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William D. Lewis
Author, Teacher, and former homeless person

William D. Lewis was a chronic homeless person in the late 1980s. Living on the streets and in shelters he worked odd-jobs. Eventually, at age 34, he managed to save enough money to enroll in Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. Using the meager savings to enroll would be the best decision to turning his life around. Later he studied writing styles and techniques at the University of Colorado [1992]. His post-graduate studies at Southern University included Public Policy and Education [1996]. He is the father of four children and makes his home in Shreveport, LA. where he teaches and writes professionally. According to the author, he, " ...writes to inspire and empower the poor...the homeless."

His books include: It's Called Making It Happen [1995]; Serious Players Only [1998]; The Call To a Purposeful Life [2002]; Imagine: Losing Everything Except Your Mind (Homelessness in America) [2002]

Mr. Williams has participated in Homeless Conferences in Arkansas and Louisiana and appeared as a guest on radio talk programs. His affiliations include the National Coalition for the Homeless, Washington, DC; the American Federation of Teachers, Shreveport; ACORN, Baton Rouge and the American Writers’ Association, Denver, CO.

Current Topic

11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

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