My name is Holly Genovese. I am a writer, public humanist and activist. I am starting my Ph.D in American Studies at UT Austin this fall! This past year I served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Field Family Teen Author Series at the FLP and Second Faculty for the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, a Tour Guide for Grim Philly Twilight Tours and a Ticket Seller for the Franklin Institute.
I am also a contributing editor at Unsweetened Magazine, a contributor at Book Riot and a blogger at the U.S. Society for Intellectual History blog. I have written for Teen Vogue, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Rumpus, Bustle, Scalawag Magazine, The Establishment, amongst other places. My academic work focuses on the intersection of culture and prisoner rights activism in 20th century New Orleans. . I received a B.A in History and Political Science from Temple University in 2013 and an MA in History at the University of South Carolina in 2015. My MA thesis "They Held Their Fists Up: The Myth of the Violent Black Panther and the Making of the Angola 3" explored the media construction of the Black Panther Party and the ways this influenced the incarceration of the Angola 3.
I am super passionate about the rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, I have been trained in the nationally recognized Inside Out Prison Exchange Program, an part of Pen America's prison writing program, and am always looking for ways to get involved in activism surrounding prisoner rights.