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Ex-convicts -- United States -- Social conditions, Prisoners -- Deinstitutionalization -- United States, Prisoners as authors, Teaching teams


This article traces a performative arc across time and distance, starting in the men's carceral setting in which the co-authors first met in a gender studies course called Writing as Activism; through their continued co-learning (and individual authorship of self) in a campus-based course, Women, Writing, and Memoir; to and through the co-construction of this essay. These co-authors are variously situated relative to the institutions in which they were positioned; embody difference related to race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, religion, age, and national origin; and are co-committed both to creating learning communities in which a socially just pedagogy might be enacted though performance of self, of community, and of care, and to sharing about that experience as if, in the words of José Medina, "from elsewhere."


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