Works of Justice
Works of Justice is an online series that features content connected to the PEN America Prison and Justice Writing Program, reflecting on the relationship between writing and incarceration, and presenting challenging conversations about criminal justice in the United States.
We have featured authors and activists discussing a wide range of justice and prison issues, including wrongful imprisonment, gun violence, long-term sentences, analysis of carceral feminism, publishing incarcerated writers, censorship of incarcerated writers, prison and justice reform, and more.
Works of Justice Blog Posts
Works of Justice: An Interview with Prison Poet Laureate Eduardo “Echo” Martinez
"My responsibility is truth and awareness. I'm not attempting to push the envelope. I’m pushing the Post Office." More
Works of Justice: Author and Advocate Andrea J. Ritchie on State Violence Against Women of Color
In this Works of Justice interview, Giselle Robledo discusses state violence against women of color with Andrea J. Ritchie, author of Invisible No More. More
Works of Justice: An Interview with Writing for Justice Fellow Thomas Bartlett Whitaker
"Within my writings, I am able to take a moral stand against a site and an ideology that I feel to be both overwhelming and inherently broken." More
Works of Justice: An Interview with Writing for Justice Fellow Justin Rovillos Monson
"Writing expanded my world at a time when everything felt so small and suffocating. As embarrassingly cliché as it is to say, writing gave me a breadth of hope." More
Works of Justice: Tim O’Connell on Publishing “Cherry,” Nico Walker’s Acclaimed Debut
In anticipation of the Publishing Power event at Housing Works, we had the pleasure of interviewing Tim O’Connell about his work with author Nico Walker. More
Works of Justice: Sarah Ross on Art-Making and Incarceration
For our Works of Justice series, we interviewed Sarah Ross, an editor of The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Toward Freedom. More