Anthony Papa is an artist, writer, noted advocate against the war on drugs and co-founder of the Mothers of the New York Disappeared. Papa's stinging editorials about the drug war have appeared in news sources across the country. He is a frequent public speaker and college lecturer on his art and criminal justice issues.
Papa is the author of 15 to Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom (2004), a memoir about his experience of being sentenced to state prison for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense under New York's draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws. He has been interviewed by a wide range of national print and broadcast media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, National Public Radio, "Democracy Now," Court TV and "Extra," among others. He has appeared on nationally syndicated talk shows such as "Charles Grodin," "Geraldo Rivera," and "Catherine Crier Live." Papa's art has been exhibited widely from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York to many smaller cultural centers around the country.