The Streetwise Cycle is being reprinted in serial format in a Florida street paper!

Here’s a photo of me with the first story, In Motion, as it appears in the paper.

What is a street paper?

These are newspapers that are designed as social services to help homeless people earn some money, while maybe even getting their writing published. You’ll sometimes see them referred to as “homeless papers.” Homeless people sell them, and pocket a little change for every issue they sell.

Content in the papers is usually focused on items of interest to homeless people or those of us who care about the homeless. Some of the writing is written by the people who sell the paper, or other homeless folks in the community. The paper usually has a few paid or volunteer staff who write additional content and take care of design, printing and other back-end work.

There are homeless papers all over the country. In fact, all over the world.

Why did I let News from the Road reprint my book for free?

I’m a big fan of street papers. Whenever I travel, if I run into someone selling them, I make sure to buy a copy (or two). A street paper is a mashup of two things I care about - an anti-poverty jobs program combined with a literary effort to help people tell their own stories, in their own words.

I was thrilled when the Victoria Street Newz in British Columbia ran a review of The Streetwise Cycle.  

When News from the Road contacted me and asked if I’d they could reprint all the stories over the course of nine issues, of course I said yes. I hope my work can help sell a few more street papers and put a little more money in the pockets of men and women in Florida who are struggling to make it. Sure, I’ll get a bit free publicity out of it, but that’s just a bonus.

So the next time you’re out on the streets and someone tries to sell you a street paper, give it a try. You never know what you might find inside.
 
 
I dropped by Occupy LA yesterday and did a guerrilla reading of the story Fortune 500 from The Streetwise Cycle

Here's the video! (Or watch it here)
 
 
Looking to buy your own copy of The Streetwise Cycle

This being the era of the online "filter bubble," I'm always creating more options where you can find it. 

You can get the hard copy and the ebook directly from the publisher. Or you can buy it on AmazonB&NDiesel or Kobo.  

You can download and listen to the audio book from iTunes or Podiobooks.  

If you have a favorite website where you think my book should appear, drop me a line
 
 
If you enjoyed the ten minute version of Terry Wolverton's talk at the party (or if you missed it), you can hear the full half-hour version over here on my website. 

Don't forget to check out the Future of Publishing Think Tank website with our map of Southern California indie lit outlets (booksellers, publishers, reading series, etc.). 
http://foptt.com
The interview originally aired on Indymedia On Air on KPFK radio in Los Angeles on March 14. 

 
 
 
Singer-songwriter Alanna Lin (a.k.a. Fascinoma) wrote a lovely song inspired by The Streetwise Cycle and performed it live at the party. 

Listen to the song here: 
   
Click over to the Fascinoma page on Bandcamp.com to download the mp3 and read the lyrics. 

From The Streetwise Cycle song: 
   
   Ain't got gasoline to start your car 
   Pure man power drives your shopping cart 
   No cash money but you got your heart 
   Streetwise, sleep tight 
   Your policy is right 

   No one wants you 
   To know their name 
   Cuz you might be the only one they blame 
   Give away anything you got to eat 
   Streetwise, sweet life    
   Now you may go in peace
 
 
Here's the program from Saturday's launch party for The Streetwise Cycle, with details about the book and everyone whose work appeared there.  

Click "Fullscreen" to read it, and click "Print" to take it with you. 
For best effects, print it double sided in landscape mode on 8.5x11 plain paper and fold it in half. 
 
 
I had such a great time at the book launch party last night! Thank you to everyone who came - we filled the house at the Echo Park Film Center!

Here are a few photos from the event. If you have photos to share, please send them along.
You can find much more about me and my book on my Facebook page

If you'd like to buy a copy of The Streetwise Cycle, it's available on Amazon and Lulu, or you can download it for your favorite e-reader
 
 
Tomorrow night, put on your reading shoes and make your way down to the Echo Park Film Center for The Streetwise Cycle book launch party!

Click here for all the details. 

In the meantime, enjoy some photos I took in January of the amazing new library in Alexandria, Egypt, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Bibliotecha Alexandrina
 
 
Here's a preview of what you can expect at The Streetwise Cycle book launch party, this Saturday night (Mar 26) at the Echo Park Film Center: 

Doors open at 7:30. Program begins at 8 pm 

While you're waiting for the program to begin you can 
As for the program, we'll have 
After the program I'll be selling and signing copies of the book. Hang out and enjoy the food and all the entertainment. 

If you're still looking to enjoy the Echo Park vibe on into the evening, join me at the El Prado Bar for an unofficial official afterparty
 
 
Zoë Ruiz makes envelopes. She creates them from unusual materials and in unexpected ways. Since I'm lucky enough to know Zoë and her work, I asked if she would make a set of envelopes based on The Streetwise Cycle

Using printouts of each story in the cycle, Zoë has created envelopes that reflect on her experience of the book. They will be on display as part of the book launch party on March 26.  

It's all part of the DIY, lo-fi, multidisciplinary principles of the book and my personal aesthetic. 
 
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Zoë Ruiz makes envelopes
Zoë studied creative witing at UC Santa Cruz, as well as Spanish literature and feminist studies. Currently she lives in LA where she works at a literacy nonprofit. Her writing has appeared in Utne.com and The Rumpus, and one of her zines is in the Special Collections Department at Occidental College Library. Her most recent blog is Fishes and Honey