About the Authors

Ethan Hoffman (1950–1990) was an American photographer whose work appeared in magazines such as Fortune, Life, Esquire, Paris Match and Stern and was exhibited at the Smithsonian and other museums. He was a recipient of numerous photo honors including Nikon’s World Understanding Award. Prior to his accidental death – on a photo assignment – he founded a New York publishing company that promoted photojournalism books. Aside from Concrete Mama, his photos can be found in the books: Butoh: Dance of the Dark Soul, and Flesh and Blood: Photographers’ Images of Their Own Families.

Ethan Hoffman: A Retrospective (2015) — Courtesy of Ethan Hoffman’s siblings.

John A. McCoy, a journalist, author, and adjunct professor, was a reporter and editor at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He later served as public affairs director of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and vice president of communications for World Vision International. In addition to Concrete Mama, he wrote A Still and Quiet Conscience: The Archbishop Who Challenged a Pope, a President, and a Church.


Updates from the University of Washington Bothell's Project on Mass Incarceration in Washington State