row, 1989 235

Chapter 23 Orange County Jail,1986 241

Chapter 24 Adolescence, 1979-1980 255

Chapter 25 San Quentin Death Row, 1992-1993 263

Chapter 26 Orange County Jail, 1986 267

Chapter 27 Adolescence, 1980-1981 279

Chapter 28 San Quentin Death Row, 1993-1994 299

Chapter 29 Orange County Jail, 1986-1987 305

Chapter 30 Adolescence, 1981 309

Chapter 31 San Quentin Death Row, 1994 321

Chapter 32 Orange County Jail, 1987 333

Chapter 33 Adolescence, 1981 337

Chapter 34 San Quentin Death Row, 1997-2000 339

Chapter 35 Orange County Jail, 1987 345

Chapter 36 Adolescence, 1981-1982 355

Chapter 37 San Quentin Death Row, 2000-2004 363

Chapter 38 Orange County Jail, 1987 375

Chapter 39 Adolescence, 1982 377

Chapter 40 San Quentin Death Row, 2004-2007 391

Chapter 41 Adolescence, 1982 401

Chapter 42 San Quentin Death Row, 2008-2010 415

Chapter 43 Adolescence, 1982-1983 425

Chapter 44 Adolescence, 1983 429

Epilogue 441

Addendum 443

Glossary 445

About The Author 448

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