Contributing Authors

Joanna Heaney, TBL editor (J_R_Heaney): Heaney is an undergraduate at American University majoring in public communication with a minor in law and society. Heaney came to DC to pursue her interest in government and politics but has developed interest in the more broad concepts of liberty, justice, and individual choice. She looks forward to continuing to study these concepts within the justice and legal systems and to challenging her opinions.

Tatiana Laing (canyoufeelitburning): Laing is an honors student in the School of Public Affairs at American University. She is pursuing an interdisciplinary major in communications, law, economics, and government and has a deep interest in creative writing and public policy. She hopes to go to Law School to enable herself to someday take an active role in creating social justice. Laing believes that writing can and will be a powerful tool in bringing forth positive change in the world.

Adam Bradley (adbrad36): Bradley is an undergraduate in the honors program at American University’s School of Public Affairs, where he is pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in communications, law, economics, and government. He has previously worked internships with Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), a Detroit-area congressman with a disproportionately high rate of imprisoned constituents; and with Poet Lore, the oldest poetry journal in the United States. Bradley believes that writing is a powerful weapon of empathy, a trait too often lacking in the American justice system. He is spending his 2013 spring semester studying in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sarah Bousquet (sarahbousquet1): Bousquet is an undergraduate in the honors program at American University, where she majors in justice and law. She is interested in studying criminals and their behavior inside and outside of prison, and is curious about what motivates criminal behavior, especially in the case of violent criminals. She hopes to one day become a federal agent.

Alexa Kelly (alexamariekelly): Alexa is an undergraduate in American University’s honors program and is pursuing a degree from its School of Communication.  In her senior year of high school, she earned the Mark Drucker Internship at KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia. She writes for American University publications like American Way of Life Magazine, and is also a member of BleakHouse Publishing’s marketing staff. Kelly has a deep interest in creative writing and the power of art to impact the lives of criminals.

Rachel Ternes (rachelternes): Ternes is an honors undergraduate student at American University majoring in psychology and minoring in French and studio arts. Her passion for creating art is rivaled only by her interest in using her artistic skills to promote causes of social justice. Ternes holds a position as Chief Creative Officer for BleakHouse Publishing, and designs visuals for publications and publicity materials.

Daniella Decker (dd3411a): Decker’s passion in life is to help others. As a natural-born leader, she enjoys event planning and hosting fundraising benefits. As a student attending American University in Washington, D.C. Decker discovered her next project: her blog Beyond My Bars. Decker hopes to provide through the lens of her blog an artistic outlet for inmates within the American penitentiary system.