Go to www.poormagazine.orgPOOR Magazine Staff Directory


Race, Poverty, Disability, Youth, Migrant and Indigenous Scholars in Residence:

Director: Tiny (aka Lisa Gray–Garcia)

Tiny (aka Lisa Gray–Garcia) is a poverty scholar, revolutionary journalist, PO' Poet, spoken word artist, welfareQUEEN, lecturer, mixed race mama of Tiburcio and daughter of Dee and the co–founder and executive director of POOR Magazine/PoorNewsNetwork. POOR is a grassroots, non–profit, arts organization dedicated to providing extreme access to media, education and arts for youth, adults and elders struggling with poverty, racism, disability and border fascism locally and globally. Tiny is a teacher, multi–media producer, and author of Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America, has just been published by City Lights.

She has innovated several revolutionary media, arts and education programs for youth, adults and elders including the first welfare to work journalism program in the US for poor mothers transitioning off of welfare, PoorNewsNetwork — an on–line magazine and monthly radio show on KPFA, and several cultural projects such as the Po' Poets Project, Youth in Media, welfareQUEENs, and many more.

She is also a prolific writer who has authored over a hundred articles on issues ranging from poor women and families, interdependence, and the cult of individualism to gentrification, homelessness, police brutality, incarceration, art and global and local poverty.

Tiny is currently working on her next book: Poverty Scholarship #101- A PeoplesText:

For more information see www.tinygraygarcia.com.

Race, Poverty, Disability, Youth, Migrant and Indigenous Scholars in Residence:

Tony Robles

Tony Robles is a Race and Poverty Scholar in Residence at POOR Magazine.

A San Francisco native, Tony is a poet and children’s bookauthor, who has published works in over 30 publications as well asauthored three children’s books. He has also conducted numerouscreativewriting workshops in SROs throughout San Francisco and works as anadvocate for the Community Housing Partnership.

A PO’ Poet and digitalresistor, Tony is a working class scholar,community organizer and co-editor of POOR Magazine/POORNewsNetwork.

Vivian Hain

Vivian Hain is a Race and Poverty Scholar in Residence at POORMagazine. She is a formerly homeless mother who collaborativelywrote My Life x 4(a POOR press publication) sharing her daughter’s story about growing up homeless in America.

WelfareQUEEN, digitalresistor, poverty and race scholar and mother of three, Vivian is a graphic designer, media producer for PNN and a social justice advocatein the Bay Area. She has also done extensive organizing around welfarereform and issues affecting poor women and families.

Laure McElroy

Laure McElroy is a Race, Poverty and Disability Scholar in Residenceat POOR Magazine and a welfareQUEEN, digital resistor, POOR pressauthor, PNN columnist and a race, poverty and disability scholar.

Aformerly homeless mother living with a disability, Laure is a writer,poet and co–teacher in POOR's Race, Poverty and Media Justice Instituteas well as a POOR board member.

She recently published System Bitch, a POOR press publication, exploring systems in modern society.


Jewnbug is a Race, Poverty and Disability Scholar in Residence and aspoken word artist of mixed heritage and a hip-hop mommie for lifestruggling with poverty.

A Po’ Poet, welfareQUEEN, POOR Press authorand early childhood educator, she started writing at age nine and hasbeen bustin on the mic since 1997 from Frisko to Canadato Cuba.

She is the author of Selected Wordz(Revised Copy #2)and isthe founder and executive director of A.R.T. (Artistikal RevolutionaryTeaching), a program that facilitates the learning of academics throughvarious creative expressions and explorations. She is also theco–founder of F.A.M.I.L.Y. Project, which promotes multigenerationallearning to the children of families struggling with poverty at POORMagazine.

Byron Gafford

Byron Gafford is a Race and Poverty Scholar in residence at POORMagazine.

A child abuse survivor, Byron has taken his own painfulexperiences of struggle and survival and shared them through poetry,lecture and workshops to educate the public about the numerous problemswith foster care and Child Protective Services(C.P.S.).

He is a mentorto many children in the Bay Area and has spoken at many high schools,colleges and events on child abuse, poetry and survival.

Marlon Crump 

Marlon Crump is a Race and Poverty Scholar in Residence at POORMagazine. He is also a digital resistor, writer, poet and journalistfor POOR Magazine.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Marlon came to SanFrancisco fighting poverty and systematic oppression.

He is a survivorof police brutality and racial profiling. He is also a revolutionarylegal advocate for people struggling with C.P.S. and police brutality.

Brother Y

Brother Y is a Race, Poverty and Disability Scholar in Residence atPOOR Magazine and a frontline resistance fighter in the war on drugs,both as an advocate for medical cannabis, and for an individual’sfreedom to choose.

A formerly homeless veteran and race and povertyadvocate, Brother Y enjoys writing and cooking in his free time andbelieves in the power of natural and spiritual (supernatural) healing.


Ruyata Akio McGlothlin is no longer working with POOR Magazine, PNN, or POOR Press.

Bruce Allison

Bruce Allison is a Poverty and Disability Scholar in Residence atPOOR Magazine.

He lectures and workshops on hidden disabilities, mainlydyslexia.

A San Francisco native, Bruce is former vet against his willand a published POOR Press author. He is also a columnist for PNNcovering issues of politics, elder and disabled abuse and homelessness.

Leroy Moore

Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. is a Race, Poverty and Disability Scholarin Residence at POOR Magazine and an African American writer, poet,community activist and feminist.

Leroy was born with Cerebral Palsy inBuffalo, New York in 1967 and has been sharing his perspective onidentity, race and disability for the last thirteen years.

He is aconsultant on Race and Disability and a columnist for POORMagazine. He has studied, worked and lectured in the field of race anddisability in the United States, United Kingdom, Holland, Canada andSouth Africa.

Leroy currently lectures for Speak Out, a nationalspeakers bureau. His readings, lectures and workshops are a mixture ofpersonal, historical, political and cultural experiences and the rawreality of being Black and disabled in the U.S. Leroy is one of theleading voices in the field of crimes, police brutality and wrongfulincarceration of people with disabilities, and racism in the disabledcommunity.

He has also produced a hip–hop mixtape (Krip–Hop Volume 1& 2) featuring disabled hip–hop artists from around theworld.

Jasmine Hain

Jasmine Hain, 14, is a writer, poet and daughter of poverty scholarVivien Hain and Youth Scholar in residence at the Race, Poverty andMedia Justice Institute at POOR Magazine as well as a Youth Elder atthe F.A.M.I.L.Y Skool (Family Access to Multi-culturalIntergenerational Learning with our Youth) at POOR Magazine which is arevolutionary teaching and learning project for children and familiesstruggling with poverty which incorporates a social justice and arts ,multi-cultural and multi-lingual curriculum for families, children andelders learning together to come out of poverty and resist racist,classist education models locally and globally.

As well, Jasmine is the author of My Life x Four published by POORPress, a book of art, poetry and resistance about Jasmine, her twosisters and her mama’s experience with houselessness in Oakland.

Jasmine haslived in the Bay Area her entire life, havingexperienced several years of homelessness and adversity, which has ledher on a path to self–empowerment through advocacy, becoming a voice ofconsciousness and empowerment for youth in poverty today.

Jasmine, anhonor student at Oakland School for the Arts iscurrently a Visual Arts major but, continues to advocate and speak atlegislative hearings both locally and nationally on social justiceissues that impact families in poverty like her own.

When Jasminegraduates from high school, she plans to attend UCBerkeley to major in public law and policy for social justice, bothnationally and globally and wishes to travel the world with her Mothersomeday.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams is a Race, Poverty and Disability Scholar inResidence at POOR Magazine.

A recent graduate of POOR Magazine’s Race,Poverty and Media Justice Institute, Michelle is a race and povertyscholar who lectures and conducts workshops on the history andcontinuation of racism inAmerica, especially in regards to the education system.

A mother oftwo, Michelle is also a PNN columnist and advocate for mothers andstudents.

Theodora Mays

Theodora Mays is a Race and Poverty Scholar in residence at POORMagazine.

Theodora is a PNN columnist and community advocate and writesarticles and holds workshops on issues of family, poverty and racism.


Queennandi is a Race and Poverty Scholar in Residence at POORMagazine.

She is a 33 year old misplaced Queen, survivor of thestreets, recently orphaned, revolutionary rap villain,mother–lover–souljah who began writing at the age of five to cope withthe neutralization of Black Liberation.

Even at a young age, Queennandiwas wise enough to realize the spiritual struggle and that it startedwith her. Regardless of being knocked down numerous times, Queenanndihas marched on to become an author, actress and motivationalspeaker–mother of the people. She is also a PO’ Poet, POOR Press authorand PoorNewsNetwork columnist.

*Mariposa "Mari" Villaluna

Mariposa Villaluna is no longer working with POOR Magazine, PNN, or POOR Press.

Silencio Muteado

Indigenous Purepecha/Raza artist, writer, media producer, teacher and poet from Michoacan, Mexico. Co–teacher of the Poetas POBRES/Po Poets Project at Prensa POBRE (POOR Magazine), In/migrant & Indigenous and revolutionary artist & scholar in residence at the Race, Poverty Media Justice Institute and staff writer for Voces de inmigrantes en resistencia and community Activist. Actor and writer with People of Color Action Theatre (POCAT) "We did not cross the border, the border crossed us" Raised in the East Side of Oakland by his single mother, born in Michoacan made in Oakland in a beautiful community of Black and Brown folks, land of the Homicides and Sideshows. "My pen is my gun, my words are my bullets", Done work with Color Ink, Theater of the Oppress, Oakland Unified School District, Unity Concepts, La Carpa del Feo....

Leadership, Media and Arts Education for children, youth, families and individuals struggling with poverty