BleakHouse Publishing is an independent, not-for-profit press devoted to creative writing, art, and photography on social justice. The press, founded in 2006 by Robert Johnson, a professor of justice, law and criminology at American University, is staffed primarily by American University students and alumni. Our mission is to publish works that shed a humane light on the nether world of penal institutions, as well as other repressive settings, practices, and beliefs.


ROBERT JOHNSON, Editor & Publisher



by Emily Dalgo


“Emily Dalgo’s Silent, We Sit is an inspiring debut collection that showcases her masterful prose and wise reflection. With maturity beyond her years, she remarks on the everyday emotions that cripple and inspire us in poems like “Apathy” and “Afterlife.”  Through her wide-ranging narrative voices, Dalgo skillfully paints a picture of the lofty visions of a character’s unrealized future juxtaposed with the humble reality of life.  The audience will turn the final page knowing that Dalgo has successfully elevated our perception of humanity.”

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