Jackie Wang is a writer, poet, musician, and academic whose writing has been published by Lies Journal, Semiotext(e), HTML Giant, BOMBlog, along with numerous zines, such as those by the Moonroot collective. Her essay “Against Innocence” provides insightful analysis on penal and race theory. Her blog, Ballerinas Dance with Machine Guns, reads like a journal that explores writing as process, the personal as political. Originally from New Port Richey, Florida – “people call it New Port Nowhere” – Jackie moved to Cambridge, MA for a PhD program in African and African-American Studies and History at Harvard University. (From an interview in Mask Magazine.)
Carceral Capitalism, published last year by MIT Press/Semiotext(e), is a book of Essays on the contemporary continuum of incarceration: the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, and algorithmic policing. It's been called "one of the most wide-ranging, critical, and theoretically nuanced examinations of the political economy of the carceral state in the USA to date" (SocialistProject).
We’ll talk to Jackie about the intersection of carceral capitalism and the housing crisis and what it looks like here in Portland. We’ll also check in about Jackie’s new work which will be coming out soon.