Silja Talvi

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Silja J.A. Talvi is a full-time investigative journalist and essayist, and a senior editor of the national monthly magazine, In These Times. In addition to her ongoing work with In These Times, Talvi has written for many dozens of print and web publications across the country, including The Nation, Utne, AlterNet, ColorLines,, and the Christian Science Monitor. Born in Helsinki, Finland and raised in Hollywood, California, Talvi received her B.A., with honors, in Ethnic Studies (Mills College, 1991), and her M.A. in Women Studies (San Francisco State University, 1993). Talvi's articles on criminal justice, ethnicity, gender, poverty and immigration have garnered almost two dozen regional and national awards, including a recent literary award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for her non-fiction book, Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System (Seal Press/Perseus, 2007). For the past decade, Talvi's work has also has appeared in numerous book anthologies on far-ranging topics (e.g., Jewish and Palestinian women, tattooed women, the World Trade Organization, prostitution, hepatitis C in prisons). Currently based in Seattle, Talvi directs the non-profit Women Behind Bars Project and is an advisory board member of Seattle's award-winning newspaper of the poor and homeless, Real Change. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of Prison Legal News, dedicated to defending human and constitutional rights in all facets of the criminal justice system.

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