January 10, 1990 |
Under the fierce fluorescence of a winter morning's sun, a ragged knot of homeless people rest against a Skid Row wall. Around them are bundles and grocery carts, and, in their midst, a figure sits in a wheelchair. From down the street a police car swings up, leveling a microphone blast at the motley bunch. "You're gonna get in front of the mission or get off the streets!" a woman's voice shrills. A group on the opposite curb merely shrug. They are homeless writers and this is part of their daily existence--the stuff they use to stir their muses.
February 11, 1990
The Southern California Booksellers Assn., PEN Center U.S.A. West, The National Book Foundation and The Homeless Writers Coalition, in conjunction with the publication of "Louder Than Words" (Vintage Books) present a series of events spotlighting homelessness in our society. TODAY Santa Monica. Musicians D. J.
June 28, 1991
A number of homeless and near-homeless artists will be featured in "Voices from the Sidewalks 5: A Skid Row Poetry and Performance Program," on Saturday at noon in San Julian Park. The free event is part of the "Visions" program, which presents cultural events including writing and acting workshops. Several members of the Homeless Writers' Coalition, including Dino, Russ Garner, K.O. and Southern Comfort, will be featured. The downtown park is at 5th Street and San Julian.
August 27, 1992
Robert Chambers, of the Homeless Writers Coalition, who says in the program that he was "driven to writing by the muse of necessity," has an ear for street talk but little knowledge of structure or shape in either of his two one-acts at Ebony Showcase Theatre.
July 16, 1995 |
The grassy natural amphitheater surrounding the Unity Arts Center was shared by homeless people, music lovers and neighborhood residents alike last weekend, as more than 200 people showed up to listen to live blues and poetry at a special concert for the homeless. "Blues for the Homeless" kicked off a series of concerts for the homeless that will be held every month at the center, with free admission for homeless people.