Lee: vendor-writing

“I’m in the country now” Street Sense vendor reflects on new life on the farm

Street Sense vendor Eric Thomson-Bey recently left Washington D.C. for employment on a farm in Pennsylvania. He reflects on his new rural life.

Street paper vendor: We need sex education without the taboos

Canadian vendor Jo assesses how a lack of sex education affected her life choices. And are younger generations really better educated or just more exposed?

L’Itinéraire vendor reveals reality of sex work to challenge stigmas

L’Itinéraire vendor Jo believes Canada’s controversial prostitution bill “isn’t suited to the reality of sex work” and hopes more sex workers can “find the courage to speak out and share their point of view.”

Canadian street paper vendor urges war on homelessness

“After seven years of being homeless, I can see firsthand why everything is a mess – which inspired me to write this article.” Megaphone vendor Ron McGrath invites us all to solve homelessness together.

INSP Awards: meet our finalists for Best Vendor Contribution to a street paper

From an insight into life on the streets to a gripping personal account of the Gulf War, discover our six finalists for Best Vendor Contribution in this year’s INSP Awards.

Special anniversary edition of L’Itinéraire is 100% vendors – literally

To celebrate its anniversary, Montreal street paper L’Itinéraire invited its talented vendors to take charge of the whole paper. The result is 100% vendors… and 100% brilliant.

Hard-hitting Street Roots zine shares Portland vendors’ experiences of sleeping rough

Street Roots vendors share their stories of homelessness and sleeping rough in a visually stunning black and white zine published by the Portland street paper.

Speak Up vendor creates activity book to help kids understand homelessness

A formerly homeless street paper vendor from Michigan has created an activity book to help children and their parents better understand homelessness.

“We do more for the world than just sell newspapers”

“Being a vendor was one of the most life-changing events for me,” says Marc D. Goldfinger. He reflects on 23 years as a vendor, writer and editor at Spare Change News.

What would the Night Before Christmas be like if you were homeless?

Denver VOICE vendor Brian Augustine has written a tribute to Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, with a personal twist.

Big Issue North Vendor marks Remembrance Day with poem

Macca, Big Issue North vendor from Hull pens a poem about the poppy for Remembrance Day. Read his wonderful poem about the symbol of remembrance here.

Vendor writing: Random Life Particles by Barbara Bartlett

Denver VOICE vendor Barbara Bartlett shares her insights on what it is like to find yourself homeless in Denver in Random Life Particles. Her story was a finalist in the Vendor Contribution category at the INSP Awards 2015.

Vendor writing: Life on the Street

“Writing poetry uplifts me,” says street paper vendor Howard, who sells Big Issue North in Leeds, UK. Read his wonderful poem about the importance of street papers here.

Poverty kills: a memorial service for homeless Australians

A memorial service was recently held in Melbourne, Australia, for those who died while homeless. Big Issue vendor and contributor Mariann Biron pays her respects in this poignant and powerful piece that reflects on the stark reality that poverty kills.

Real life story: Hope Dead Winter

“I am ugly to some; an eyesore to most, and invisible to all but a few.” This moving story from street paper vendor Dustin LaPres – who sells Speak Up Zine in Charlotte, North Carolina – is an unflinching examination of his loneliness as he battles addiction.

Big Issue vendor’s diary hailed “compelling” by top authors

A diary written by a Big Issue vendor about his experiences sleeping rough has attracted a wave of attention and praise from established authors and members of the public.

Vendor writing: A Late Dinner With My Son

“Our voices matter,” said Jennifer Alexander, a vendor for The Contributor in Nashville whose poignant poem A Late Dinner With My Son won best Vendor Contribution at the INSP Awards 2015. Read it here.