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 John Corley (Author), Susan Nagelsen (Editor), Charles Huckelbury (Editor)

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Drawing on his person experiences in and out of prison, and an uncanny ability to describe the indescribable, John Corley guides the reader on a walking tour of the light and dark sides of the street, accompanied by a demonstrated intimacy with both.

“John Corley’s seminal work Pagan introduces the lyrics of a mean whose words escape the far distance of Angola. With a range of voices and styles, Corley gracefully embraces both themes of despair and lightness, transcending the dark corners of confinement, introducing him squarely into the firmament of poets.”

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