For this special evening, “Poverty Scholars” Leroy Moore and Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia of POOR Magazine present their revolutionary children’s books, poetry and prose. They’ll share teaching strategies for how to educate children, youth and adults about poverty, homelessness, racism, ableism, and displacement from the perspective of those most impacted. Co-sponsored by The Poetry Center with the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and the Departments of Africana Studies, History, and Women & Gender Studies at San Francisco State University, along with the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, this event is free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible, though please plan to arrive on time as we are expecting a large audience!
Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia) is a formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, revolutionary journalist, lecturer, poet, visionary teacher and single mama of Tiburcio, daughter of a houseless, disabled Mama Dee, and the co–founder of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE. She is the author of Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America, published by City Lights, The Hardworker/El Trabajador, on POOR Press, and the soon to be released Poverty Scholarship: Poor People-led Theory, Art, Words and Tears Across Mama Earth. With her Mama Dee and fellow poverty skolaz, she co-founded PeopleSkool, Homefulness, a homeless people’s solution to homelessness, and Deecolonize Academy.
Leroy F. Moore Jr., Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation, since the 1990s has written the column “Illin-N-Chillin” for POOR Magazine. Moore is one of the founding members of National Black Disability and an activist around police brutality against people with disabilities. His cultural work includes the film documentary “Where Is Hope: Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities,” along with spoken-word CDs, poetry books and the children’s book Black Disabled Art History 101, published by Xochitl Justice Press. His upcoming book is entitled Krip-Hop Komic, Graphic Novel Vol.1: Brown Disabled Young Woman Super Shereo Brings Disability Justice to Hip-Hop, due February 2019 on PoorPress.