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Damien became involved in the production of Paper Chained from its launch in 2017, and become editor in 2021. He is the author of the novel Scarred (Tenth Street Press, 2019), which was written by hand while he was incarcerated in NSW, and the illustrator of the book This Is Ear Hustle (Crown Publishing, 2021). His writing has been published by the news websites The Big Smoke, Eureka Street and 10 daily, and the academic journals Advances in Librarianship and the Alternative Law Journal. He holds a masters degree in Information Studies and is completing a PhD at the University of Newcastle.




Jedidiah Evans is a lecturer in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Sydney. He has published articles on U.S. literature and higher education, and is the author of Look Abroad, Angel (University of Georgia Press, 2020). Jedidiah runs a weekly writing workshop in a maximum-security prison in NSW, and his current research focuses on the impact of creative arts in prison. With colleagues at the University of Sydney, Jedidiah is working to develop collaborative learning opportunities between incarcerated students and university students. He holds a PhD in American Literature.


Dwayne is an academic in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, and La Trobe Law School. He is also Research Director for Humans of San Quentin, a story-telling project based in California. Dwayne's research is influenced by his lived experience of the Australian criminal justice system. He has led and worked on various projects embedding and amplifying lived experience perspectives in organisational practice, structure and processes with organisations including the Australian Community Support Organisation, Jesuit Social Services, VACRO, and RMIT University’s community-based and prison-based think tanks. He holds a Bachelor of Criminology (Honours) from La Trobe University.

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