numbers are in. In the wake of the worst recession since the Great
Depression of the early 20th Century, we now have more poor people than
we’ve had since we started keeping track of poor folk—46.2 million.
That’s over 15% of Americans now defined as poor, up from about 14% the
previous year. In case you need to understand how our country defines
poverty, if your family of four makes less than $22,314 a year, you are
Fernando Quijano III is the former President of the Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writer’s Association & author of From the Bottom Up, an op-ed column featured on theurbantwist.com. His work has been featured in Welter, Smile Hon, You’re in Baltimore, Baltimore Fishbowl & the poetry anthology, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire. An excerpt from his unpublished novel,Killing Lilith was included in the Apprentice House anthology Freshly Squeezed. He has been featured at the Baltimore Book Festival, as well as on Essential Sundays, Last Rites, StoopStorytelling & The Signal on WYPR. In his spare time, he volunteers to lead free writing workshops for Baltimore’s underserved communities. Fernando was awarded a B grant for his writing by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund in 2011. Check out Fernando's blog: The Word Pimp Spits Wisdom Like Seeds. You can "friend" Fernando on FaceBook: