Writing is always engaging the limits of our political imaginations. As such, it is a profoundly political process that is both contextually situated and embedded within unequal distributions of power and oppression that (re)produce the frames of our social worlds. In this class, we will use the institution of the prison and the inequities that it serves to reproduce as a way to think through the limits of our own political imaginations and the ways in which we can develop our writing to respond in an engaged and sustained way with those limits. How are race, class, gender, and sexuality instrumentalized in (how are they essential to) the formation and maintenance of what has come to be known as the prison industrial complex? How are other forms of “extra-carceral” (outside of the formal prison institution) control and surveillance integral to the production of an incarcerated population? As renowned activist and scholar Angela Davis notes, the carceral state is so naturalized that prison abolition is deemed literally unimaginable. In staking our writing on the denaturalization of the prison industrial complex, we are opening ourselves up to a certain form of risk, and as such, we must in each moment of this class practice what Audre Lorde famously called “mutual stretching.” We will strive to use our writing and revision to stretch towards each other and beyond the violently enforced borders of necessary justice.