Call for Submissions: Prison Literacies, Narratives Journal

Posted by on May 30, 2003

Reflections invites submissions to a Winter 2004 Special Issue on Prison Literacies, Narratives, and Community Connections, guest edited by Tobi Jacobi and Patricia E. O’Connor.

Prisons have increasingly become places where subjectivities (race, class, gender, ability) intersect, collide, and shatter. The teaching of literacies?and the writing of narratives–become risky endeavors in environments layered with social, political and economic disparities. We seek papers that narrate, analyze, challenge, resist, and revise these spaces. How can incarcerated learners ‘disturb’ the peace with their stories without perpetuating their ‘deviant’ status? How might linked university-prison courses work to challenge a national obsession with discipline and violence? What can incarceration narratives teach university teachers and their students? How can life and work inside prisons reconnect with communities? How do prison education projects push at the boundaries of community service-learning?

We invite articles addressing issues of service and education in prison communities including:

  • collaborative learning and writing projects with students in university and prison classrooms;
  • reflections on teaching prison or university-prison courses and programs;
  • projects supporting residents? re-entry into society;
  • prison as institution and industry;
  • studies of the discourses of violence and rehabilitation;
  • life-stories/creative non-fiction about and by students, inmates, and prison workers.

    We are especially interested in representing the often silenced voices of incarcerated women and men, correctional officers and administrators, and their friends and families. Collaborative papers and experimentations with form are encouraged.

    Reflections, a journal of writing, service-learning and community literacy, provides a forum for teachers, researchers, students and community partners to share research and discuss the theoretical, political and ethical implications of community-based writing and writing pedagogy. Detailed submission and subscription information is available at

    Manuscripts should run no more than 5,000 words and should follow MLA guidelines. Please send inquiries to Barbara Roswell (, Patricia O’Connor, Georgetown University ( or Tobi Jacobi, Syracuse University ( by July 15, 2003. Send electronic submissions to Barbara Roswell, Editor, by August 1, 2003.

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