Empty Shoes


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Poems on the Hungry and the Homeless

All profits from this book are donated to Feeding America.

By Patrick T. Randolph, Ellen Kort, Linda Aschbrenner, Sharmagne Leland-St. John, Ellaraine Lockie, Jeri McCormick, Lester Smith, Ed Galing, Caroline Gill, M. Lee Alexander, Madeleine Beckman, Krikor Der Hohannesian, Bruce Dethlefsen, Naomi Fast, Ruth Sabath Rosenthal, Susan F. Kirch-Thibado, Cecilia Woloch, Denise Amodeo Miller, Bill Zavatsky, J. J. Steinfeld

151 poems about hunger and homelessness, from 80 poets, many with direct experience, such as: Dori Appel, a Red Cross disaster volunteer; Mary L. Downs, a volunteer at LEAVEN; Barbara Flaherty, former treatment center supervisor; Nancy Gauquier, formerly homeless in NY; Randall Horton, a Ph.D. candidate who advocates for the homeless and prison reform, having been homeless and in prison; Michele Leavitt, a teenage runaway in the 1970s, who later worked as a public defender; John J. Quirk, a member of Chicago’s Homeless Action Committee; Nancy Scott, a social worker who helps find housing; and Julian I. Taber, who treated homeless veterans in the V.A.

Also included: Ellen Kort, Wisconsin’s first Poet Laureate; Linda Aschbrenner, publisher of the first 100 issues of Free Verse; Pushcart nominees Sharmagne Leland-St. John and Ellaraine Lockie; Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets past president Jeri McCormick and current president Lester Smith.

Visit the Empty Shoes project Web site.

View the “I Don’t Know” Youtube video, based on Andy Davis’ poem from the anthology.

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Dimensions 1 × 5.25 × 8 in


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