My name is Andy Pope. I am a lifelong pianist, composer, and musical playwright. In recent years, I have also been involved with journalism. My work has appeared on the independent news site Berkeleyside, the blog site Classism Exposed, and the news site Spokane Faith and Values. In addition, I’ve been published in a newspaper called Street Spirit, where my column — Homeless No More — has encouraged those who have escaped homelessness during their transition to indoor living.
I’ve also written a new musical, Eden in Babylon which explores the effects of homelessness on the youth of 21st Century America. As such, it portrays the hugeness of the division caused by the ever-widening gap between the super-rich and the grossly impoverished in today’s society. Though meant to be entertaining, Eden in Babylon is also intended to raise awareness, since it depicts the world of urban homelessness in a realistic way – as told from the perspective of one who has been there.
That said, I’ve enjoyed life in a peaceful artistic community near the Canadian border for almost five years now, and there has never been a single night where I was forced by bitter urban circumstance to have to sleep outdoors. I do enjoy camping, however — and I hope you enjoy my blog.
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