Aja Beech is an independent freelance author writing about social issues and the arts in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. Her commentary appears frequently in NewsWorks' Speak Easy blog. In 2010, she was the recipient of a Leeway Art and Change Grant and in 2011, was named one of Philadelphia's Creative Connectors. One of her poems, for you women, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. An activist and organizer, Beech works to address alternatives to severe imprisonment and capital punishment.

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