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The Emotional Confessional to his Father

CAGED has been awarded the following:

- 2012 Reader Views Literary Award for Best Book, Mid-Atlantic
- Silver Medal, 2011 eLit Award for Essay/Creative Nonfiction
- Bronze Medal, IPPY’s 2012 Best Regional Nonfiction, Mid-Atlantic

The Blurbs

“I was inspired…”

- Ken Shamrock, UFC Hall of Famer

“There are writers who have ideas, and there are those who have craft. Conaway is both.”

- Lisa Hickey, CEO of Good Men Media Inc.

“I couldn’t stop reading. Conaway’s writing style is as captivating as his story. He takes you inside the heart, mind and soul of a fighter. He is the voice for all fighters that battle their demons inside the cage.”

- Glen Cordoza, author for Victory Belt Publishing

“Cameron Conaway presents us with a candid story of a never-give-up attitude and an appreciation of life despite all of its seemingly hopeless challenges. His expressionism effectively details his inner strength and endurance in battling his demons through mixed martial arts and the human spirit. The book is heartfelt… it shows us a side of what many consider brutal as a means of achieving purpose and a vehicle for better understanding ourselves.”

- Jim Arvanitis, MMA Pioneer and Black Belt Magazine’s 2009 Instructor of the Year

“Poetical version of Jiu-Jitsu!”

- Saulo Ribeiro, world Jiu-jitsu Champion, Author of Jiu-Jitsu University

“Cameron Conaway’s fierce, fearless memoir offers a clear-eyed look at a brutal childhood, an angry father, and a son’s gathering demons. In the end, though, the author carves his way forward through an unlikely combination of mixed martial arts, poetry, and human connection. Brutal and relentless, this book never fails to surprise, and along the way Conaway gives voice and hope to all young men who must learn to grow up and out of their fathers’ footsteps or risk falling into the same hole.”

- Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire

“…this suspenseful, inspiring memoir is partly a guide to health and nutrition and partly encouragement for all who might find solace in literature for the challenges that life presents.”

- Clifford Garstang, author of In An Uncharted Country

“I stayed up until well past 2AM to read Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet. I couldn’t put it down, couldn’t turn away, flitted from page to page to soak it all in.”

- Yael Grauer, freelance writer covering health and MMA

“His exquisitely written story is the work of a bard with blood on his hands.”

- Arthur Rosenfeld, contributor at The Huffington Post, author of The Crocodile and the Crane

“Conaway writes like a poet, like a strong man, like a scholar, like a confused and hurt child. How he melded all of these voice aspects into Caged is truly remarkable. It’s unusual for me to stop reading a book just so I can linger on a passage, yet I found myself doing that several times with Conaway’s book — not just because there’s a certain eloquence to the way he writes, but because so many truths just hit home.”

- Jane Devin, author of Elephant Girl

“Like Hemingway, Conaway’s descriptions of fighting benefit from his poetic and pugilistic discipline: taut, sharp, rhythmic. They are also honest…Caged is an intelligent, brave, intimate memoir, one that rebuts many falsehoods about writers and fighters, minds and bodies. Nietzsche’s motto is alive and well in Conaway’s hands (and fists): ‘Become what you are.’”

- Damon Young, Australian philosopher, editor of Martial Arts and Philosophy

“As original and gripping a memoir as one is likely to read. An Official James Mason Community Book Club Must Read.”

- Rick Friedman, Founder of The James Mason Community Book Club

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