Probing. Insightful. Brilliant.
He was physically birthed in a small suburb of northern New Jersey in 1979, but the author Rez Blackman was born October 15, 2011, the day he was released from Southwood Correctional Institution, somewhere deep in the barrens of southern New Jersey. Life experience and self-discovery eventually led him to his current life as a published author of Bailey Publishing.
Rez was raised by a single mother (a devout Jehovah’s Witness) in a religious household along with his two older siblings. In his teenage years, he was ostracized by the religion he was born into, and most of his immediate family followed suit. He was forced to find his own path in life. With some bumps and bruises along the way, he discovered some of the answers that eluded him from his early years. However, one night changed the trajectory of his life. Alcohol and a lack of sleep led to a severe spinal cord injury by way of a car accident; it also led to a brief stay in the New Jersey penal system. Surviving the traumatic car accident as well as surviving the ‘beast’ of the American prison complex, he was given what many in his situation never get, a second chance. He became a voracious reader and seeker of knowledge. Encouraged by his wife, he began his writing career and eventually signed on with Bailey Publishing House.
Rez’s vivid descriptions and literary style are refreshing and will paint a picture for the reader that will allow him or her to personally connect with his words in a rare way. His stories are multi-layered and always engage the reader to examine life through a different perspective. “Serpent Road” is his second work with Bailey along with his book “In the Name of Jehovah: A Quest for Truth over Religion” released in early 2018. Rez currently resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and four children.