Dear Elsa,: Letters from a Texas Prison by P.W. Covington
Bisexual, Buddhist, and sent to prison...in Texas; Hugo Wayne is trying his best to remain sane amid the insanity. He is convicted of credit card abuse in 2005 by a rural Texas court and is sentenced to prison. We come to know this itinerant political worker, combat Veteran, and meditation practitioner through his letters and other writings. We also learn the harsh realities of life inside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. As Hugo explores the brutality and suffering of prison, he also addresses deep truths about himself and Buddhist practice. His accounts steer clear of cliches, yet remain authentic to his experience. Can Hugo Wayne become a better person in spite of his conditions, or will the State of Texas destroy his hopes of insight and healing?