The Way Back is a collection of poems and short essays by Mike Owens, who is currently serving a life sentence without parole at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California. Edited by Bob Stanley, The Way Back tells Mike’s story from troubled youth to thoughtful and articulate adult.
Susan Kelly-Dewitt writes that The Way Back reveals Mike’s “kind and thoughtful spirit, even as they chronicle his life behind bars.” Mike Owens takes a world of hopelessness and finds hope in his writing. His poems describe show both the man he was and the man he has become. This book will resonate for any reader who believes in redemption.