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Arthur Longworth

Creative Nonfiction Writer

2024 Fellow


Arthur Longworth (he/him) crafts essays and creative nonfiction. He lives in Washington state, where he graduated from foster care to spend thirty-eight years incarcerated.

Through his writing, Longworth often channels the experience of young people ensnared in state systems that essentially raise them to go to prison. He is the author of Zek: An American Prison Story (Gabalfa Press, 2016), and contributing writer to What We Know: Solutions from Our Experiences in the Justice System (New Press, 2020), and The Sentences that Create Us (Haymarket Books, 2022).

Arthur’s writing has been published in the New Republic, New York Review of Books, Medium, The Marshall Project, and Vice News. He is a six-time PEN Prison Writing Award winner and PEN America Writing For Justice Fellow. Longworth is currently a Policy Specialist for Treehouse, a foster youth advocacy organization in Seattle, where he works to decouple the foster care-to-prison pipeline.