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Harvard Educational Review seeks writing from incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated youth and adults

February 7, 2012

Call for Writing: Submissions Due March 1, 2012

The Harvard Educational Review is looking for writing from incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated youth and adults to be published in an upcoming book on the school-to-prison pipeline.

The Harvard Educational Review (HER), a scholarly journal that provokes interdisciplinary discussion and debate around vital issues in the field of education, is putting together a book on understanding and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. According to the ACLU, the school-to-prison pipeline is a “disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems,” and disproportionately affects poor youth of color. This book will combine reprinted articles from past issues of HER, together with new pieces by scholars, practitioners, and youth and adults whose lives have been affected by the pipeline.

As part of this project, HER is soliciting short pieces of original writing from youth and adults who are or have been incarcerated. This writing could take the form of a poem, a narrative, a monologue, or other creative structures. Pieces should be no longer than 3 pages, typed.

We are looking in particular for writing on the theme of education, or the intersection of education and incarceration. Questions authors might address include:

From where or whom have you learned the most?

What role has formal schooling played in your life? How has it helped you? Held you back?

What are the similarities and differences between schools and prisons/detention centers?

What kind of teaching and learning goes on inside prisons, jails, or detention centers?

What connections do you see between education and incarceration?

The school-to-prison pipeline has increasingly appeared in the education reform discourse over the past few years, as academics, educators, parents, students, and organizers across the country have responded to this shocking trend. With this book, HER seeks to not only understand the processes, policies, and culture that underlie this phenomenon, but also to highlight the ways that people are currently working to disrupt and dismantle the pipeline.

Email submissions by March 1st to:, subject title: STPP

For any questions, please contact us at or 617-495-3432


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