Craig Ross

A former member of the Crips gang from Los Angeles, Craig Ross is now prominent in the criminal justice reform movement. For 37 years he has been on Death Row at San Quentin State Prison in California. 

Together with Steve Champion, Ross co-authored The Architect, a radical social treatise about African American gangs in the 21st century - not just a blueprint for self-transformation and the reconstruction of gang culture, but a unique step-by-step guide that shows gang members themselves how to do it. Ross and Champion’s analysis builds upon – and expands – the work that Crips gang co-founder and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Stanley “Tookie” Williams, was committed to before his death. The Architect seeks to change the narrative about gang members by providing them with an independent and self-sustaining plan of action and empowerment.

Published by Palewell Press in the UK, The Architect launches in the States in September 2019. For more information or a Press Release, in the UK contact Camilla Reeve; and in the USA contact Mark Davis.

Previous publications:
Ross was awarded the Pen Prison Writing Award for best short fiction for his short story, "Walker’s Requiem" and his memorial prose poem for Stanley “Tookie” Williams, "The Words Would Not Come," has appeared in various publications. Co-authored publications by Ross and Champion include "The Sacred Eye of the Falcon" and three pamphlets, "Walking It Like You Talk It," "The Ninth Ground" and "Everything You Value You Must Carry Without Hands." Further information

Contact Information

Camilla Reeve, Senior Editor

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