Boundaries and Bridges

Boundaries and Bridges

The InsideOut StoryLab Presents: Boundaries and Bridges

The InsideOut StoryLab: Boundaries and Bridges is a story collection from both incarcerated and unconfined writers to be distributed by portable story dispensers inside and outside of carceral settings in Alaska. The story collection will be edited by Alaska-based writer and editor Jaclyn Bergamino, current editor of Marrow Magazine, who has taught creative writing for incarcerated students in Alaska. Fairbanks-based artist Naomi Hutchquist, who has previously created award-winning animation for LION, will assist with art and editorial work with comic-based submissions. The project is overseen by Sarah Stanley, associate professor of English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and founder of StoryLab.

Volume 1 now published!

Boundaries and Bridges collection logo


Jaclyn Bergamino

Story Editor

Naomi Hutchquist

Visual Editor


Dimitrios Alexiadis

Jess Angel

Jennifer Jolis

Lesa Meath

Marsha Oss

Kassie Sarker

Meryem Udden

Want to join the LION editorial team as a reader?

Join the LION editorial team to participate in first round reviews of submissions, as well as preparing feedback for every incarcerated writer. To join, fill out the form at the link below.

Large group of fireweed, a wildflower in Alaska

Downloadable Curriculum Packets


We support our authors with guidance on the writing and comic composition process through the asynchronous curriculum. Download our full curriculum or select a specific genre below. Each packet includes craft tips, examples, and writing prompts.


From Catharsis to Connection

The Learning Inside Out Network (LION) supports education and creative collaboration between
people who are inside and outside of Alaska’s jails and prisons. In celebration of Second Chance Month,
come to Breadline on April 19th for LION’s publication party.

A light lunch will be provided (while supplies last) and stories will be shared from our inaugural story
collection, Boundaries and Bridges. There will be stations where participants will be encouraged to
engage in a multitude of literary activities, including but not limited to zine crafting, free writing,
letter writing, and reading works by those on the “inside.”

Participants are welcome, but not required, to share their experience with the criminal legal system
and be part of a larger discussion. Visit for more information about the University of
Alaska Fairbanks Learning Inside Out Network and #reentrymatters for more details about Second
Chance Month.


Bread Line
507 Gaffney Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701

April 9, 11AM-2PM

Learning Inside Out Network to receive $10,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts

The Learning Inside Out Network  is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive a Challenge America award of $10,000. This grant will support InsideOut StoryLab: Boundaries and Bridges.

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