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Announcing the 2018-2020 Social Justice Institute Cohort

September 5, 2018 Opportunities

The BCRW Social Justice Institute is thrilled to welcome the 2018-2020 cohort, with Artist-in-Residence La Vaughn Belle, Researcher-in-Residence Mariame Kaba,...

Call for submissions from incarcerated writers: Columbia, A Journal of Literature and Art, issue #57

August 15, 2018 Opportunities

Columbia, A Journal of Literature and Art seeks submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from incarcerated writers for inclusion in its next issue.

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Opportunity: Right of Return—A Fellowship For Formerly Incarcerated Artists

December 13, 2018 Opportunities

Right of Return was founded in 2017 as the only fellowship opportunity exclusively for formerly incarcerated artists.

Columbia Faculty Bernard Harcourt on Trump and the Fascist Right

November 30, 2018 In the Press

“We are watching, in real time, a new right discourse come to define the American presidency.”

Nicole Callahan on Liberal Arts, Ethics, and the Justice-in-Education Initiative

November 9, 2018 In the Press

“So much of what really happens in our system is that people are cowed into submission, traumatized and damaged.”

The New York Times Magazine Profiles Progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner

November 2, 2018 In the Press

For The New York Times Magazine, Ben Austen profiles Larry Krasner, the new progressive District Attorney of Philadelphia aiming to make the criminal-justice system more...

Call for Submissions: Prison Literacy Edition of the COABE Journal

November 1, 2018 Opportunities

The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) is planning a special Prison Literacy Edition of the COABE Journal, slated to be published in March 2019.

Rikers, The Harms of Cash Bail, and the NYC Mass Bail Out

October 31, 2018 JIE Updates

Cash bail removes the question of guilt and innocence from detention and replaces it with a question of economic standing: those wealthy enough to pay bail can go free.

PEN America Publishes 2018 Prison Writing Awards Anthology

October 30, 2018 In the Press

PEN America has published their first anthology of prison writing, which collects the winning poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic writing from their yearly Prison...

PEN America’s 2018 Writing For Justice Fellows Announced

October 25, 2018 In the Press

PEN America has just announced the inaugural winners of their Writing for Justice Fellowships.

Inaugural Cohort of June Jordan Fellows Featured in Recent Exhibition

October 16, 2018 In the Press

A recent exhibition at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise featured the work of the inaugural cohort of the June Jordan Fellowship.

Criminal History Question Removed from the Common Application

October 15, 2018 JIE Updates

For many prospective students, a question hidden at the very end of the application, deep in the writing section, can render all the other ticked boxes meaningless: “Have...