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.

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Works of Justice Blog Posts

Temperature Check Vol. 10 art with Ebony Underwood and Dunasha Payne

Temperature Check, Vol. 10: Family Through The Walls

Explore the issue of carceral family separation through an award-winning piece of fiction by incarcerated writer Amy Bishop Anderson and Works of Justice Podcast episodes with Ebony Underwood and… More

“Break Out” illustration in background; on top, Kaveh Akbar’s headshot and name

Break Out: An Interview with Kaveh Akbar

A conversation with Kaveh Akbar, who will be performing Terry Hedin’s “El Reno” in our “Break Out” awards celebration, about the privilege and responsibility of performing another person’s work. More

Temperature Check Vol 9 artwork: headshots of Corey “Al-Ameen” Patterson and Lucy Lang side by side

Temperature Check, Vol. Nine: The Election Issue

Manhattan DA Candidate Lucy Lang explores a district attorney’s role during COVID-19, and writer/activist Corey “Al-Ameen” Patterson details the importance of voting behind bars. More

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