A Journey to Publishing Access: POOR Press Book Release 2009


PNNscholar1 - Posted on 08 August 2010

POOR Press 2009 authors at Revolution Books

Marlon Crump/PNN
Monday, November 9, 2009

When I think about the true meanings of "journeys" and "destination" memories of my road to POOR Magazine/POOR News Network often race through my mind. Devotions at manual labored jobs with no future promotions. Supporting my family of four, with meager earnings, while living in Cleveland, Ohio. Going from one homeless shelter to another, until my arrival to San Francisco, California in 2004.

In between the hardships of homelessness, I found sanctity with extensive reading at the library, taking numerous G.E.D night classes for writing, and sometimes writing my poetry in the dark. There was always the need for me to feel the very words written from my own hand, created from my own mind. My passion for writing grew.

I began to feel my own words during my brief period, as a volunteer for the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, in 2005. On May 2nd of that year, I recited my poem that I wrote the night before, "Care Not Cash/Trash" aimed to criticize Mayor Gavin Newsom's resentful policy to those receiving welfare aid.

For twenty nerve-wrecking minutes, I was here. Facing a relatively large crowd on San Francisco City Hall steps, with eyes gazing blankly, and news cameras glued to me. Hoping that I wouldn't faint from the hammering of my heart, I summoned a subliminal will for a boost of adrenalin to carry me, even after I concluded my poem.

A woman in the crowd's forefront smiled at me, as I stepped off of the steps. She had an easy smile, with the aura of a teacher and a revolutionary vision. "That was really great."She said to me, still sporting that easy smile.

Six months later following the unlawful attack that occurred upon me, on October 7th, 2005 by twelve members of the San Francisco Police Department, I saw her again. She was "Tiny"Lisa Gray-Garcia, co-founder of POOR Magazine/POOR News Network.

Our worlds immediately collided as we both shared similar visions in literary art, media and access.

A year later, I learned from POOR what the meanings, and value of what a healing tool is with literary art through their revolutionary Digital Resistance media and journalism training program and later their POOR Press publishing program. After writing my first book, a series titled "Citizens & Civilians Over Corruption: Savagely Removed Occupant" I knew what I was going to give to the world, and much, much more.

To write about one's painful experience through a path of healing re-introduces the fact shared by everyone at POOR that "writing is fighting."

POOR Press Publications integrates the voices segregated from Corporate Mainstream Media, and its industry of Amerikkka affiliates, through the literary art of the POOR Press Authors, themselves. Each POOR Press Author, including myself, although experienced different issues we face and write about; all of us have one thing voiced to world:

Silenced voices are untold journeys in of, themselves.

Taking Back the Land, Resisting Criminalization One Story at a time.

Los Viajes: The Journeys, a bilingual (resisting linguistic language domination) POOR Press Publication that chronicles the journeys of scholars ranging from migrant, indigenous, poverty, and a revolutionary worker are detailed in this book, with their very own voices. Stories, images, art, and the sound of people crossing borders all over Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) are all featured in Los Viajes.

Courage displayed from Ingrid De Leon in her escape from domestic violence and poverty from Guatemala, and battling barriers to sustain a stable life in the U.S.A. are heard in her poem, "I am scared." Prolific poetry from Muteado Silencio  revealing the horrors of how lavish lifestyles of America brainwash some undocumented immigrants into senseless competition in "What is the Amerikkkan Dream?"

The sorrows from a grandmother name Chispita for having to release her young grandson in order for him to be cured, while hanging on an ounce of faith they'll be someday reunited with tears of joy in "From Oaxca, Mexico." A poetic memoir from Tony Robles of his brief encounter with his grandfather in "Non-Returnable."

"Should we go to San Francisco?" Told they could not have hotel room extension, labeled as "bums." Dragging heavy bags while driving from strip mall to strip mall, gas station to mini mart, and then again. Terrified and unsure of what else they should do. Having friends, but no money and no hope for any money.

The mother and daughter team, "Mama"Dee Gray and "Tiny" Lisa Gray-Garcia, future co-founders of POOR Magazine/POOR News Network in "From Los Angeles to San Francisco."

Other stories of the silenced peoples in Los Viajes: The Journeys shows its reader that the struggle from each testimony in this book proves that people in poverty continue to face have the opportunity of "Taking Back the Land, Resisting Criminalization.....................One Story At a Time."

Filipino Building Maintenance Company (Dedicated to his uncle, Al Robles.)

Tony Robles is a native San Franciscan, community organizer, activist, co-teacher, co-editor, and a "Revolutionary Worker Scholar" of POOR Magazine/POOR News Network. Robles's book, Filipino Building Maintenance Company, drafts the reader's eyes in this depth detailed novel, combined with poetry of his life experiences, while maintaining a father and son work/love relationship.

His father, James Robles, a janitor by trade worked for the City and County of San Francisco from 1977-1978 before deciding to become self employed, by starting what would be the "Filipino Building Maintenance Company" thus defying the workforce-apartheid of the U.S.A.

"The house of a janitor is supposed to be clean. One would assume this to be true because the janitor performs his duties with the sacred mop, broom, and toilet brush." A lecture once given to him by his father.

Robles's poems present interesting themes when it comes to the reminiscence of their relationship, such as in "Broadway Chicken."
"Some of the best exchanges of words with my father came across the tables of Chinese restaurants. They weren't really exchanges, my father usually did all the talking."

Filipino Building Maintenance Company reveals to its reader of a father/son relationship, showing discipline, responsibility, the value and pride of hard work. It also shows motivation for entrepreneurship, and breaking barriers to future goals.......................such as writing.

Untold Stories of Amerikkka

Muteado Silencio is a member of the Po Poets project of POOR Magazine/POOR News Network, a Race, Media, Poverty, and Migrant Scholar. A native from Michoaca, Mexico, Muteado was raised on the eastside of Oakland, CA.

Experiencing what most of the youth in poor communities of color endure, such as poverty, racism, oppression, and violence, Muteado realized where he was standing at: "The New World." While living in a city with a high homicide rate, Muteado saw the bright side of the whole thing. He published his book through POOR Press Publications, in 2004 called Untold Stories of Amerikkka.

His book contains poetry (bilingual resistant to linguistic domination) that graphically details the indefinite immoral values of the U.S.A., such as slavery, war, poverty, violence, and the unrelenting attacks undocumented immigrants, and migrant people.

Additionally, Untold Stories of Amerikkka features graphic art and pictures expressing the impact of immorality from the U.S.A. has had on people. With the visual and vocal art instrumented by Muteado, Untold Stories of Amerikkka can be heard through his words as he sees the bright side of this country's callous culture, "a Rhythm was born inside the humankind."

Life, Struggle, and Reflection II: Raw and Uncut

Kim Swan, a.k.a Queennandi X-Sheba, is a Race, Media, and Poverty Scholar, Po Poet, Revolutionary Rap Villain, of POOR Magazine/POOR News Network, a motivational speaker, and a "Super Baby Mam" mothering three daughters.

Raised out of the San Francisco's Fillmore District, "The Moe" Queennandi is a formidable poetic voice for all poverty-stricken African Descent men, women, and children in general. All of them whom from which are daily chased by racism, police brutality, and Child Protective Services. (C.P.S.)

As a survivor of the streets, and the cruelties of modern day society, Queennandi categorizes these experiences in her second book released through POOR Press, Life, Struggle, and Reflection II: Raw and Uncut. Her life experience is referenced to the title, itself. It is a sequel from her first Life, Struggle, and Reflection, as she puts it, "Black By Popular Demand."

Queennandi's book contain numerous poems, such as the need for urgent prevention of today's ongoing problems, the oppression, disrespect of women, (Black Women in particular), angered feelings that follow as a result, and the massacre of revolutionary Black Men, past and present in her poem "Black Revelation."

In "Have You Ever Heard of a Tale?" challenges the uncaring that Life, Struggle, and Reflection II: Raw and Uncut, would not need future sequels expressing its content, if people could change for the better.

Complicated: Moving into the light

Ruyata Akio McGlothin, a.ka "RAM" is a member of the Po Poets Project, Race, Media and Poverty Scholar of POOR Magazine/POOR News Network. He is also a "Super Baby Daddy" fathering two daughters.

A native San Franciscan, survivor of police brutality, and racial profiling, RAM has released his third book through POOR Press called, Complicated: Moving into the light. His book poetically envisions into the reader's heart of what RAM's feelings are in his world.

Into a world of internalized love, regrets from unsanctioned addictions, road to recovery, and memory lanes of pain toured through his mind. Its very introduction is an induction of inspiration for those who are lost and unable to find their way in life:

"It's complicated In recovery, in love Poetically concentrated If you pull, or if you're shoved Get clean, trying to stay Shouldn't mean to get away Like its subtitle, RAM's book inspires anyone who's isolated into the dark to move into the light.

San Francisco County Jail Cookbook "Tu": Attack of the Ass Clowns

Brother Y is a Race, Media, Poverty, and Disability Scholar of POOR Magazine/POOR News Network. He is also a frontline fighter on the "War on Drugs", a formerly homeless veteran, and an advocate for medical cannabis patient's rights.

Living in a Single Room Occupancy (S.R.O.) Hotel for a number of years, Brother Y experienced many encounters of harassment. From property management to police regarding his legitimate use of marijuana, Brother Y details these events in his second book released through POOR Press titled, San Francisco County Jail Cookbook ˜Tu": Attack of the Ass Clowns.

A sequel to the first (released in 2008) he summarizes his resistance to the criminalization of marijuana, denied medication (while incarcerated), grievances made to uncaring property management and public officials. Brother Y returns informing the reader that although the "War on Drugs" charges against him were dropped, most recently, his struggle continues.

He defines the "Ass Clowns" as being a landlord, a security guard, a police officer, a prosecutor or district attorney who targets people in poverty.

Brother Y shows the reader that the San Francisco County Jail Cookbook series he wastes no time exposing a recipe for disaster, as he concurs, "Time to get down to the meat of the matter."

Non-Profit Industrial Complex: A Love Story and Other Poems

Thornton Kimes is a Race, Media, Poverty Scholar and staff writer for POOR Magazine/POOR News Network. He has also written poetry (some in haiku) for The "Street Sheet" a publication of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness. Before he joined POOR in 2008, Kimes worked at Goodwill Industries.

The release of his very first book, Non-Profit Industrial Complex: A Love Story and Other Poems, Kimes categorizes the elements in his experience of working such industry: "Nature, politics, love, weirdness, working for a Non-Profit organization, and Wizard of Oz imagery"

Kimes expresses his fascination for haiku and short poetry, in his book. He enjoys trying to say the most with the fewest words: "I'm not comfortable with longer poems, but that is changing. Non-Profit Industrial Complex: A Love Story is one of the longest poems I've written. We all live in Oz. Sometimes spectacularly strange, America/Oz feels like the Yellow Brick Road's traffic signals are broken and we're in a giant parking lot. Finding the way is a quest for more brain, more heart, more courage.............."

A first and foremost informative piece by, Thornton Kimes, not foretold by many.

Ray's Day

Marlon Crump is a Race, Media, Poverty Scholar and journalist for POOR Magazine/POOR News Network. He is also a Revolutionary Legal Scholar.

A survivor of police brutality and racial profiling, Crump earned the title "Revolutionary Legal Scholar" by representing himself in a civil suit against the City of San Francisco.

A prolific and talented writer in his own right, Crump has released his second book released through POOR Press titled, "Ray's Day." He reluctantly wrote this book to finally subside the demons (trauma) that plagued him and his family for many years.

Ray's Day is a novel that brings its reader into a deep, dark fantasy world of Crump and his callous confrontation against an individual, who committed unforgivable crimes upon his family. Creative graphic details, in fictitious form by Crump, the reader sees the true objective of Ray's Day when they hear his voice:

"I am ultimately hopeful that "Ray's Day" will equal a new day for all sexual assault victims to cope with their pain with self-healing..................by the potent antidote means of creativity, arts, and literacy.

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