Interview: Incarcerated Author Christopher Zoukis

By Randall Radic  Christopher Zoukis / Photo courtesy Christopher Zoukis

His name is Christopher Zoukis.  He is in prison at FCI Petersburg, VA.  Mr. Zoukis is what is called ‘an incarcerated author.’  And to say that he’s prolific is like looking at the Pacific Ocean and remarking, “That’s a lot of water.” 

In 2012, Sunbury Press published his book, Education Behind Bars:  A Win-Win Strategy for Maximum Security.  In 2014, not only is his latest text, the Directory of Federal Prisons, being published by Middle Street Publishing — of which I’m a co-author — but he also recently signed a contract with McFarland & Company for another book, College for Convicts.  And if that’s not enough, he’s a regular contributor to PrisonLawBlog.com, PrisonEducation.com, and Prison Legal News.  

We’re not talking about your prototypical prisoner.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with him and talk about what – in a literary sense – he’s been up to, along with discussing his present and future projects.  As the interview reveals, writing from inside prison is challenging, to say the least.  The phrase “writer’s block” takes on a whole new meaning from the prison perspective.

As you’ll see when you read the interview, to say that Christopher Zoukis is focused is an understatement.  He is passionate, articulate and highly intelligent.  And the energy emanating from him is almost palpable.  Words flow from him easily, cascading like fireworks – a kind of verbal pyrotechnics.

The interview was first published by Blog Critics and picked up by a number of other outlets, including the Seattle Post-IntelligencerClicking here will take you to the interview.