"The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives"

"The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives"

Sasha Abramsky

3.12.2014

Sasha Abramsky

Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist. His work has appeared in The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, New York magazine, Salon, Slate, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. Originally from England and a graduate of Oxford University, he has since adopted his mother’s homeland of America and now lives in Sacramento, CA with his wife, daughter and son. He has a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. In 2000 he was awarded an Open Society, Crime, and Communities Media Fellowship, and he is currently a Senior Fellow at the New York City-based Demos think tank. His most recent book, The American Way of Poverty, came out in September 2013. Prior to that, Inside Obama's Brain, was published in December 2009. Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix was published in June, 2009, by PoliPoint Press. American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment, was published by Beacon Press in the spring of 2007. His first book, Hard Time Blues, was published in 2002; his second book, Conned, was published in 2006.

Abramsky’s new book, The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives focuses on the poverty epidemic raging across America and attempts to capture the personal faces and stories of those poverty affects most adversely. For the past two years, his focus has been on Voices of Poverty, a website devoted to documenting the diversity, loneliness, and complexity contained in the personal stories of America’s poor. Sasha Abramsky is a professor of writing at U.C. Davis, a fellow at the NYC-based Demos think tank, and a reporter and author for magazine articles, blogs, and books.