An intentional gathering of artists met over the course of a year as part of the first season of Reading Work. Their conversations are central to the project and their engagement is consistent.

This particular dialogue features James “Yaya” Hough and Xaviera Simmons.

The artists responded to:

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals
By Saidiya Hartman

White Reconstruction: Domestic Warfare and the Logics of Genocide
By Dylan Rodriguez

Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing & Prisons
By Colin Kaepernick (Editor)

We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice
By Mariame Kaba

Are Prisons Obsolete?
By Angela Y. Davis

Carceral Capitalism
By Jackie Wang