On March 25th 2023 The Poor Magazine / PNN PNW (Poor News Network Pacific Northwest) Group of poverty scholars hosted a RoofLESS Radio Street Writing Workshop at Nickelsville. in Chief Si'ahl.
These are their stories.
Slam-Bio Po Poets Project Exercise
Name: Austin or Oscar
“Home”: Las Vegas
Where are your people from: Europe = (
A line about your struggle:
I made it out but
I wanna turn back
And help others make
It out too - in memory
Of all those lost to death, addiction, prison,
Or marriage Lovin you!
Community of abundance beyond capitalism
No cops, no guns, no abuse, just love, peace, justice, and life. No pain, reparations, land back, embrace and nurture trans, all, or ?gender folks, real equity and quality no more injustice, court bench warrants, handcuffs, or prisons. No more time clocks, Nordstrom or McDonald’s.
Baltimore, descendant of East Coast slaves, unrecorded origin unknown, but not forgotten
I grew up like them, traveling, unstable, lost
My caged parents couldn’t see freedom
And therefore, couldn’t see me
But now I’m strong
But now I see
But now I’m love
Where: The Great Pacific NorthWest
Where are your people from: Africa
A Line: The weather (being when dealing with things 24/7)- even if it is slight
Vision: -all organizations collaborate to get actual data that will do something for all those in need
“Where” you are trans
Line -3 about struggle
Dogs, free city, New Haven, CT, also a world of g’s and og’s and ug’s
Having not arrived,
Unsure where homefulness is,
Being willing to be willing to
Look, to land, being open to -, consolidating
Being eater*-feeding/and be fed- sharing in placenta, coral becoming a nexus in a nest(?)
A layer of nurturance, locating myself, becoming a dot, a grain in an electrical storm, shining in -- that I didn’t believe into.
Becoming eater. Electrical charge
I’m Fem (they/their) I’m from occupied Waupanog territory and released from psychiatric and addiction prisons. I raised - word - Pablo Eloie
Not yet to homefulness but willing to be willing to -, finding - in my mouth that tastes the names of the dead, dying and the living, all of us electrified grains in an Aurora Borealis
Name: Carol D Huey
Where: Bremerton, WA, Seattle, WA
Where are your people from: Charleston, SC area
A Line: Today, I consider myself a survivor, having been through many struggles in life starting with addiction, mental health issues — to include night tremors + PTSD. I am grateful for where I am today; in permanent housing. I too went through a fire 1 ½ years ago. I thank ?, I survived that, lived in tent for short while, then tiny homes + finally permanent housing
Name: Greg (they/them)
Where: Seattle, Pacific Northwest
Where are your People from: The Soufend, Seattle, (Rainier Beach, Othello)
A Line: After an eviction, loss of my storage, RV, + car, I’m just glad to have a solid roof over my head. And that I still have my dog + cat after all these years.
Vision: I aim to be the person I needed when I was younger. I strive to create a space around myself where folks feel comfortable being authentic.
I’d love to see all my friends + family happy, healthy, + safe
Tiny, but Big
I love my small home
Having one is huge to me
No more sleeping cold.
Every time I shine some light on I really who I am I make it impossible for me to hide
Where: Hamilton, Ohio
Where are your People from: The south Georgia
A Line: Mental health, oppression, housing at the moment
Name: “Taffy” Harriet Inez Killgore
Where: Bay Area, Earth, sometimes outer space : )
Where are your People from: Norwegian, Native American
A Line: Housing Challenged All my 52 yrs. Helping Others wiping tears Overcome addiction, the struggle is real
Where: San Francisco By Area Ancestral Land of the Ohlone Born in colonially Known Oakland, CA From the wounded womb of my blood mother
My home, and where i’m from is Earth Mother
Where are your People from: My people are from the Black, Dead, Red Sea of the colonizer’s way. Atlantic
Yemanjả, Oya, Oshun...Orisha. Oakland
Descendant of Arkansas. Scott Family, Caucom plantation.
Slaves. Captives. Captured
A Line: Liberating from White Supremacy Culture. Structure.
I see the arrival of all Higher Powers, Creator and Source of peace, prosperity, purpose
Soon. And very soon.
Susan Marcos Chavela
Crisis: self, health
Self is Health
The universal necessity of good form
Is the universal need
For ALL Inclusive
Universal Health automatic
Coverage for ALL American
Citizens A mandate to the
Rewrite of the United States constitution
Basic Primary needs- Dis? But Food - shelter- health care without People Die!
Suey Mary Pelsri. -
-- 3 “T” is Time Talent Taxes
---mixed - set aside for
See This Primary- vote Native
Homeland own Home city