Eric Lotke is an author, activist and scholar. His early work like The Real War on Crime  was groundbreaking on criminal justice policy. His original research on prison gerrymandering has led to new laws in ten states so far. His lawsuit over the exploitative price of phone calls from prison led to new rules by the FCC, and now a federal law named after his plaintiff. Lotke’s latest novel, Union Made, explores what union organizing means for the workplace, the economy and maybe even the organizer’s love life.

“Making Manna clearly establishes Eric Lotke as an impressively gifted novelist.” — Midwest Book Review


Union Made — 2021 release

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“With a strong female lead and a gripping labor campaign that explores union organizing from the inside, Eric Lotke puts the reader in the shoes of Catherine Campbell, a labor organizer, and Nate Hawley, an accountant whose firm is planning a hostile takeover the company she’s trying to organize. There are sparks between the union activists and the company’s dirty tricksters, and sparks between Catherine and Nate.”
— Best Indie Book Award 2021

Making Manna

Manna cover“A beautiful story of flourishing in hard times against the madness of an irrational justice system — with family, love, and foodie delights! An inspiring triumph of the human spirit.”
— William Upski Wimsatt, author of Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs

Decarcerating America: From Prisons to Ploughshares

And more.


Flushing toilets in the DC jail, and other uses for the Bill of Rights.

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Because the pendulum doesn’t swing back. 
Someone pushes it.

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