Mery Concepción

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Mery Concepción is the NYC Civic Corps volunteer program coordinator for the Prison and Justice Writing Program at PEN America. She is also a recent graduate of Yale University, where she earned a BA in ethnicity, race, and migration. Her work on Black cultural productions, critical university studies, and abolition is informed by Black feminist theory and the Black radical tradition. At Yale, she served as an undergraduate fellow with the Yale Prison Education Initiative (YPEI), where she supported the program’s Yale-accredited courses for incarcerated students in Connecticut. She served on YPEI’s senior student advisory committee and was one of three undergraduates who planned and executed the program’s first-ever semester-long series focused on ethnicity, race, and migration. She is currently a Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellow, where she is working on an action project that explores how BIPOC youth understand their relationship to policing and incarceration in New York City through art-making and creative writing. This past fall, she was named the inaugural Gannett Editorial Fellow at the James Beard Foundation, where she wrote on issues at the intersection of food justice and culture.