Smart Bets: Every Breath Sings Mountains

The group Voices from the American Land uses poetry to “move the message of the land,” which means to celebrate and protect the environment. The organization hosts educational activities and readings, and publishes collections of writings about the environment. The most recent of these, Every Breath Sings Mountains, is set to launch on Friday, Sept. 23 during a special event at the community room of the Sylva Library. The evening (which kicks off at 7:30 p.m.) is quite the star-studded event: readings by Barbara Duncan, Brent Martin and Thomas Rain Crowe; artwork from surrealist landscape painter Robert Johnson; guest speakers George Frizzell (historian), William Shelton (former Jackson County Commissioner) and Cherokee elder Jerry Wolfe; conversations with authors Charles Frazier, Wayne Caldwell, Keith Flynn, George Ellison and John Lane; and music by The Ian Moore Song & Dance Ensemble. The event is free and all attendees receive a copy of the chapbook.


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