Alastair Boone is the editor of Berkeley-based homeless advocacy newspaper, Street Spirit. “This issue feels personal to me. It grapples with issues such as girlhood and giving birth. Hearing about these experiences within prison helped deepen my under- standing of what it means to be incarcerated in America.”
Alissa Greenberg is freelance journalist for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Pacific Standard among others. “It’s been a privilege to help Wall City amplify all prison voices. Even more so for this issue and the voices of incarcerated women who face enormous challenges.”
Sarah Horowitz has been volunteering as Wall City’s design adviser since 2016. “Magazines are a sublime and powerful medium for communication,” she says. “I’m a big fan, and it’s a pleasure to hear and see each individual voice in this issue.”
Molly Kittle’s mission is to connect people to their voice, their purpose, and to each other. She is the creator and host of STORY, a series of events that connect people in creative, authentic and brave ways. She is committed to upholding the crucial role of stories in our lives.
Kate McQueen is a creative nonfiction enthusiast who believes style can enhance texts on any subject. She teaches and writes on literary and journalistic history. “What makes Wall City great is its ability to make space for voices and stories that often go unheard.”
Sara Kruzan is
a Parole Success Advocate at UnCommon Law in Oakland, California. As a formerly incarcerated person, she works in a team preparing people for parole hearings.
Lilliana Paratore is a Staff Attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow at UnCommon Law. She advocates for people before the parole hearings, with a focus on survivors of gender-based violence.
Tina Curiel-Allen is a Xicana/Boricua writer and activist. She is the co-founder of Beyond the Stats, a UC Davis student organization of formerly incarcerated and system impacted students and staff.
Jane Dorotik is currently incarcerated at CIW and is a highly experienced, trained nurse and longtime prisoner rights advocate. She has been doing this work on the inside for almost 20 years.
Elena Mateus is a student at UC Berkeley and a news producer for KALX radio. She aspires to use new forms of storytelling to advance advocacy and facilitate the administration of justice.
Four young women from the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo, California, write about their traumatic past and hope for the future. They give readers a multifaceted look into their world as they navigate their feelings and actions, while going through the juvenile system.