Prison Op–Ed Project

About Us

Meghan Kallman, Co-Founder, Director

Meghan Elizabeth Kallman is a sociologist, teacher and and community organizer from Rhode Island. Before becoming a sociologist, Meghan was a professional modern dancer. She has degrees from Smith College and the University of Chicago, and holds a PhD in Sociology at Brown University. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Horowitcz Foundation for Social Policy, and the San Carlos Foundation, among others. Meghan represents the citizens of Ward 5 in Pawtucket as a City Councilor.

Meghan can often be found around town playing trumpet and accordion in the Extraordinary Rendition Band, an activist street band based in Rhode Island.

Steve Ahlqvist, Editor

Steve Ahlquist is an editor of Steve is an award winning journalist, writer, artist and Humanist Activist. He is the creator of Oz Squad, a modern comic book continuation of the L. Frank Baum Oz children’s book series. Through the 1990s Steve was the proprietor of retail comic and video store Atomic Comics in Providence. Steve is also the co-creator (along with Chris Reilly) of Strange Eggs, an anthology published by SLG Publishing, formerly Slave Labor Graphics. In 2004 Steve Ahlquist and Chris Reilly were nominated for four Harvey Awards for their work on PupHedz.

Bob Plain, Co-Founder

Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of RI Future, the Ocean State’s first political blog and is the only full service news medium dedicated to the struggle for social justice, peace and liberation in Rhode Island.

Bob grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in journalism. He worked at newspapers all over America – including Vermont, Wyoming and Oregon – before returning to the Ocean State to become an internet pioneer. He helped start a local news website in his hometown that become the only such site to be purchased by AOL and transformed into a Patch site.

He worked at WPRO, and traveled around the country covering the Occupy Wall Street movement before taking over RI Future in 2012 to transform it into a valuable source of news and information for the progressive left in Rhode Island.

When not working on RI Future, Bob is probably either fishing, gardening or cutting firewood.