Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is the story of my five years living on the mean and unforgiving streets of New York City. Though it deals with a crucial topic it is a testament that homelessness, as tragic as it is, is survivable.
Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is based upon the NPR Radio program This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass, which was broadcasted in 2008 across 5oo radio stations in the U.S, to an audience of over 2,000,000 listeners. The radio program was about me and my former homeless partner, Hobobob’s life as performing artists hacking out an inhospitable existence on the streets of New York.
The Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York, however, is based upon my personal experience of living outdoors and what I did to survive.
Even though the initial NPR radio program aired a full 37 minutes, longer than any other prod cast on This American Life at the time, I felt there was yet more to say about the growing phenomenon of homelessness. I also wanted explicate further upon my time spent without a place to call home and what I learned, which could serve to benefit those who might be unfortunate enough to find themselves in this horrific set of circumstances.
My memoirs delves deep into and sheds light upon the hither-to-unknown, shadowy world of the homeless and intends to dispel a lot of the myths associated with this peculiar state of affairs. What is more, it is designed to be a guide to anyone who might be suddenly thrust in this confusing, tangled maze, with the view to returning to a life of normalcy while maintaining their precious sanity.
Covering an assortment of topics germane to homeless life and highlighting the valuable lessons I attained The Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is a memoir with a common theme: Being homeless does not mean it is the end of the world. One can not only live through this adversity but also rise out of it, if they apply some of the examples I outlined in this book.
So, buckle up your seatbelts because you’re getting ready to embark upon a wild and unforgettable journey into the unknown!
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About the Author
Daniel Canada's foray into the wilderness of writing began in his senior year in high school, when he entered into and won the 1982 NBC Award for amateur journalism for New York City, after interviewing NBC's news reporters Marv Albert, Gabe Pressman and Larry Varas. After wandering about in an attempt to find the meaning of life, he found himself strongly entrenched in the New York City poetry scene, reading and performing under the name Obsidian. He also co-hosting two renown open mic poetry venues in New York City, the "Times Square Shout Out" and the "Shout Out at Ottos," from 2007-2010. As a result he and his co-host were the subjects of a documentary of NPR Radio's "This American Life," entitled "Social Engineering," hosted by Ira Glass. Daniel Canada aka Obsidian appeared on Columbia University Radio station WKCR-89.9FM, "Studio A Series," hosted by Anne Cammon Fiero, along with several members of the celebrated "Brownstone Poets." He has also soiled his hands in a little publishing, and has been twice published as a contributing poet in the anthology "Diner with the Muse," and “The Venetian Hour,” edited by Evie Ivy and sold at St. Marks Bookstore. Years earlier he had spent a decade researching the ancient Middle East, in a land that was once called Assyria and co-authored the yet-to-be published epic historical fiction novel entitled, "Hegemony."