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
The PEN Ten: Jevon Jackson on Uncompromising Truth and What Makes for Good Narrative
"Good Narratives create a world that we can identify with, populated with people we can relate to, and regardless of the plot or the characters' journey . . .… More
Works of Justice: A Brief Interview with Poet Edward Ji
"Writing is not 'resistance.' This places counts me eight times a day, but does not know I’m here. Like winter, life does not care if you die. It is… More
Works of Justice: An Interview with Punk-Writer Sean Thomas Dunne
"Cathartic release is a byproduct of my desire to say something that matters to you." More
Works of Justice: An Interview with Poet Louise K Waakaa’igan
"It is through and with my writing that I get to be who I am, a multifaceted Anishinaabekwe with a voice and a story to share." More
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: Interview with Poet B. Batchelor
"Just because there is a wall between us and society doesn't mean that we aren't part of the American community" More