Category Archives: Boston

KEEPING HOUSE: Helping Boston Residents Stay in their Home Post-Foreclosure

“KEEPING HOUSE: Helping Boston Residents Stay in their Home Post-Foreclosure” is the cover story in the April 20, 2012 issue of Spare Change News.

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Literary Massachusetts: Spare Change News interviews with authors Nick Flynn and Marge Piercy

Nick Flynn: From Boston’s Pine Street Inn to Hollywood is a talk with the author behind the movie “Being Flynn” starring Robert DeNiro, Paul Dano, and Julianne Moore, with a homeless shelter in Boston as its backdrop. Also featured in the March 23-April 5 issue of Spare Change News is an interview with the great poet, fiction writer and feminist Marge Piercy.

The March 23-April 5 issue can be read in PDF format here.

My ad campaign for Spare Change News – “I read it for the articles”

There are some 120 publications within the Glasgow-based International Network of Street Papers, with a global readership of over 6 million per edition. At their best, street papers challenge public perceptions of poverty and social injustice and give voice to the seldom heard. At their worst, they are "pity papers" that passersby purchase because they feel bad for the vendor selling it on the street.

We want people to buy the paper for the quality of the content. Hence the slogan, "I read it for the articles," which has been said before about another, very different type of publication …

(Artwork by Micah Stahl)

Dewey Squares Dispatches: News, Editorials and Poetry from Occupy Boston


Dispatches from the Occupy Boston encampment at Dewey Square, and a trial program allowing food stamps to be used for “healthy” fast foods, are featured in the Nov. 4, 2011 issue of Spare Change News. PDF

Spare Change News Interview with Harvard Economist Edward Glaeser

Glaeser’s “Triumph of the City” explains How Our Cities Make Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

Spare Change News Interview with Mass. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray on Housing First

The Aug. 12, 2011 issue of Spare Change News features an in-depth talk with Mass. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, Gov. Deval Patrick’s point man on homeless policy. PDF

Hip-Hop and Homelessness


Featured in the July 8, 2011 issue of Spare Change News is an exclusive interview with KRS-One, the artist, as he prepares to travel to New England for his teach hip hop tour. Kris Parker, the person, reminisces about the irony within the connection of homelessness and hip-hop and how he once lived on the streets for over 10 years. Read the story.