Piper Kerman

This week’s episode is an inside look at how a single book can have far-reaching tendrils into people’s lives—informing, entertaining, and effecting change. Brooke and Grant speak with Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black, about her book, the Netflix series, and her ongoing advocacy in America’s broken criminal justice system. This is an inspiring show about how writing changes lives—and systems—for the better.


Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, which was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning original series for Netflix. She serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Prison Association and the advisory boards of the PEN America Writing For Justice Fellowship, InsideOUT Writers, Healing Broken Circles and JustLeadershipUSA. Piper also hosts the podcast, “From Where She Stands,” which connects the storylines from Orange is the New Black with stories from real women whose lives have been impacted by prison. She speaks regularly about criminal justice reform and teaches writing in state prisons.

Takeaway: What’s Your Cause?

This one is simple—to ask yourself, What’s Your Cause? Maybe you have one, maybe you don’t. Maybe it’s a big one, maybe it’s very small-scale. But identifying a cause is always helpful in the writing journey, whether you feel called to write a book, or just to write in your journal, or support a cause with money or through advocacy. It’s a good year to be engaged with what’s going on in the world, and maybe to challenge yourself to write an op-ed, or to get fired up about something you care deeply about.

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