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Before starting to teach in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, I was facilitating writing workshops in juvenile halls around the Bay Area for The Beat Within. (If you’re interested in insightful, moving, unedited writing by incarcerated youth and adults, check out the website: www.thebeatwithin.org.) I began volunteering and then working full time at The Beat after earning my Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley in 2000. Although this may seem like an odd transition, my dissertation, "Dead Men Talking," examined 18th century execution and crime narratives composed by and about Africans in colonial and early America and analyzed the historical, legal, and literary connections between blackness, criminality and writing. Sadly, the conflation of blackness and criminality evident in the 18th century has not changed significantly in the present day, so I became determined to understand more about these seemingly intractable bonds, and to contribute, in some tiny way, to loosening them in practice rather than just in theory—hence, my work at The Beat Within.