Andy Chan, PhD
Andy Chan has been volunteering at BTP since 1994. After many years of involvement with progressive organisations with somewhat abstract goals, Andy was motivated by the very practical nature of BTP, and the immediacy of the effect it had on people. After years of answering letters from prisoners and wrapping packages, Andy has had several terms as BTP President, which has entitled him to perks such as using the rubber stamp to put return addresses on envelopes, and unlimited access to the paper cutter.
Anne Paxton is a writer and documentary filmmaker who has been volunteering at BTP since 2003. She was inspired to join BTP by Malcolm X’s essay, “Freedom Through Learning to Read,” and has focused her efforts on community outreach and development of the organization. A 2015 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, she produced and directed the short video on this website, “Books to Prisoners: Supporting Literacy, Opening Minds,” and directs the Social Justice Film Festival, which BTP co-sponsored in 2013.
Kris Fulsaas started volunteering with Books To Prisoners in 1989 when she read that inmates at King County Jail had no books to read and the TV was on 24/7—which sounded like her personal vision of hell. Sending free books to U.S. prisoners is one of the most satisfying projects she has worked on. Kris has helped Books To Prisoners move at least 4 times and is grateful that BTP has found an excellent home at University Christian Church. Kris loves the books aspect of Books To Prisoners—loves picking up large-scale book donations, sorting donated books, shelving books, finding obscure books for prisoner requests.
After gaining an encyclopedic knowledge of the authors of thrillers and publishers of urban novels through her work as the program coordinator at Books to Prisoners, Michelle is thrilled to continue working with such a meaningful organization. She is a master of library and information science (according to the University of Washington), has an open love for dystopian novels, and makes a party trick of the thickness of her glasses.
Kelsey is a woman of small, yet book-box schleppingly capable, stature. She has a degree in fine art and works as a gardener, but yearns to work with wild creatures in some aspect. She started volunteering for BTP in Sept. 2013 because she values social justice, believes in prison abolishment, and because she LOVES books.
Kimberly started working as the program coordinator for BTP in 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies and gets inordinately excited anytime her knowledge of latinx and chican@ literature is required. Kimberly was (and continues to be) a volunteer at BTP’s sponsor, Left Bank Books, where she coincidentally also enjoys recommending Junot Diaz to unsuspecting patrons. She’s thrilled to be able to work with so many brilliant and passionate people, and hopes to continue learning from them.
Joan L Ross
Joan has been volunteering with BTP since 2015. She found her way to the organization through her strong beliefs in the importance of literacy, education, and prison abolition. When not sorting books, shelving books, repairing books, or getting into arguments while tabling at fairs, she can be found doing the same with the Friends of the Library, or hanging out with the local Q-Patrol group. She can also occasionally be found hitting people with swords, or installing questionable robot parts in her body.