Letters from the Editor

Jeffrey Hillard


January 2009

In the nine months we have published RED! the breakthrough ‘zine, how has impacted readers? We know the webzine has certainly deeply affected one reader, and we are most grateful to her for letting us know.

I’m going to let you read a letter from former inmate James Dayton, whom our reader wrote after being moved by one of Mr. Dayton’s essays. He wrote me in return. I said, “I don’t actually know who ‘Mary’ is, but I’m glad she wrote you.” The woman left Mr. Dayton no return address, which mattered not. He was touched that his writing helped this mother connect with her incarcerated son in a most miraculous way. Read more.


September 2008

Since April and our launch of RED!, so many outstanding stories revolving around our mission to profile positive stories of transformation in the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals have surfaced. So much positive news has emerged. Read more.


June 2008

RED! the breakthrough ‘zine dedicates issue #2 to the life and work of Edward C. Eckel, a longtime friend and colleague. 

Ed Eckel was a champion of educators, students, and learning in a wide range of capacities.  The beloved husband of Shauna (Sullivan) Eckel, of Willoughby, Ohio, Ed died at the age of 69 on February 29, 2008. He worked for over 42 years in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education after receiving his M.Ed. and B.A. from the University of Cincinnati. Read more.


March 2008

I could not have been more surprised.

I never expected to awaken at 2:00 a.m. in 2005 with a vision.

So, when I tried to go back to sleep, after trying to grasp the essentials of what you’re actually reading here in RED!’s first issue, I simply thanked God for the jolt. I was excited about a something I couldn’t clearly see.

I suspected it had to be an awakening of some degree, because ever since I got an idea of what this webzine might be, I’ve not gone one day without thinking about it, about its potential, or about the stories we’re destined to cover across the world. Read more.



Jeffrey Hillard

Jeffrey Hillard
Editor, RED!