BleakHouse Publishing is proud to release our annual BleakHouse Review, an online literary magazine that serves as an outlet for original perspectives on the criminal justice system. BleakHouse Publishing devotes itself to the creative voices of the voiceless. You will hear from an array of talented American University students, as well as former inmates and current prisoners.
Blending shades of cynicism and hopeful feeling, these poets and storytellers will show you a side of justice you’ve never seen. Alongside these short pieces are stunning (and often unsettling) photographs that capture in images what the writer captures in words. These works will change your mind about the criminal justice system and what it means to be a criminal; ultimately, they will change your heart.
People are trapped by prison walls. Prisoners and others are constrained by personal limitations they build for themselves. The goal of the BleakHouse Review is not to make excuses for terrible crimes, but rather to shed a humane light on the very human men, women, and children who feel the brutality of a broken system every day. In this magazine, you will also read “Momma” by Allison Kroboth, a prisoner at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. She adopts the perspective of a child, drawn from her own childhood, remembering in touching clarity the startling arrest of her mother, a caring woman with bad habits.
For many contributing students, this is their first time as published writers. BleakHouse Publishing wants to uplift aspiring artists, propelling them in many instances to their first successes and urging them to use their creative gifts to generate awareness for social justice issues.
BleakHouse Review is edited by Dr. Robert Johnson, a Professor at American University, (literary content) and Carla Mavaddat (art and design). For the 2013 issue, we gratefully acknowledge the assistance and support provided by associate editor Jada Wittow.
A copy of the BleakHouse Review is available online for free on our website for a limited time.