Ivan Kilgore was born and raised in Wewoka, Oklahoma. His grandparents were charitable people who taught him the importance of social and economic institutions through the establishment of their own church and business. Today, he spends 23 hours a day locked in a prison cell in Northern California. Having been sentenced to life in prison, he stands as a beacon of inspiration for those determined not to allow circumstance to curtail their ability to make a positive contribution to society. An accomplished author, lecturer, and advocate for human rights, his passion to write is driven by a need to survive, a need to understand and navigate the political, historical, and cultural forces that operate to hold him captive–both physically and mentally.