PEN America Works of Justice

8 EpisodesProduced by PEN AmericaWebsite

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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Best of Breakout

July 27th, 2019


This September, in commemoration of the Attica Riots, PEN America and The Poetry Project launch BREAK OUT: a movement to (re)integrate incarcerated writers into literary community. Throughout the month, over two dozen …

Celebrating Eddie Bunker Panel Feat. Danny Trejo

May 28th, 2019


Edward Heward Bunker (December 31, 1933 – July 19, 2005) was an American author of crime fiction, a screenwriter, and an actor. Bunker wrote numerous …

A Question Of Justice

May 10th, 2019


Many Americans agree that our criminal justice system needs thorough reform—but how can public sentiment lead to effective systemic changes?


May 7th, 2019


What risks do incarcerated writers face when their words travel beyond prison walls? And how do audiences of their work read, honor, and bear witness without assuming voyeuristic or exploitative perspectives? The PEN …

Publishing Power

April 3rd, 2019


This evening of conversations with writers, editors and publishers confronts the challenges and ethics of publishing incarcerated writers, and reimagining the boundaries of what is possible.

In addressing the impact of …

The Long Term

March 27th, 2019


Hosted by Mariame Kaba, activist, organizer, and founder of Project NIA (which advocates the end of youth incarceration), editors and curators of The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences Working Toward Freedom (Haymarket …

Open Doors Reality Poets

March 11th, 2019


Open Doors Reality Poets launches their anthology Wheeling & Healing, edited by the Reality Poets. The Reality Poets invited residents of their …

Kyle Swenson

February 26th, 2019


Award-winning journalist Kyle Swenson joins us to discuss Good Kids, Bad City, his first book about the true story of the longest wrongful …

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