Conversation with Housing Rights Advocate Mark Lipman

Mark is the founder of VAGABOND ( and the Culver City Small Press Book Festival.

His other notables are: Recipient of the 2015 Joe Hill Labor Poetry Award; winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Awards for The Border Crossed Us (an anthology to end apartheid) Editor and publisher of RISE (an anthology of Power and Unity) and EXTREME (an anthology for social and environmental justice)

A writer, poet, multi-media artist and activist, is the author of nine books, most recently, The Role of the Revolutionary Poet in Society and a Strategic Vision for the 21st Century; Imposing Democracy; Poetry for the Masses; and Global Economic Amnesty. His work has also appeared in notable international anthologies such as, 21 Poetas por la Paz, (21 Poets for Peace), (Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco) and Coiled Serpent, (Tia Chucha Press).

His latest collection of public comments, poem and essays, Dear City Council, will launch nationally on August 1st, 2021. Co-founder of the Berkeley Stop the War Coalition (USA), Agir Contre la Guerre (France) and Occupy Los Angeles, he has been an outspoken critic of war and occupation since 2001.

Mark uses poetry to connect communities to the greater social issues that affect all of our lives, while building consciousness through the spoken word. Currently, he is the Vice-Chair of Culver City’s Committee on Homelessness and is a board member of POWER (People Organized for Westside Renewal); member of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World), Ground Game LA, Veterans for Peace, Occupy Venice, the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, 100 Thousand Poets for Change and the World Poetry Movement.

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