KENNETH'S REAMS LIFE
As a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Kenneth Reams was born to a 15-year-old teen mom in 1974. His childhood in harsh poverty was defined by abuse, neglect, hardship, and later crime. For more than 24 years, Reams has lived on Arkansas’ death row in solitary confinement. Fighting against his execution and seeking for the truth to be heard.
Despite this hardship, Kenneth Reams has managed to become an artist, a poet, a writer, and the founder of the nonprofit organization Who Decides, Inc.
Who Decides, Inc. www.whodecidesinc.org is a national network of activists, volunteers and dedicated people working to educate the general public about the «practice and history» of capital punishment in the United States through various mediums of art.
The ultimate goal at Who Decides, Inc. is to establish a National Museum about Capital Punishment that will be devoted to collecting, studying, exhibiting, interpreting and preserving America’s extensive history on capital punishment.
Reams’ poetry has been published in several publications, he made the 2013 semi-final round of the National Amateur Poetry Competition and was second-place winner of the 2016 Lifeline Poetry Competition. He has spoken widely on the subject of solitary confinement and the death penalty at a number of universities and public forums.
His artistic work has been exhibited in venues in London, California, Texas, Arkansas, Ohio, North Carolina, and New York.
He has donated his art to support numerous organizations around the U.S such as Murder Victim’s Family for Reconciliation, the Heyman Center for The Humanities, and the National Association of Univer-sity Women -- Queens Branch.
Currently. Kenneth Reams is working on a book - Spoken Pen, a collection of prose, short stories, and poems by death row inmates, with on a stage monologue performance:
By Eighteen and on future art exhibits.