Interview with Jim Kuhn


Jim Kuhn is a Librarian and Archivist who is member of the Friends Meeting of Austin, which is a Texas-Based Quaker Community that engages in social justice advocacy against the death penalty. 


In his interview with TAVP, Jim discusses his friendship with Terence Andrus, who took his life while on Death Row at the Allan B. Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas. Terence, who was 34 at the time of his death in 2023, left behind a robust creative and intellectual legacy witnessed through his visual artwork, writing, correspondence, and political commentary. 


Throughout the conversation, Jim talks about witnessing the inadequate mental health care system and the inhumane physical conditions in Texas prisons, and how intersectional spirituality and artistic co-creation helped him and Terence foster a bond despite these deplorable conditions. 


Jim’s interview highlights the continued importance of advocating for people on the inside while offering insight into how we can contend with our own complicated grief when the friends we advocate for are no longer with us. 


Links related to or mentioned in this interview: 


Advice for corresponding with people who are incarcerated


“The Black Rose” musical piece 


Sojourner Truth, "I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance"


Terence Andrus Website