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Anne Markham Bailey

BONUS Episode: The Grandmother Mountains

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”.

Janice Barrett of Wild South and Present Tense Executive Producer Anne Markham Bailey in the Bankhead National Forest.

Janice Barrett of Wild South and Present Tense Executive Producer Anne Markham Bailey in the Bankhead National Forest.

The Voices of High School Writers: 2018 UAB Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop

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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

Ben Lasseter

Donna Aldeeb

David Hester IV

J. Hosier

Surina Prabhu

Hannah Bray

Tiffany Duong

Madison Prim

Y'onna Hale 

Jamiah Stroud

Dahlia Henderson

Elyie Brooke Basselin

Eleanor Roth

Samantha Walker

(Full disclosure, Green Bucket Press produces custom stickers and journals for the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop, pictured here)

Rita Feldman's Journey

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RITA FELDMAN

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. 
 

Rita and her mother Genia

Rita and her mother Genia

Rita and her son Maksim.

Rita and her son Maksim.

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Emerge Alabama: Voices of Progress

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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.

 
Cara McClure, Candidate for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 1        The youngest of six siblings and the mother of one terrific son, Cara McClure was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama in the great community of Powderly.     McClure’s entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured early by her parents and family. While in elementary school, she worked for the family’s cleaning service, where she made cold calls to apartment complexes and small businesses.  She also sold candy door-to-door and in school and also ran bus trips to Point Mallard without any adult support.    This early exposure to business shaped McClure and she sought out opportunities for personal development, learning marketing and recruiting. Eventually she moved into network marketing, building a team of more than 2000 brand new entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada.    McClure is a proponent of finding solutions to difficult circumstances. After spending time homeless following a marital separation, McClure turned personal hardship into opportunity when she created an apartment locating service to help individuals and families find their ideal homes.     McClure also supported the immigrant community by writing an open letter to the mayor and city council to make Birmingham a sanctuary city. McClure has been active with a number of social justice organizations including Stand as One, Faith in Action, Shut Down Etowah, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Adelante, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Black Lives Matter, Indivisible Birmingham, and Arise.    McClure understands the importance of voter engagement, and holds voter registration and voter restoration events across the city.  Throughout her career, McClure has been a voice and advocate for the working poor, the homeless, and the forgotten and marginalized.     Through her personal philosophy of prayer, people, process, protest, policy,  polls and persistence, she helps those who live in the margins to build power and possibilities for a better life.

Cara McClure, Candidate for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 1

 The youngest of six siblings and the mother of one terrific son, Cara McClure was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama in the great community of Powderly. 

McClure’s entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured early by her parents and family. While in elementary school, she worked for the family’s cleaning service, where she made cold calls to apartment complexes and small businesses.  She also sold candy door-to-door and in school and also ran bus trips to Point Mallard without any adult support.

This early exposure to business shaped McClure and she sought out opportunities for personal development, learning marketing and recruiting. Eventually she moved into network marketing, building a team of more than 2000 brand new entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada.

McClure is a proponent of finding solutions to difficult circumstances. After spending time homeless following a marital separation, McClure turned personal hardship into opportunity when she created an apartment locating service to help individuals and families find their ideal homes. 

McClure also supported the immigrant community by writing an open letter to the mayor and city council to make Birmingham a sanctuary city. McClure has been active with a number of social justice organizations including Stand as One, Faith in Action, Shut Down Etowah, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Adelante, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Black Lives Matter, Indivisible Birmingham, and Arise.

McClure understands the importance of voter engagement, and holds voter registration and voter restoration events across the city.  Throughout her career, McClure has been a voice and advocate for the working poor, the homeless, and the forgotten and marginalized. 

Through her personal philosophy of prayer, people, process, protest, policy,  polls and persistence, she helps those who live in the margins to build power and possibilities for a better life.

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The Poet Interviews

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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. 

Magic City Poetry Festival Schedule

 

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Jason McCall

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.

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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.

 

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Alina Stefanescu Coryell

Alina plays alphabet games with her kids and writes about the world she wants to inhabit. She exists online at

www.alinastefanescu.com or @aliner.
 

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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.

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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. 

Episode 2: Not Too Bad Part 1

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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.

 
 
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Learn more about "Not Too Bad" writer and Green Bucket Press founder, Anne Markham Bailey.