Category Archives: Uncategorized

20 Percent Discount Code & Call for Submissions!

Check out the blog for my writing, & get the code for a 20% discount on my first novel in paperback! 🙂

Jan Smitowicz's Author Blog

My publisher, Trebol Press, is offering a 20% discount on their entire paperback catalogue if you order from their WEBSITE and enter the following promo code upon checkout: R6CDGADH. This includes my darkly funny anti-Monsanto revenge thriller Orange Rain–which has been called “A compelling, fast-paced adventure through some of society’s most intriguing subcultures.” Orange Rain was indie publisher Trebol Press’s #1 BESTSELLER for the month of December. Click above to order it for 20% off!

Again: enter discount code R6CDGADH.

ATTENTION WRITERS! Trebol is accepting fiction and nonfiction submissions, in addition to their current call for pieces/articles/papers on a variety of upcoming book projects; this includesVegan (R)evolution and a book on Green Anarchism! Follow the links or visit their website for more information and to make a submission.

Trebol-thumbnail1

View original post

Advertisements

Vegan in Prison?!

Jan Smitowicz's Author Blog

From 2010 through 2012, I served just under two years in Illinois prisons. Aside from a few accidents based on false information, I stayed vegan in County Jail, in Receiving (24-hour lockdown), for my 18 months in the high-minimum-security Jacksonville Correctional Center, and my three months in the medium-security “Disciplinary Prison,” Logan Correctional Center. You may be surprised to find that, overall, it wasn’t at all hard to be vegan, even in Midwestern-U.S. prisons!

Note that I used the caveat overall. Because at the beginning, it was physically outrageous. Dangerous, even. When my mother and I said our tearful goodbyes on the Henry County Jail steps, I was chubbier (on purpose) than I’d been since early puberty. That fine spring day, I weighed 183 pounds.

My two weeks in County Jail were . . . less than nourishing. I ate mostly white bread, peanut butter and jelly, dry…

View original post 1,312 more words

Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org: #JusticeForMikeBrown

Great piece about Michael Brown’s killer.

The Militant Negro™

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!mrmilitantnegroheader2

Screenshot (1463)

A grand jury announcement in the case against Police Officer Darren Wilson is expected any day now — and recent reports seem to indicate that Wilson will not be charged for killing Mike Brown.1 It’s painfully unjust and a direct result of Governor Nixon’s failure to lead. Instead of intervening in prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s mishandling of this case, Governor Nixon has chosen to sit idly by.

Screenshot (1513)

There is still time for Gov. Nixon to do what’s needed to secure justice for Mike Brown. Will you demand a special prosecutor before it’s too late?

Unless Gov. Nixon takes action, Darren Wilson will not be held fully accountable.Prosecutor McCulloch has refused to step aside or provide Mike Brown’s family with a fair and just trial of their son’s killer. But Gov. Nixon has both the responsibility and influence to move McCulloch off the case and restore integrity to Missouri’scriminal…

View original post 3,531 more words

My Recent Radio Interview

This is from my writing website =)

Jan Smitowicz's Author Blog

Great interview with me on Go Vegan Radio with Bob Linden this past Sunday! We discussed a whole range of topics, including veganism (natch), animal rights and liberation, the inherent racism of the American “justice” system, my time in prison, the vile Monsanto corporation, and my debut novel ORANGE RAIN, from which I read a short but powerful excerpt. Available for listening here:

http://www.goveganradio.com/2014/09/10/07-september-2014/

Learn more about ORANGE RAIN here:

View original post

Is There No Room for Rod Coronado in the Animal Rights Movement? The Problem with Veganism as the Moral Baseline

Uncivilized Animals

It is almost difficult to believe that the accomplishments of Rod Coronado can all be attributed to a single person with abilities not too different than our own; in this way he has demonstrated what is possible.  It does not take superhero powers to sink a whaling ship, light a match, or set an animal free from a cage.  It does, of course, take a fair amount of bravery to put one’s beliefs into action but that is well within our abilities.

Rod Coronado has dealt serious body blows to the whaling industry, the fur industry, and the animal experimentation industry.  Animals who seemed destined to spend their lives in locked cages only to meet violent deaths were set free by a stranger who arrived in the night, risked—and ultimately—sacrificed his freedom to give them a chance to be free.  The mind reels at what an animal be must be…

View original post 1,101 more words

Hard Time Vegan: An Ex-Prisoner’s Story

Jan Smitowicz's Author Blog

Image drawn by vegan prisoner Danielle Wolfe in Dickerson Detention Facility (2013) Image drawn by vegan prisoner Danielle Wolfe in Dickerson Detention Facility (2013)

Next month (April 2014) will be my eight-year Veganniversary. From 2010 through 2012, I served just under two years in Illinois prisons. Aside from a few accidents based on false information, I stayed vegan in County Jail, in Receiving (24-hour lockdown), for my 18 months in the high-minimum-security Jacksonville Correctional Center, and my three months in the medium-security “Disciplinary Prison,” Logan Correctional Center. You may be surprised to find that, overall, it wasn’t at all hard to be vegan, even in Midwestern-U.S. prisons!

Note that I used the caveat overall. Because at the beginning, it was physically outrageous. Dangerous, even. When my mother and I said our tearful goodbyes on the Henry County Jail steps, I was chubbier (on purpose) than I’d been since early puberty. That fine spring day, I weighed 183 pounds.

My two…

View original post 1,318 more words