"...an eye-opening chapbook"
"...Thank you, Nancy Miller Gomez, for taking us behind bars, for sharing searing stories relayed beyond guards — Lorenzo, we will never forget you — Thank you also, Gomez, for the essays telling how saving lives saved yours. “Growing Apples” in Cell C is reason for all of us to go on. How do we get this book to every appointed official? How do we get this book to everyone?"
"This very short book is a necessary read... [it is] a beautiful testament to a poet’s journey and the incarcerated hearts that guide her through it."
about "Growing Apples" chosen for reprint in American Life in Poetry: Column 718
"[Growing Apples] gives us a glimpse of innocent delight..."
"...Gomez makes a strong case for the uses of poetry, not just for prisoners but for all of us"