About Sherrin Fitzer

Sherrin Fitzer works at a large women’s prison in the Midwest (a place she never would have expected to be, yet it is exactly where she is supposed to be). She has been involved in teaching incarcerated prisoners since 1991. In addition to helping incarcerated women with their children, she facilitates a theatre troupe and meditation classes. She believes in the importance of the arts in prisons and tries to implement this as much as possible. Sophia—seen in the picture—is often her editor and generally a quite harsh one.

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November 2015

Turn Black Friday Into Buy Nothing Day.

By | 2016-10-14T07:49:35+00:00 November 25th, 2015|blog, Environment, Family & Parenting, Featured|

  By Sherrin Fitzer The Presidential election in 2012 brought 129,235 Americans to the polls. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and biggest shopping day of the year, saw 95.5 million people hit the stores that same year. Traditionally stores would open in the wee hours of the morning on Fridays and, many people would [...]

September 2015

Working in a Prison: Right Livelihood or Quilt of Lies?

By | 2016-10-14T07:50:15+00:00 September 6th, 2015|blog, Buddhism, Empower Me, Featured|

    By Sherrin Fitzer The following dialogue is from the episode "Empathy is a Boner Killer" from Season 3 of Orange is the New Black. Berdie Rogers a new and well meaning counselor calls inmate Alex Vause to  her office and the following conversation ensues: Berdie Rogers: Hey, I'm teaching a drama class later. You coming? [...]

July 2015

Do Criminals Deserve Compassion Too?

By | 2016-10-14T07:50:48+00:00 July 12th, 2015|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

   By Sherrin Fitzer  Would you have compassion for an elderly woman who is getting out of prison and has nowhere to live? She’s had hip replacement surgery and walks with a walker. Because she is “maxing out”---which means she did her parole time in prison---the prison has no responsibility to find her a place [...]

June 2015

May 2015

The Mystical Backpacker: How To Discover Your Destiny in the Modern World by Hannah Papp {Interview}

By | 2016-10-14T07:51:21+00:00 May 22nd, 2015|Arts, blog, Featured, Interfaith, Wellness|

  By Sherrin Fitzer One of our editors and writers from The Tattooed Buddha team sat down with Hannah Papp, author of The Mystical Backpacker, for an interview to find out more about what a mystical backpacker actually is and how she became one. When Hannah Papp was 26 years old she left college and backpacked throughout [...]