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T. Michael Colbert
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T. Michael Colbert is a Washington, D.C. native, raised in suburban Columbia, Maryland. After high school graduation in 1980, he served in the U.S. Army domestically and abroad.

An addiction to drugs lead to the honorably discharged veteran’s incarceration. While incarcerated, Colbert developed a passion for writing and has contributed to Port of Harlem since the May - October 2000 issue. In Port of Harlem, Colbert focuses on prison issues and provides an eyewitness look at life behind bars. In 2005, he studied journalism at Taylor University via a correspondence course.

His stage play, Skin Deep, won the 2002 WMAR-TV- Baltimore and Arena Players Drama Competition. In 2006, the Baltimore Screenplay Competition awarded him honorable mention for his screenplay, Paranoid.

Colbert is also a member of the Jessup Correctional Institute Incarcerated Veterans Group, which helps organize the prison's annual Walk-A-Thon fundraiser, has published an anthology of writings by veterans and works with the Veterans Against Drugs and Violence program.

Media Appearances 

Port Of Harlem

November 2011 - April 2012 Print Issue

Governor O’Malley and the Lifers Parole Bill

June 28 - July 11, 2012

Going Home for Good

January 24 - February 06, 2012
Jail for Life: My Secret Thoughts

May 16 - May 29, 2013
The Forgotten Shades of Gun Violence

September 19 - October 02, 2013
Maryland Ends Death Penalty October First

January 23 - February 05, 2014
Felon to Family Man

October 30 - November 12, 2014
The House of Rubble (Jail Falls)

May 28 - June 10, 2015
Millennials: Prison, Race, and Church

January 07 - January 20, 2016
Criminal Justice System Reform: Thoughts from a Prisoner

May 12 - May 25, 2016
Kissing Free Zone

June 08 - June 21, 2017
In Prison, With Dad

August 30 – September 12, 2018
An Obama Legacy: Second Chance Pell Grant

May 9 – May 22, 2019
When is Enough, Enough?

November 19 – December 02, 2020
Hope Deferred Doesn’t Make the Heart Well

Other Publications

October 24, 2014
Southern Maryland Newspapers

(A lot on their (license) plates) They Really are Made by Inmates)


July 19, 2022
Epic City Radio's Carolivia Herron with Tyrone Colbert

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