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John J. Lennon is a contributing editor for Esquire and a contributing writer for The Marshall Project. He is also a prisoner in his nineteenth year of incarceration, currently in Sullivan Correctional Facility. In 2013, he published his first essay in The Atlantic. To date, he has published feature essays in Esquire, New York Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Men’s Health, The Washington Post Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. In 2019, John was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in feature writing for his Esquire feature “This Place Is Crazy”; this same essay was later anthologized in the 2019’s Best American Magazine Writing. He was also a finalist for the Molly National Journalism Prize for “Spying on Attica” and “A Turbulent Mind,” which The Marshall Project published in collaboration with Vice and New York Magazine, respectively. In 2020, John’s story “The Apology Letter” appeared in The Washington Post Magazine’s special prison issue, which won a National Magazine Award for single topic publication.
Life Inside April 14
Trying to stay alive in Sing Sing.
Life Inside November 13, 2019
“It’s conflicting, I imagine, to hear how someone who once took a life thinks about living a good life.”
Feature September 3, 2018
Andrew Goldstein's crime set in motion a dramatic shift in how we care for the violent mentally ill. Including for himself—when he's released this month.
Feature April 9, 2018
How nearly 2,000 cameras tamed America’s most notorious prison
Life Inside November 3, 2016
“Yo… this dude Trump is outta line!”
Life Inside November 15, 2014
An aging bank robber faces the end.