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NYU Reads

A selection of resources for engaging with the NYU Reads books.

Art and Activism

"Roses are red, violets are blue.

Soon I'll come home to live with you.

My life will be better, happy I'll be,

You'll be like my Dad and my family.

We'll have fun with our friends and others will see,

I'm a good person..."  Just Mercy, Chapter 14

The theme of creativity - including music, literature, poetry, and visual art - is one that runs through the text. Many of Stevenson's clients in Just Mercy use poetry, letters, and music to describe and survive their experiences while incarcerated. These resources explore creative works by people who have been affected by the criminal justice system. They take a look at creative responses to mass incarceration and creative calls for systemic change.

Print Books & eBooks

Print Books

"What she tells me: prison killed you my love, killed you so dead that you're not here now, you're never here, you're always." - Reginald Dwayne Betts, "Nights" from Felon