Megaphone has launched its 12th-annual special literary edition, Voices of the Street — Stealing Looks at the Sun: Writing about Climate Change in 2022 — showcasing the literary talents of marginalized writers in Vancouver.
This past year, new phrases such as “heat dome”, “polar vortex” and “atmospheric river”’ entered our vocabularies as the elements that make up our world — Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Aether — cried out for us to accept what experts have been saying for years: Climate change is here.
So climate change is also here, on the pages of the 2022 Voices of the Street literary anthology.
Writers included in this year’s edition express the many challenges linked to the constellation of inequalities that come from a life lived in poverty. They are often the people closest to the ground during natural disasters and the ones least-equipped — at least economically — to navigate upheavals brought about by climate crises.
Stealing Looks at the Sun: Writing About Climate Change in 2022 features 34 powerful contributions from these writers, whose work reflects on memories of time spent in Haida Gwaii, contemplations on the mystery of crows and hummingbirds, recollections of surviving natural disasters, urgent calls for government action… and so much more.
For the second year, the anthology also features beautiful full-colour photographs taken by two community photographers, Priscillia Mays Tait and Mike McNeeley.
Each year, Voices of the Street offers a collection of poems, stories, essays and creative writing by Megaphone vendors and other writers marginalized by poverty and homelessness, many of whom have participated in Megaphone’s creative writing workshops.
Supporters are also invited to join in a celebration of the 2022 edition of Voices of the Street at a special event on June 22 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings). Some of the gifted community writers featured in the book will read their stories, and Mike and Priscillia will speak about their experiences being mentored as photographers. Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Fiona Tinwei Lam will offer a special reading.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at megaphonemagazine.com/events
Voices of the Street is sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by Megaphone's low-income vendors. Vendors buy each book for $5 and sell them for $10, keeping the profit.
Megaphone has been publishing Voices of the Street since 2012. Start your own collection today with a visit to your local vendor or by purchasing a copy online here.
Five ways to support Voices of the Street
- Buy the latest literary edition from your vendor today. (Click here to see a list of common vending locations)
- Buy a digital copy of Voices of the Street
- Come to the 2022 Voices of the Street Book Launch Event on June 22, 2022
- Advertise with us.
- Become a sponsor.
Thank you to our incredible sponsors of the Voices of the Street literary anthology Stealing Looks at the Sun: Writing About Climate Change in 2022!