Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s editor-in-chief, co-author of Prison by Any Other Name: the Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, and co-editor of Who Do You Serve, Who Do you Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States. In addition to Truthout, she has written for The New York Times, the Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine and others. She is the recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Chi Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, the Women’s Prison Association’s Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award and a Lannan Residency Fellowship. Maya co-founded the Chicago Community Bond Fund and organizes with the Chicago-based prison abolitionist collective Love & Protect. She serves on the advisory board of Waging Nonviolence and was formerly chair of the Media Consortium’s coordinating committee. Previous to her work at Truthout, she was the contributing editor at Punk Planet Magazine and served as media coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Maya lives in Chicago. Follow her on Twitter: @mayaschenwar.