Reflections Seeking Submissions for Special Issue on Prison 5/30/03

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The journal "Reflections" invites submissions to a Winter 2004 Special Issue on Prison Literacies, Narratives, and Community Connections. Reflections is a journal of writing, service-learning and community literacy, providing 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.

The special issue, which is guest edited by Tobi Jacobi and Patricia E. O'Connor, will consider articles addressing the topics of 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; and life-stories/creative non-fiction about and by students, inmates, and prison workers.

Reflections is especially interested in representing the often silenced voices of incarcerated women and men, correctional officers and administrators, and their friends and families. Writing can take the form of a short essay, a letter, a poem, or a story; collaborative papers and experimentations with form are encouraged. Writings may be as short as a poem but should be no longer than 20 double-spaced pages.

Reflections is also seeking short reviews of recent books and films about prison life and the justice system. A book review might include a brief summary of the contents and a longer section that links the text to your experience or knowledge of prison life. Contact the editor, Barbara Roswell, if you are interested in receiving a book to review, and she will arrange for it to be sent to you. Be sure to indicate the title of the book.

Manuscripts should run no more than 5,000 words and should follow MLA guidelines. Send inquiries to Barbara Roswell at [email protected], Patricia O'Connor at [email protected], or Tobi Jacobi at [email protected] by July 15. Send electronic submissions to Barbara Roswell at [email protected] by August 1. Detailed submission and other information about Reflections is available at http://www.reflectionsjournal.org online.

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