What’s Next Washington’s Host, Sue Mason, interviews Chandra Bozelko. Chandra is formerly incarcerated and found her talent for writing and journalism in prison. She became the first prisoner to have a column in a major newspaper while still incarcerated. That column, Prison Diaries, later became a blog after she was released, which earned her a 2018 People’s Choice Webby Award. Chandra also wrote a book of poetry called Prison Diaries, an Anthology which was published in 2014 and is available on Amazon.

“Chandra has published 101 commentary pieces since her release. Her written commentary has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, US News and World Report, The Washington Post, Forbes, Elle, Ms. Magazine, Quartz, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and newspapers in 22 states.” https://www.jaws.org/hall-of-fame/chandra-bozelko/

Chandra lives and works in Connecticut. She is also a 2018 Just Leadership USA Leading With Conviction Fellow. Links to her website and her work are below.

A new episode will be uploaded next week, where we will interview Will Jimerson. Will is a formerly incarcerated advocate, inspirational speaker, and community organizer in Seattle, Washington. He was 13 years old when he was sentenced to prison as an adult and he turned a negative experience into a life of triumph and redemption. Will’s message is powerful, you won’t want to miss it. Join us next week for -What’s Next!

Chandra Bozelko’s Blog – Prison Diaries

Prison Diaries, An Anthology

The New York Times

The Washington Post

The Guardian

The LA Times