Alan Devenish joined the Bard Prison Initiative college program in 2017. A founding faculty member of the Language & Thinking Program and the Institute for Writing and Thinking, he has led numerous workshops for students and teachers at Bard and at sites nationwide. He also directed the Bard Writing and Thinking Workshop for high school students at Lake Forest College in its inaugural years. Formerly Professor of English at Westchester Community College, where he co-directed the Poets & Writers Series and Human Rights Union, he received SUNY Chancellor’s Awards in Teaching, Scholarship and Creative Activity. His poetry has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. He was awarded ongoing fellowships in classical studies and human rights from the Faculty Resource Network at New York University where he earned an M.A. in French Literature and Ph.D. in English Education.