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									Jennifer GonnermanJennifer Gonnerman
A staff writer for The Village Voice, Jennifer Gonnerman earned a 2004 National Book Award nomination for Life on the Outside -- the first major work of journalism on the subject of reentry: the challenge of leaving prison and confronting the outside world.

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Jennifer Gonnerman
Current Home:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth:
January 24, 1971
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
B.A., Columbia University, 1994

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2004 National Book Award Finalist

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								Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett, Author: 
								Jennifer Gonnerman.

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Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett
by Jennifer Gonnerman
"Rather than marshal statistics to flesh out an annual migration that may be the least-noted demographic trend of our time, Gonnerman focuses on the story of one woman, Elaine Bartlett, who served 16 years in New York state prisons on a drug charge before being granted clemency by Gov. George Pataki. The result, a remarkably balanced triumph of immersion journalism, is as gloomy as it is enlightening," reflects The Washington Post's Michael Schaffer.

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A Writer's Rituals

"I always keep things around my desk that remind me of people who I find inspiring," Gonnerman reveals in our exclusive interview. "At the moment, these include a postcard of Georgia O’Keeffe, a mug with Virginia Woolf on it, and a finger puppet of Zora Neale Hurston."

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