If good stories come from a riotous life, Elle’s background is just the thing. Born in Albuquerque, she traveled her whole life, which involved attending 22 different schools, before landing in Chicago 20 years ago. She’s been a talent buyer (translation: books bands) for 17 years, and loves whiskey, taking naps, bad decisions, and her daughter. In 1980 at Washington Elementary in Kalamazoo, MI, she won student of the month. She considers that the pinnacle of her success.
James Gordon better known as G.P.A.(Greatest Poet Alive) is an international award winning author of six books of Poetry and one novel of Mystery. He has performed all over the United States with his scintillating poetry and can be seen on epsidoes of Empire, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD , and Shameless, as well as the movies Animals, A Slice of Life, and Batman vs Superman. James can be found at GPA MEDIA INC and on Twitter at gr8estpoetalive.
Maya Schenwar is the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better, and is Editor-in-Chief of the social justice news organization Truthout. She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and others. She is the recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Chi Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, and the Women's Prison Association's Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award. Previous to her work at Truthout, Maya was Contributing Editor at Punk Planet magazine and served as media coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence.