J Journal: New Writing on Justice

J Journal: New Writing on Justice J Journal: New Writing on Justice is a semiannual publication featuring creative work that examines the justice issue, directly and tangentially.

It is housed at CUNY's John Jay College, one of the nation's premier criminal justice institutions.

Mission: Launched in 2008, J Journal: New Writing on Justice is a twice-yearly publication featuring creative work that examines the justice issue, directly and tangentially. Contributors include established and new writers, professionals in the law enforcement field, lawyers, professors in the humanities and social sciences, and prison inmates. Unlike other Criminal Justice journals, J Journal presents its analyses of contemporary justice issues through creative, not scholarly work. Housed at CUNY's John Jay College, one of the nation's premier criminal justice institutions, J Journal's short stories, poetry and creative nonfiction expand the question: What is Justice?

If you haven’t already, check out our Spring, 2020 issue online at jjournal.org  (Link available in bio.) #literature #l...
07/28/2020

If you haven’t already, check out our Spring, 2020 issue online at jjournal.org (Link available in bio.)

#literature #literarymagazine #literaryfiction #poetry #nonfiction #reading

“Hello all. We're in NYC, the center of things these days, but we want to let you know our spring issue is almost ready....
06/05/2020

“Hello all. We're in NYC, the center of things these days, but we want to let you know our spring issue is almost ready. Some finishing touches and then we'll post online and, when our print shop at the college opens, we'll print and send copies. Reads strong. Reads exciting.” - Editors, Adam & Jeff

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“Cynthia could hear the sound of a bunch of moist vegetables landing with a large sizzling noise in a wok in the kitchen...
02/28/2020

“Cynthia could hear the sound of a bunch of moist vegetables landing with a large sizzling noise in a wok in the kitchen. She picked up a few pieces of mango with a toothpick and put them in her mouth. She pushed the other pieces aside so that there was an empty space in the plate, making it look like she had taken more pieces and had appreciated the fruit, a compliment to the hostess. Then, slipping the toothpick into her uniform skirt pocket, she left.” - “Writing on the Basement Wall” by Yu-Han Chao ( Spring, 2011 [Vol. 4, No 1.])

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Heiman

Read past issues & full stories here: https://linktr.ee/jjournal_nyc (link in bio)

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“What is a rebel?  A rebelis somebody who is in the bushwho has a gunbut is not a soldier. The rebels looted the village...
02/21/2020

“What is a rebel? A rebel
is somebody who is in the bush
who has a gun
but is not a soldier.

The rebels looted the village
where I was captured.
I, along with the other boys they captured,
were given loads to carry to the rebels’ base,
which was called Ngeihun. We went to Ngeihun.

We were together with the rebels
in the village of Ngeihun.
When we were caught and brought there,
the rebels used to take
my captured companions and me
around to find food.

The loads that were given to me to carry
were too heavy for me
so I was usually unable
to carry them.

Therefore, on our way for food-finding
we captured civilians
to carry loads for us.

When I was with the rebels at Ngeihun
Kamajors came
and attacked the village.”
- “Song of the Child Soldier” by Shanee Stepakoff (Spring, 2011 [Vol. 4, No. 1])

Read the full poem here: bit.ly/38QS8cy (link in bio)

Photo Credit: Pepa De Rivera @pepaderivera

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J Journal congratulates Jessamyn Hope, published in Vol. 12, No. 1, for being named one of 7 Emerging Novelists You Shou...
01/31/2020

J Journal congratulates Jessamyn Hope, published in Vol. 12, No. 1, for being named one of 7 Emerging Novelists You Should Know: bit.ly/2S3hJHU (Her part starts at 3:50.)
Read her J Journal piece here bit.ly/2Qp9YLz and more great work in our latest issue.

RT:  “Starting to put together our spring issue. Always exciting to see what themes/through lines emerge when pieces pla...
01/29/2020

RT: “Starting to put together our spring issue. Always exciting to see what themes/through lines emerge when pieces play off each other.” - Editors, Adam Berlin & Jeffrey Heiman 1/24/20

Check out past issues here: linktr.ee/jjournal_nyc

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“Best of all, Papa never remembered any of it when he came back from pilgrimage. Just happy to see everyone. A little th...
01/24/2020

“Best of all, Papa never remembered any of it when he came back from pilgrimage. Just happy to see everyone. A little thin sometimes. Pilgrimage took days or even a whole week. And no food. Ma fasted on all the holidays and once made Rishi and Gul fast for a whole day. Rishi just went back to bed. Holy time, Ma said. Think about your sins and how to improve. But all Gul could think about was when-when-when she could finally eat dinner. Watching the clock creep jelly hands until she could only think of the horrible song, chapati, dhal with aloo, raita and some pickle-oo. And Papa could go for days without food, so he was very holy.” -“In-Breath” by Sandra Hunter
(Fall, 2010 [Vol. 3, No. 2])

Read past published pieces here: linktr.ee/jjournal_nyc

Photo Credit: Pepa de Rivera @pepaderivera

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“Stare at dead people. Examine them. Know your blood will pool at your feet like that when it’s your turn. Marvel at the...
01/10/2020

“Stare at dead people. Examine them. Know your blood will pool at your feet like that when it’s your turn. Marvel at the two large Italian brothers the Medical Examiner contracts to take the body to where dead bodies are taken. Do not hesitate when you are asked to “give’em a hand” by your FTO. This is known as being “voluntold” to do something. Never mind the stiffness of the arm you hold as the three of you carry the Heart Attack out of his duplex and into the black Suburban. Take off the powdered latex gloves you are thankful you kept in your back pocket. God Jr. asks where you feel like eating.” - “On Being a Rookie” by Bobby Garcia (Fall, 2010 [Volume 3, Issue 2])

Photo Credit: John Martino

Read past published pieces here: linktr.ee/jjournal_nyc

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“The night Crissy and the two men were in the town park, Blue Oyster Cult’s fantasy guitars were close as the summer air...
01/03/2020

“The night Crissy and the two men were in the town park, Blue Oyster Cult’s fantasy guitars were close as the summer air.” - “Two and a Half versus Fortune” by Alison Ruth (Spring, 2009 [Volume 2, Issue 1]

Read the full story here: bit.ly/2tnknQ5 (link in bio)

Photo Credit: Pepa De Rivera @pepaderivera

#literature #fiction #poetry #writersofinstagram #poetrycommunity #photography #photoart #photooftheday #writer #writing #writersofig #writingcommunity #cunyarts #bookstagram #book #booklover #igwritersclub #bookworm #read #reading #readersofinstagram #igreads #poetsofinstagram #poet #igpoets #literaryquotes #journal #magazine #quotes #quoteoftheday

“Watching the ball drop had been a lame thing to do, but it beat my suggestion. When we learned the clubs were charging ...
12/27/2019

“Watching the ball drop had been a lame thing to do, but it beat my suggestion. When we learned the clubs were charging two hundred bucks for entrance, I proposed kicking back at home with a bottle of wine, but Julie laughed. No way was she going to let us spend our first New Year’s Eve in New York City watching webcasts of New Year’s Eve in New York City.” -“The Sink” by Jessamyn Hope (Spring, 2019 -[Vol. 12, Issue 1])

Read the full story here: bit.ly/2Qp9YLz (link in bio)

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Heiman

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“When I was a boy,” my father said, “can you guess how many times we had steak a year?” “Five times,” Tom said.”  - “Jun...
12/20/2019

“When I was a boy,” my father said, “can you guess how many times we had steak a year?” “Five times,” Tom said.” - “Junk an a’ Po” by Kirby Wright (Volume 1, Issue 2)

Read the full story here: bit.ly/2Q5CB03 (link in bio)

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Heiman

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Literary Friday’s—here’s a line from a poem we published in our second issue.  “Finally, some sunfrom my fire escape.” -...
12/13/2019

Literary Friday’s—here’s a line from a poem we published in our second issue.

“Finally, some sun
from my fire escape.” - “Two Days After New York City and The World” by Estha Weiner (Fall, 2008 [Volume 1, Issue 2])

Read the full poem here: bit.ly/2Pjn2CT (link in bio)

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Heiman

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It’s Lit Friday. Here’s another piece from our first issue.  “By five o’clock the battalion had mustered at 116th Street...
12/06/2019

It’s Lit Friday. Here’s another piece from our first issue.

“By five o’clock the battalion had mustered at 116th Street and Broadway, the main university gate. Alfie looked down the line of blue uniforms, a few, like him, in helmet and riot gear.” - “Rome” by George Guida (Spring, 2008 [Volume 1, Issue 1])

Read the full story here: bit.ly/2LxtRyy (link in bio)

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Heiman

#literary #literaryquotes #literaryfiction #pushcartprize #fiction #nonfiction #poetry #literarymagazine #cuny #johnjaycollege

It’s Literary Friday, and we’re sharing an excerpt from our first issue. “I was born in 1964, my parent’s own little Civ...
11/29/2019

It’s Literary Friday, and we’re sharing an excerpt from our first issue. “I was born in 1964, my parent’s own little Civil Rights Act, and my name is a wish they threw up into the dirty night sky” - “Any Reason” by Ruthann Robson (Spring, 2008 [Volume 1, Issue 1]

Read the full story here: bit.ly/34zN89N

Photo Credit: Pepa De Rivera @pepaderivera

#literaryquotes #literaryfiction #literarymagazine #pushcartprize #fiction #nonfiction #poetry #johnjaycollege #cuny

It’s Literary Friday, and we’re sharing an excerpt from our first issue.  “I was born in 1964, my parent’s own little Ci...
11/29/2019

It’s Literary Friday, and we’re sharing an excerpt from our first issue.

“I was born in 1964, my parent’s own little Civil Rights Act, and my name is a wish they threw up into the dirty night sky” - “Any Reason” by Ruthann Robson (Spring, 2008 [Volume 1, Issue 1]

Read the full story here: bit.ly/34zN89N

Photo Credit: Pepa De Rivera @pepaderivera

J Journal nearly willed itself into being. It brought us, its two editors, to The Abbey Pub on an August afternoon and b...
11/07/2019

J Journal nearly willed itself into being. It brought us, its two editors, to The Abbey Pub on an August afternoon and birthed itself on the bar. That afternoon we came up with a look, a tone, a theme, and within a short period had researched production issues and the viability of a criminal justice based literary journal.
What we’ve found in our twelve years is probing, serious work that keeps us refining Journal’s theme. The stories, poems and personal narratives have shown us what it means to write creatively within the framework of justice. We read and winnow and correspond with writers, and each week marvel at the way we were being drawn to examine justice, as if it were a sculpture that reveals something not yet seen to each different angle of view.
Literature is moral but it is not prescriptive; it does not tell you how to act; it separates and clarifies issues so questions about living can be asked. Every one of these pieces is about justice but few name it.
J Journal is a print journal that comes out twice a year, spring and fall. Ranked prominently in the Pushcart lists, the journal remains the only litmag in the country with a justice focus. Photo Credit: Ari Pap @johnjaycollege @cunyarts @cunyedu @jjcstudents @ John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Photo Credit:  Jeffrey Heiman
10/27/2019

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Heiman

J Journal: New Writing on Justice examines its subject through creative work, directly and tangentially.  Housed at CUNY...
10/27/2019

J Journal: New Writing on Justice examines its subject through creative work, directly and tangentially. Housed at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, one of the nation’s premier criminal justice institutions, JJournal’s contributors have included established and new writers, professionals in the law enforcement field, lawyers, professors in the humanities and social sciences, and prison inmates. Unlike other CJ publications, J Journal, which comes out twice a year, is the country’s first to present its analyses of contemporary justice issues through creative, not scholarly work. The short stories, poems, and personal narratives in each volume expand reflection on the question: What is justice? Photo Credit: Jeffrey Heiman @jjcstudents @johnjaycollege

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