by Leroy Moore and Tiny Gray-Garcia
In February, Poor Press will be releasing eight powerful and beautiful books, including “Black Disabled Ancestors” by Leroy Moore, “Unwritten Law” by Dee Allen, “When Mama and Me Lived Outside” by Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, “Disturbance Within Myself” by Audrey Candycorn, “Chimalli” by Muteado Silencio, “Horse Tuuxi: My Name is Kai!” by Angela Taylor, “Everybody’s Jesus” by Katana Barnes – the most diverse Poor book-making program in the history of Poor Press.
Topics include homelessness and street survival of a mother and daughter to police brutality to having Jesus in your life to a Native American children’s story to Black disabled ancestors to a single mother surviving her son being murdered to a pre-internet world seeing the future and finally the beautiful art and stories of indigenous P’urepecha from the lands of Michoacán, Mexico, displaced here in the United States – his intention to inspire his indigenous people to take the blanket, the paintings, the mud, the brushes and remember that we are craftspeople.
Poor Press is the poor people-led publishing arm of the grassroots, homeless and poor people-led movement known as POOR Magazine, which has been dedicated to publishing and producing the books, art, education and culture of very low, no-income, homeless, indigenous, disabled and incarcerated youth, adults and elders since 1996.
All of these powerful, ground-breaking publications are informed by the original theory of “Poverty Scholarship: Poor People-led Theory, Art, Words and Tears Across Mama Earth,” which was released in 2019 with an national tour and will be re-released in 2020 as part of this powerful collection.
The celebration and readings will take place at:
1) San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck’s Poetry Jam, Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-7ish, San Francisco Main Library, Latino Room, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
2) Wednesday, Feb. 26, 5 p.m., West Oakland Public Library, 1801 Adeline St., Oakland, CA 94607
3) IntegriTea, Friday, March 13, 7 p.m., 717 Marin St., Vallejo, CA.
Leroy Moore and Tiny Gray-Garcia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or Blackkrip@gmail.com.