Community Profile : Word On The Street Celebrates the Voices of the Homeless
The Word On The Street Bulletin Board seeks to connect with and celebrate the voices of marginalized community members. It was launched in September 2020 by Literacy Central Vancouver Island (LCVI) with funding from the City of Nanaimo.
This month, Dann Denis became the first local author to be published on the board. Dann is experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo. He carries with him a binder of his poems and a long-standing ambition to be published. Dann’s poem Home: A Lesson Learned is currently on display in the window at 19 Commercial Street (Well Read Books), downtown Nanaimo.
Writing and showing your work is about “self-actualization”, Dann says, and he’s thankful for the opportunity to realize his potential. “I have the gift to write what I think, feel, see and do!” he says, and he wants to share his gift. Dann hopes to recruit other contributors and work to create a compiled edition of Word On The Street.
Dann will be helping to distribute LCVI’s new “Express Yourself” booklets to others in the homeless community. These booklets contain writing and drawing pages, literacy activities and pull-out submission forms.
The Word On The Street Community Bulletin Board is a communication space for people facing homelessness and those without regular internet access. On display 24/7 in the window of LCVI/Well Read Books, the board displays news, jokes, community announcements and a map of local services. A feature section is reserved for the work of local artists and writers who are, have been, or are at risk of becoming homeless.
Word On The Street celebrates the work of experts and experimenters alike. Let your clients and community know they’re taking submissions.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booklet or submission form, or to send a digital submission. Submissions can also be returned to a literacy worker or through the mail slot at:
Literacy Central Vancouver Island
19 Commercial Street, downtown Nanaimo
Above Well Read Books
Community announcements and Program updates can also be posted on the board, please email to: email@example.com
LCVI is an active member of the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition and promotes, encourages and enhances literacy skills for children, adults and families through the ongoing support of coordinators, tutors and mentors. Learn more: literacycentralvi.org