Poverty Hero Project
Literary and Visual Art honoring a new literary Hero - The Poverty Hero.
The Poverty Hero Project was a literary and visual art project launched in 2001 by artists at POOR Magazine in collaboration with Community Defense Inc. The three lead artists; Lisa Gray-Garcia, Leroy Moore and Dee Gray facilitated a series of 10 eight week workshops on the creation of this new form of literary hero.
These workshops culminated in a 55 page full color anthology published by POOR Press and a series of 12 radio narratives broadcast on PNN's KPFA radio show.
To get a copy of the book or CD of the radio shows please contact: POOR Press (415) 863-6306
The Poverty Heroes Project continues by honoring the lives of youth, adults and elders who have struggled, resisted, lived through poverty, racism, disability, criminalization and violence locally and globally.
fo feeding me healthy to run fast and always see clear
without any money near
for dreaming always of mo betta even tho
u were filled wit so much sorrow
for living through evictions and endless poverty
and never giving up the dedication
to something u saw in me
fo saving me from pedophile glances
and teaching me all your ritmo and carrying my soul through so many dances
I got to know Trent James Hayward in a journalism course at Media Alliance in San Francisco.
I had the privilege to work with him, the best writer in the group, for a couple of stories. He was always a source of fun and professionalism. He tought me a lot about writing and talked to me about his mother and family living back east.
Trent will always have a place in my heart.
Time takes a cigarette
Puts it in your mouth
You pull on a finger,
Then another finger,
The waterwall is calling,
It lingers, then you forget:
Oh, no, no, no;
You’re a Rock and Roll suicide.
You walk past the café,
But you don’t eat
When you’ve lived too long.
Oh, oh, oh, oh;
You’re a rock and roll Suicide.
--David Bowie: Rock and Roll Suicide
I had the honor of meeting Trent Hayward at the community newswroom in the offices of Poor Magazine. I was impressed as he claimed the persona of the Chief Justice of the High Court when issues of poverty were discussed. Trent's presence not only empowered everyone in attendance on that afternoon, but the unpretentious contribution he brought to the newsroom made him an instant friend to me.
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