Cyree Jarelle Johnson


Cyree Johnson is a New York-based poet and activist. They will be using their fellowship to produce “a narrative hybrid work investigating prison abolition on both sides of the wall, and its implications for climate justice and citizenship, through the story of an incarcerated mother and her son.” Learn more at cyreejarellejohnson.com.

a machine of mahogany and bronze

Scenes from Inside a Dystopian Storm

Cyree Jarelle Johnson's poetry collection depicts visions of the global climate crisis through the prism of the country's incarceration machine, looking at the atmospheric chaos of a dystopian future inside the social maelstrom of the prison-industrial complex. Focusing on the iconic real-life nightmare of a dissaster on New York City's Rikers Island jail complex, the work encapsulates the contemporary politics surrounding the facility today, and marks the first stage of an ongoing work-in-progress.

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