Note: One of the things we hope to do with this blog is to bring more attention to the accomplishments of Razor Wire Women‘s contributors–especially its imprisoned contributors. Co-editor Ashley Lucas will be contacting all of the writers appearing in the book to ask them for special posts and reflections; in addition, I will be writing a series of off-the-cuff bios about each of them. This is the first.
Of all the pieces appearing in Razor Wire Women, none is funnier, more expressive or more vibrant than the Connie Convicta comics of Ana Lucia Gelabert. Tart, sarcastic, and information-rich, Connie Convicta takes part in the best traditions of political and alternative cartooning. You can see quite a bit more of her work here. Her professional bio runs as follows:
Ana Lucia Gelabert is a U.S. citizen of Cuban national origin. Born in 1938 in Central Cuba, she came to the U.S. for the last time in 1961 and has been in a Texas prison since 1984, serving 2 life sentences, concurrent and “non-aggravated” after an incident with Houston police in which only she was injured. TDCJ estimated her parole release date in 1992—yes, that was 16 years ago. Root cause of her offense was the State of Texas trying, and succeeding, to strip her of parental rights to her own 3 children. To this day, Gelabert vows that if it happened all over again today, still she would fight her children regardless of cost of consequences. She tries to answer all mail sent to her to the address below. Also, the comics posted here she does entirely for free and not charging a cent, she does accept, appreciates and very much needs cash donations. Send money order to Inmate Trust Fund, Ana Lucia Gelabert 384484, P.O. Box 60, Huntsville, TX 77349. Thanks.
Ana Lucia Gelabert
Lane Murray Unit TDCJ
1916 N. Hwy. 36 Bypass
Gatesville, TX 76596