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Janice Barrett of Wild South’s Alabama office introduces the context of the Present Tense Media series, “The Fight For Alabama’s Last Wild Places”.
Featuring Terra Manasco, Greg Preston, Dr. Charles Borden and Chief Grey Fox
Launches on Earth Day April 22, 2019
Listen to the voices of the citizen eco-warriors who formed a movement to save Alabama’s last wild places.
Get ready for a lengthy and real conversation with free improvisation musician and writer Davey Williams. We talk about the path of the artist, the struggles of addiction, his journey with cancer and more. This episode is a tribute to Davey Williams who died of cancer on April 05, 2019. This conversation was recorded in October 2018.
About Erica Dawson
Erica is the author of two collections of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Poets’ Prize, and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser Press, 2007), winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Prize. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, Literary Imagination, Unsplendid, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. Her poems have been featured in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2008, 2012, and 2015, American Society: What Poets See; Living in Storms: Contemporary Poetry and the Moods of Manic-Depression; and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets.
Erica’s third book, When Rap Spoke Straight to God, will be published by Tin House Books in Fall 2018.
Born and raised in Maryland, Erica holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from Ohio State University, and a PhD from University of Cincinnati. She’s taught workshops and seminars at the Florida Arts Coalition’s Other Words Conference, St. Leo University’s Sandhill Writers Retreat, and the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon. Erica is the Director of The University of Tampa’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, and, at UT, an associate professor of English and Writing.
She lives in Tampa with her Shih-Tzu, Stella, whom she named after Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella, not Tennessee Williams’ Stella or Stella Artois, though Erica really likes Tennessee Williams and Stella Artois.
In this Pre-Season 2 episode, we hear from the writers of the 2018 Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop.
The Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop is a 3-week workshop that offers a rare opportunity for high school students to learn from published authors. Every day, students will work closely with nationally acclaimed novelists, essayists, and poets, all of whom have extensive teaching experience. The Workshop is sponsored by the UAB English Department. The Workshop is named in honor of Dr. Ada Long, founding director of the UAB Honors Program, Professor of English, and lifelong advocate for community outreach, the value of a liberal education, and the enduring significance of literature.
The workshop is designed for high school students interested in creative writing for personal enrichment, as preparation for university work in creative writing, and as an introduction to creative writing as a career field.
The writers sat down with Anne Markham Bailey to talk about writing, to explore their lives as writers, why they write, what challenges they face, what they are reading and their plans for the future.
Thanks to the students:
Anna Grace Dasher
David Hester IV
Elyie Brooke Basselin
(Full disclosure, Green Bucket Press produces custom stickers and journals for the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop, pictured here)
NOTES ON THE EPISODE
Mullah: a Muslim learned in Islamic theology and sacred law.
Naqchbandi: a major Sunni spiritual order of Sufism. It got its name from Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari and traces its spiritual lineage to the Islamic prophet Muhammad, through Abu Bakr, who his father-in-law , a companion and successor of Muhammad. Some Naqshbandi masters trace their lineage through Ali, his son-in-law and successor, in keeping with most other Sufis.
Gaddi Nasheen The Gaddi looks after the shrine and carries out significant rituals
Maulvi (Mawlawi) is an honorific Islamic religious title given to Muslim religious scholars or Ulema preceding their names, similar to the titles Maulana, Mullah, or Shaykh. Mawlawi generally means highly qualified Islamic scholar.
ABOUT YASMEEN KHAN & THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
ABOUT BOOK & MANUSCRIPT PRESERVATION & CONSERVATION
I was born in the beautiful very modern, though very ancient, 2000 years old city, named Tashkent. It is the capital of Uzbekistan, back then a part of the Soviet Union, now it is an independent country in the Middle Asia. In 1993 my family had to leave our homeland because of the etnic problems that not-native, not-Uzbek people started to face in Uzbekistan. We emigrated to America, and we were recognized as a political refugees. The organizations that helped us to move choose the city of Birmingham Al as a place where we were suppose to build our life almost from the sketch. It was hard,very hard, but eventually we did it, though we are still working on it. 🙂. I have many professions, starting with a chemical engineering, computer programming, tour guiding, but all my life I was attracted to working with the people, their outer, and inner conditions and states. That's why for my professional life in America I chose to work as a skin care specialist, massage therapist, and also I do energy healing - I am a Reiki Master, I do Past life regressions, and I facilitate Family Systemic Constellations - powerful therapy that is dealing with a history of people's families, and how it influence our current lives. I have my own business called "Rita’s Touch" since 1998, and this year we are going to celebrate 20 years of it's successful service to the people of Birmingham.
In the second episode of the Emerge Alabama Voices of Progress series, we hear from Amy Wasyluka, running for Alabama State Senate District 2, Lindsey Deckard, running for State Senate District 16 and Dr. Stacie Propst, Executive Director of Emerge Alabama. These are women who have committed to a vision of the future that is more just, equitable and inclusive. These women see governance as a way to serve and to shape a better Alabama, in which citizens are educated and valued, offered opportunities for economic and community empowerment, in which well-being is not a dream but is a premise of leadership.
In this episode we hear from Cara McClure, who is running for Public Service Commission Place 1. She is a graduate of the first cohort of Emerge Alabama training. She speaks with Present Tense Podcast host Anne Markham Bailey about Emerge Alabama candidate training and support, her life as an activist and being a woman on an uneven playing field both in family life and in politics. Cara talks about the Alabama of the future that she is planning to shape.
In this two part series, we hear from the poets of the Magic City Poetry Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.
In the second episode of The Poet Interviews, Green Bucket Press founder and poet Anne Markham Bailey ushers in the thoughts and poems of a wide range of poets as they approach questions of why they write poems, how they came to the craft, the role of the poet in society and their relationship with language.
Jacqueline Allen Trimble is a Cave Canem Fellow and a 2017 Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in various print and online journals including The Louisville Review, The Offing, and Blue Lake Review. American Happiness, her first collection, was published by NewSouth Books was named the Best Book of 2016 by Seven Sisters Book Awards, and won the 2016 Balcones Poetry Prize. Jennifer Horne, the poet laureate of Alabama, wrote about the collection “Her grace is in the anger distilled to the bitter draft you savor as it bites” and Honoree Jeffers, the 2018 Harper Lee Award Winner for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer, said, “I longed for her kind of poetry, these cut-to-the flesh poems, this verse that sings the old time religion of difficult truths with new courage and utter sister-beauty. And I am so grateful for her gift, her grown-woman poetics.” Trimble lives and writes in Montgomery, Alabama, where she is a professor of English and chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University.
Elizabeth Hughey is the author of two poetry collections: Sunday Houses the Sunday House (University of Iowa Press) and Guest Host (National Poetry Review Press). She is the co-founder and Programming Director of the the Desert Island Supply Co. (DISCO), a literary arts center in Birmingham, Alabama.
Laura Secord has been an offset printer, union organizer, health care activist, teacher, and a sex-educator. For thirty years, she combined the life of a writer and performer with a career as a Nurse Practitioner in HIV care. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada College. A Pushcart nominee, her poems have appeared in the Birmingham Weekly, Arts and Understanding, The Southern Women’s Review, PoemMemoirStory, Passager, Indolent Books, Snapdragon and Burning House Press. She is the co-founder of Birmingham’s Sister City Spoken Word Collective, and an editor of their anthology, Voices of Resistance. She spentover twenty-years as a spoken word artist and producer of community performance events, including100,000 Poets for Change and Voices of Resistance. Her poetry honors the unsung voices of women.
Tina Mozelle Braziel
“The dirt-sex scent of tomatoes” is the best line Tina Mozelle Braziel has written so far. Winner of the 2017 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, she loves writing in the glass cabin that she and her husband are building on Hydrangea Ridge. Her chapbook, Rooted by Thirst (Porkbelly Press), and her forthcoming book, Known by Salt (Anhinga Press), detail some of her home building adventures.
Raised in Arkansas and a longtime resident of Alabama, Jennifer Horne is a writer, editor, and teacher who explores Southern identity and experience, especially women’s, through prose, poetry, fiction, and anthologies and in classrooms and workshops across the South. Among her books are Bottle Tree: Poems (2010) and Tell the World You’re a Wildflower (2014), a collection of short stories in the voices of Southern women and girls. Her new collection of road and travel poems, Little Wanderer, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2016, and she has co-edited, with Don Noble, a collection of short fiction by Alabama women, Belles’ Letters II (2017). She is at work on a biography of writer Sara Mayfield. In 2017 she was commissioned Poet Laureate of Alabama, serving a four-year term. For the spring semester of 2018, she is the visiting writer-in-residence at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. Her web page and blog are at: http://jennifer-horne.blogspot.com/
In this two part series, we hear from the poets of the Magic City Poetry Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.
In the first of the Poet Interviews, Green Bucket Press founder and poet Anne Markham Bailey ushers the thoughts and poems of a wide range of poets as they approach questions of why they write poems, how they came to the craft, the role of the poet in society and their relationship with language.
Jason McCall is an Alabama native, and he currently teaches at the University of North Alabama. His favorite word is “neighbor” because that was the winning word in his 3rd grade spelling bee, and he is always happy to mention that he won his 3rd grade spelling bee. He also won his 2nd grade spelling bee. He holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and his collections include Two-Face God; Dear Hero,; Silver; I Can Explain; and Mother, Less Child. He is the co-editor of It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop.
Ashley M. Jones
Ashley M. Jones is a poet and teacher from Birmingham, Alabama. She loves to write anywhere, and her favorite word, right now, is yes.
Shaunteka LaTrese Curry
Shaunteka LaTrese Curry is a Griot. A storytelling goddess using words and experiences to shape her personal universe into a self contained utopia of weirdos. Hoping to change the world one poem at a time, one person at a time. She has published two collections of poetry; Love Hard Live Free: Conversations with She and Honeysuckle Lyrics and can be find her within the local community creating platforms and opportunities of change through social and creative expression.
Anne Markham Bailey
Poet, Present Tense host and Green Bucket Press founder Anne Markham Bailey supports authentic voice and the unceasing and foundational creativity of our lives.
If you have not listened to Part 1 of "Not Too Bad" go to Episode 2 and listen now!
In Part 2 of "Not Too Bad," we join J Everett Batterbury as his life changes dramatically.
The story of J. Everett Batterbury
Sometimes we meet a person and cannot possibly envision how our lives will be changed because of them. When I met J. Everett Batterbury on 12th Street, I was a young mother just divorced, struggling in relationship with a charismatic but irresponsible artist named Jesse. In the early 90’s I was expanding the family printing company client base, finishing an MFA in Book Arts and parenting my son Edward. Everett was an unforeseen spiritual teacher. I bonded swiftly and fully.
Learn more about "Not Too Bad" writer and Green Bucket Press founder, Anne Markham Bailey.
DISTURB THE UNIVERSE
I wanted to tell my mother what had happened to me when I was a girl, when I was sexually abused and bullied in our home. I spent years imagining and rehearsing how I would do it. Decades passed. I didn't tell her because I didn't want to ruin her life. I wanted her to have an illusion of family life that had shattered for me when I was still a girl. I held my silence and lived out my trauma, diminished my shine. Finally I started to tell her at a time that seemed ripe. I'd only said "When I was a girl," and she held up her hand and said she didn't want to know. So I never did tell her.
When #metoo began, I was happy. Yes, it happened to me. In all sorts of ways. I was assaulted. I was diminished. I was called "honey" in professional settings. I was undermined. But finally I would speak. And I would encourage other women to speak.
When Roy Moore of Alabama lied about his stalking and assault and the women who had the courage to come forward were doubted, I wanted to do something to stand up for all of us who do not come forward in a world that has not supported us but can. The idea of the Authentic Voices Project emerged one day several weeks before the election, and I began to solicit stories. We asked Alabama women to tell their stories of sexual abuse, and then we went through the stories and plucked elements from each submission. From there we invited members of Sister City Connection Spoken Word Collective to record the selected segments. We delivered these recordings to Rynea Soul who worked her magic adding beats and weaving audio art.
We are not asking to be believed. The truth of our experience rises from within us. We do not look outside for validation. We settle into the fluency of our native tongue, before we were silent. From our abuse, we make audio art. We sound it out. We vibrate the chords that rise through our throats and we bring authentic voices into the world.
I was assaulted as a girl and I was bullied for decades. I was discriminated against because of my gender. I trained myself to be tough as nails and this project is helping me to loosen up and feel my own story in the stories of others.
We are not asking for anyone to believe us.
We are telling our own truths.
If you have a story to tell, we want to hear from you. Please reach out to us at email@example.com. You can send your story as a text file or as an audio link.
If you have an ongoing sexual assault situation or want to seek counseling, please seek help. In Birmingham, https://crisiscenterbham.org/ Nationally: RAINN can route you to a regional assistance for sexual abuse. https://www.rainn.org/