The Huffington post is currently running a series called “The Working Poor” about people who work full time and yet are still having trouble making the ends meet. Just today, they posted my article on the subject, which you can read here.
If you read through the article, you’ll here about my own personal experiences with student loan debt, as well as that of people I know. More than that, though, you will learn about the unfair advantage that the federal government gives Big Banking while taking advantage of students around the country. Though banks receive massive loans, they get them at a near 0% interest rate — students pay much more than that. My own loans average 6.8% interest.
This might not seem like a lot, but for someone just starting out in life, it’s rough. And when you think about the government profiting off of its citizens while giving more-than-ideal borrowing conditions to banks and large corporations, you should get mad. You should get mad because it makes no sense. In a country where we are beginning to lag behind the rest of the developed word in terms of education, we should be giving our population every advantage to do well and learn — not shackle them with endless debt.
I hope you agree with me. And if you don’t, I offer only conversation so that you can hear my side and I can hear yours. The link again is: here.
Because I’m just oh so conceited, I present to you some photos from the reading I gave at the UConn Co-Op on November 12th in support of the Covenant Soup Kitchen. All photos are courtesy of the Co-Op’s facebook page.
Fellow reader of the night, Kate Schapira
Kate Schapira read from a number of her collections of poetry, including The Soft Place, How We Saved the City, and a chapbook whose title eludes me. Really a remarkable poet!
Just me addressing a sea of hair
It really was nice to see such a packed audience come out for a night of poetry and community. It’s not too late to help out! Head on over to the Covenant Soup Kitchen’s website to see how you can do your part.
One of the beautiful faces that will greet you at the soup kitchen
My poem, ‘Gastronomica,’ appears in the latest issue of The Write Life, An Ode to Words
One of the poems from my book, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer, has recently been republished in the latest issue of The Write Life.
The poem, titled ‘Gastronomica,’ puts a new twist on a couple of common phrases that we use today — take a look at the issue, An Ode To Words, to read! The issues are free if you register your email address on the site; a link to view the pdf will be sent to your inbox with each issue. Or, you can download the free app on your iPhone/iPad and purchase copies for a small fee.
Next Tuesday (November 12th) at 6pm I will be reading from my book of poetry Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer at the UConn Co-Op on the Storrs Campus. Titled “Creative Sustenance,” the event is to benefit the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic, CT.
I’ll be reading alongside fellow poet Kate Schapira whose work includes The Soft Place and The Ground/The Pass/The Wave. Join us to support this amazing cause led by the Creative Writing Program at UConn; bring a canned good or donate a few dollars and I might even sign a copy of my book!
A few weeks ago I posted about Ground Zero, a poetry anthology that was accepting submissions. It has finally been published and is ready to order!
Focused on ideas of mental health, suicide, depression, and addiction, all proceeds of the book go towards Do It For Daron, a suicide prevention project based in Ottawa. It was edited and published as a joint effort between Good Morning Bedtime Story and Retcon Poet.
“Foundation,” one of the poems from my book Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer, is included in the anthology. Centered around a young boy trapped in an abusive relationship with his father, the poem focuses on thoughts of love, family, transformation, and freedom.
From the official website:
GROUND ZERO is the definitive poetry project centered on mental health. Co-produced by Retcon Poet and Good Morning Bedtime Story, this collection features over fifty poems from almost a dozen different writers.
From the grips of agoraphobia to a bird’s eye view inside a broken home; tackling bullying, homophobia and the scores of teen suicides in the last decade; through the heartbreak of schizophrenia and clinical depression, we have one question to ask:
Is it possible to write our way to a better world, and if not, a better state of mind?
Featuring seven poems written exclusively for this collection, GROUND ZERO seeks to answer that with a definitive yes.
I hope you can all find some kind of solace in the works included. Pick up a copy today to support an amazing charity, and an amazing project!