Kenneth "Thunder" Nowlin - Expressing Thoughts and Feelings through Art & Poetry from San Quentin death row
Kenneth "Thunder" Nowlin has been incarcerated on death row San Quentin since 2001 and is currently in the Infirmary where he has been experimenting with writing poetry on top of brightly painted coloured backgrounds. He also incorporates outlines of his hands and his finger prints. Thunder tells of how he "grew up in the system". Before being sentenced to death, he was incarcerated for six years in the CYA (Youth Prison). He was sentenced to death whilst serving time in prison for robbery. By his own self admission he used to be a racist, but he renounced his racist ways in 2011, and he completely cut ties with the gang he had been a part of. He shifted his focus to family and inner peace. Thunder now expresses himself through his writing and art and combines the two to create colourful emotional collages of his feelings. Raw and hard hitting you can read some of them below. The first poem "Suicide" was inspired by Jay Cole the Rapper, who stopped outside Thunder's cell and challenged him to write a rap and to step out of his comfort zone. Jay and Thunder spoke for about ten minutes whilst he was on a tour of the prison.
Artist, Mudlark & passionate about helping prisoners on death row to share their artwork and creative writing