Common Good Atlanta is a culture of writing. While committed to providing access to higher education in prison, we also believe that writing remains one of the most important instruments for human dignity. Much of what happens within prisons diminishes human dignity —  it is an active stripping people of their distinct human characterizations, a suppressing of their distinctive voices, and a diminishing of their self-worth. But the ability to formulate, defend, and articulate a point of view reclaims the distinct human dignity that we believe remains inherent. 

This journal is a testament to the powerful, generous, brilliant, whole, and deeply kind people who have served time in prison. Their words speak for themselves. 

An hourglass made by Common Good Atlanta students

From the Editor: Kathryn Higinbotham 

I welcome your submissions to Hourglass Journal

Please reach out to me with ideas about nonfiction, poetry, fiction, short documentary films, podcasts, artwork, or any other creative endeavor. Our team will support your project throughout the publishing process.