Vivian Nixon

Writer In Residence
Square One Project

Vivian D. Nixon is the Writer in Residence at The Square One Project, co-leading the Racial Justice and Abolition Democracy (RJAD) Project and is guiding the Square One Project’s work on racial reckoning. Her previous experience includes 20 years’ as Executive Director of College & Community Fellowship (CCF), a nonprofit that helps women with criminal convictions earn college degrees. Ms. Nixon first joined CCF as a student and then grew the organization’s capacity to engage in direct services, policy, advocacy, and organizing. Notably, the CCF community fought to restore Pell Grants to incarcerated college students. Ms. Nixon holds an MFA from Columbia School of the Arts and has received the John Jay Medal for Justice, Ascend Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, and Soros Justice Fellowship. The Art for Justice Fund and Pen America Writing for Justice Fellowship support her freedom to write. In May 2021, Bard College honored Ms. Nixon with a Doctorate of Humane Letters.

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