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Jimmy Santiago Baca is an award-winning American poet and writer of Chicano descent.

While serving a five-year sentence in a maximum security prison, he learned to read and began to turn his life around, eventually emerging as a prolific artist of the spoken and written word.

He is a winner of the prestigious International Award for his memoir, “A Place to Stand,” the story of which is now also a documentary by the same title. read more...

Jimmy Santiago Baca, photographed by Gloria Graham during the video taping of Add-Verse, 2004

a place

to stand

"A film based on the critically acclaimed memoir

of one of America's greatest living poets."

A suite of effective poetry-driven tools for teachers, writers, at-risk students, inmates, and ex-convicts transitioning back into society.

  • Filmed by multiple Emmy winner Chris Schueler

  • Poems Written and Read by Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • Purchase Single Videos or Subscribe Monthly

  • High Definition Video and Audio


  • Presented by Jimmy Santiago Baca & Special Guests

  • Live Streaming Audio & Video

  • Participate in Real-time Q&A Sessions

  • Topics include poetry, culture, education, and more!

FEEDING THE ROOTS of self-expression and freedom

Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca and National Writing Project Fellows Kym Sheehan and Denise VanBriggle have crafted these teaching tools (textbook and curriculum) using poems from Baca’s incarceration as a young man.


  • High-Quality MP3 Streaming & Downloads

  • Poems Written and Read by Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • Purchase Whole Albums or Individual Poems

  • Never-before Released Material

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