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The American Prison Writing Archive
Doran Larson, Hamilton College

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Larson’s American Prison Writing Archive Awarded $262K NEH Grant (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Holly Foster
Publication: Hamilton College Website
Date: 3/29/2017
Abstract: New Release on Host (Hamilton) College Website

Hamilton College professor collects stories from prisoners, officers (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Amy Neff Roth
Publication: Utica Oberver Dispatch
Date: 4/26/2017
Abstract: Article on grant and archive based on new release and interview with PI Larson.

Hamilton Prof Collects Stories By Prisoners (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Pat Louise
Publication: Waterville Times
Date: 8/2/2017
Abstract: Description of APWA purposes, contents, and NEH grant.

The American Prison Writing Archive (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Gila Lyons
Publication: Poets & Writers
Date: 12/26/2017
Abstract: Interview with the APWA's PI, Doran Larson, regarding the archive and support from the NEH.

The American Prison Writing Archive (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Kristen Reed (interviewer) and Doran Larson (interviewed)
Publication: Podcast
Date: 12/27/2017
Abstract: Interview about book volume, Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America, and The American Prison Writing Archive

Shining a Light on Life Behind Bars (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ella Fassler
Date: 11/12/2018
Abstract: Description of the APWA, including links to five essays from the APWA and interview with director Doran Larson.

"The Zo" (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Patrick Doolitttle, Lawrence Bartley, Molly Crabapple
Publication: The Marshall Project
Date: 2/27/2020
Abstract: "The Zo" is a digital graphic video based on Patrick Doolittle's Yale political science thesis (2017); Doolittle's thesis was based entirely on essays in The American Prison Writing Archive; Lawrence Bartley helped with the adaptation; Molly Crabapple was the artist.

"On Point: The Zo." (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Patrick Doolitttle, Lawrence Bartley, Molly Crabapple, Jane Clayson
Publication: National Public Radio
Date: 3/9/2020
Abstract: This one-hour episode of NPR's "On Point" featured "The Zo"--based on The American Prison Writing Archive--and interviewed Patrick Doolittle, Lawrence Bartley, APWA PI Doran Larson, and Molly Crabapple.

Prison Writing, Library of Congress, Google, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, April 19, 2020 (Media Coverage)
Author(s): No named author
Publication: ResearchBuzz
Date: 4/19/2020
Abstract: Hamilton College: The Zo, Based on the American Prison Writing Archive, Debuts. “In 2008 when Professor of Literature and Creative Writing Doran Larson launched a seminar on American prison writing at Hamilton, he found there existed no collection that offered a broad sampling of writing by inmates. Thus began his solicitation of essays from the incarcerated that led to the publishing of Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America, edited by Larson, and to the subsequent creation of the American Prison Writing Archive (APWA). The archive, now numbering more than 2,300 essays from 950 authors, has been used by colleges in 33 states and many countries around the world from Australia to England. Never before, however, has the archive received such well-deserved attention as that generated by Welcome to ‘The Zo’, a new series of videos from The Marshall Project that takes a look at life inside prison through sentiments expressed in the APWA letters.”

The American Prison Writing Archive (Review)
Author(s): Duygu Erbil
Publication: Polity of Literature
Date: 5/14/2020
Abstract: Review of global and US prison writing and writing collections by way of introduction to an extended review of--with samples from--The American Prison Writing Archive.

Type Up Essays in The American Prison Writing Archive (Media Coverage)
Publication: Atlas Obscura
Date: 4/7/2020
Abstract: "Since 2012, the American Prison Writing Archive at Hamilton College has gathered 2,340 essays by incarcerated writers. (The project, which is backed by the National Endowment for the Humanities, solicits submissions through newsletters circulated in prisons.) America imprisons people at a higher rate than any other country, and the project invites the 2.3 million people incarcerated in the U.S. to tell their stories in their own words. Many of these reflections are handwritten, and Doran Larson, a professor of literature and creative writing at the college, welcomes help from people who are able to type them up. If you’d like to transcribe, fill out the application."
URL: http://

Open Scholarship Award (Review)
Author(s): Alyssa Arbuckle
Publication: Canadian Social Knowledge Institute.
Date: 1/12/2021
Abstract: In the spring of 2021, the APWA received the Open Scholarship Award from the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute. This is an award open to digital projects from the US and Canada.