In 2006 Leslie Schwartz began teaching a poetry class at Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention agency in the country, under the auspices of a grant from the California Council for the Humanities and PEN USA. After the grant culminated with a reading from a small anthology of the work collected from the class, it became clear to Leslie that Homeboy Industries would be well-served by a literary publication. The mission of Homeboy is to provide job training and on-the-job skills to people who have formerly been involved with gangs and are trying to turn their lives around. As Homeboy's founder, Fr. Gregory Boyle says, "Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job."
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