Works of Justice: Publishing Power
In addressing the impact of mass incarceration, there is an increasing need to center the voices of those directly impacted—not only as experts, but as integrated contributors.
But for writers in Pr*son, access to participation in the literary community is limited by not only stigma and physical restriction, but financial barriers, lack of technology, and censorship. For those who manage to publish against the odds, publicity efforts require creative strategy when book tours are impossible, interviews channel through authority review, advances are siphoned by the state, and context automatically forces categorization by the author's relationship with incarceration or crime, regardless of the work’s content.
Hosted by the PEN America Pr*son & Justice Writing Program, this series of conversations confronts the challenges and ethics of publishing incarcerated writers, and reimagining the boundaries of what is possible.
Poet and editor Randall Horton,
Author Mitchell S. Jackson,
Vice President and Executive Editor of Scribner Kathy Belden,
Senior Editor at Knopf Tim O'Connell,
Editor of The Marshall Project's "Life Inside" Eli Hager,
& Daniel A. Gross, Prisons Editor at the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
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