Asia Johnson is a storyteller, writer, and filmmaker using dynamic narratives and film to envision a world without cages.
Johnson’s transformative work captures the voices and images of real women harmed by the criminal legal system, allowing them to share their experiences in an elevated and healing way. Juxtaposing their testimonies with their re-dressed and colorful selves, she emulates the rebirth they experienced after re-entering their communities.
Currently based in Los Angeles, Johnson works with several organizations in the criminal justice reform space including The Bail Project, cut50, Shakespeare in Prison, Prison Creative Arts Program, Hamtramck Free School, and the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative. She is a 2019 Right of Return Fellow, 2019 Room Project Fellow, 2021 Brennan Center for Justice Fellow, and 2022 Art for Justice Fellow. Her Chapbook, An Exorcism, was released in 2018 and her upcoming directorial debut, Out of Place, was released in 2022. Johnson is the Senior Associate of Storytelling and Local Organizing at Zealous.