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
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
Works of Justice: The Reality Poets on “Wheeling and Healing”
PEN America Prison & Justice Writing Program intern Lisa Nishimura speaks with the Open Doors' Reality Poets on their forthcoming book, Wheeling & Healing. More
Works of Justice: Kyle Swenson on Justice and Wrongful Incarceration
PEN America Prison and Justice Writing Program intern Lisa Nishimura speaks with investigative journalist Kyle Swenson on his book, Good Kids, Bad City. More