Poet and political prisoner Marilyn Buck
Freed after 25 years in federal prison
By Thorne Dreyer / The Rag Blog / July 19, 2010
Marilyn Jean Buck, 62, who served 25 years of an 80-year sentence in federal prison for crimes related to her actions in support of the black liberation movement, was released from the federal prison medical center in Carswell, Texas, July 15, 2010. She was paroled to New York City.
Buck, who was considered to be a political prisoner, became a respected and widely published poet while incarcerated.
Last December Buck — who grew up in Austin — was diagnosed with a sarcoma, a rare form of uterine cancer. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy for the cancer in prison, but treatment was eventually suspended after it was determined that her body could tolerate no more chemotherapy.