Piper Anderson 

Founder/Chief Creative Strategist

Piper Anderson, is a writer, educator, and Founder/Chief Creative Strategist at CREATE FORWARD. Create Forward is the culmination of Piper’s fifteen years engaged in cultural organizing projects activating creative strategies to end to the mass incarceration/criminalization of communities of color. In 2016, she was awarded a TED Residency. The residency is an incubator for breakthrough ideas. Anderson developed Mass Story Lab a national storytelling project focused on incarceration. Her TED Talk, "Can Stories Create Justice?" documents the role of storytelling in creating transformative social change. www.piperanderson.com

Marissa Johnson 

Mass Story Project Coordinator

Marissa Johnson

Marissa Johnson is a poet, activist, and the Project Coordinator of Mass Story Lab. A recent graduate of Simmons College where she majored with honors in Political Science and Sociology, Marissa’s research centers on the impact of mass incarceration on women of color and the intersections between violence against women, racism, and criminalization. She has competed nationally as a spoken word artist, and her work has been published on YouTube, V-Day’s One Billion Rising website, and her personal blog. She is an avid world-traveler and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.