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 Alexa Marie Kelly


“Black Bone is disturbing but also necessary if this country is ever to move into a post-racial society and leave behind the perpetual long, dark night of a criminal justice system that values money and power over the individual.”

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