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The Freethought Society presents Larry Robin – September 29th

From: Margaret Downey

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The Freethought Society is pleased to host as its next speaker Larry Robin, the former president of the oldest independent bookstore in Philadelphia until it closed in December 2012. Robin’s presentation, Scott Nearing: The Making of a Radical, will take place on Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania). The event starts at 7:00 PM. It is a free and open to the public event.

While very few people have heard of Scott Nearing, Robin considers his legacy an important topic for all freethinkers and the public at large.

“I met Scott Nearing in 1961 when I was 18 and he was 78. I knew him for 22 years until he died on August 24, 1983, at the age of 100 years plus 18 days,” says Robin.

Robin went on to say, “Nearing is right after Thomas Paine in my list of heroes. With doctorates in Economics and Sociology, Nearing was fired from the University of Pennsylvania after writing the first book on child labor in the United States. That was in 1914. Nearing was arrested for sedition when he wrote a pamphlet against the draft for the First World War in 1917.

Nearing, according to Robin, “…was a radical economist, educator, writer, political activist, sociologist, socialist, pacifist, homesteader, organic gardener, vegetarian, and seeker of the truth.”

The author of hundreds of books and articles on economics and politics, Nearing and his wife Helen wrote Living the Good Life, about self-sufficient homesteading. It became the handbook for America’s “Back to the Land” and “Simple Living” movements.

Robin is the co-founder of Moonstone Incorporated and the director of the Moonstone Arts Center. He has served on the boards of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the Read Aloud Coalition of Philadelphia and The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. Robin has served on the literature panel of the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and is a member of the advisory boards of The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, and the Philadelphia Ink program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s Year of the Pennsylvania Writer and Art Sanctuary. For 18 years, Robin created and directed The Celebration of Black Writing. He also directed The Paul Robeson Festival for eight years. For 18 years, Robin has been credited for Poetry Ink and various other Moonstone programs. He currently produces poetry programs and, since 2009, The Hidden History Project. The Living History Project is a citywide festival celebrating the life and work of social activists, such as John Brown, Frances Harper, Martin Delany, Ida B. Wells, and Charlotte Forten.

For more information, contact: Margaret Downey – Freethought Society President

Phone: 610.793.2737

Email: Margaret@FtSociety.org

Alice James Books Celebration – November 19th

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Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00pm
ALICE JAMES BOOKS CELEBRATION
Featuring Shara McCallum, Richard McCann, Mihaela Moscaliuc, and Lisa Sewell
Co-sponsored by: the Creative Writing Program
KELLY WRITERS HOUSE
University of Pennsylvania
3805 Locust Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
Alice James Books is a nonprofit cooperative poetry press, founded in
1973 by five women and two men: Patricia Cumming, Marjorie Fletcher,
Jean Pedrick, Lee Rudolph, Ron Schreiber, Betsy Sholl and Cornelia
Veenendaal. Their objectives were to give women access to publishing and
to involve authors in the publishing process. The press remains true to
that original mission and to publishing a diversity of poets including
both beginning and established poets, and a diversity of poetic styles.
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Alice James Books is one of the original and few presses in the country
that is run collectively. Our cooperative selects manuscripts for
publication through both regional and national annual competitions. The
cooperative offers two book competitions a year: the Kinereth Gensler
Award and the Beatrice Hawley Award. The winners of the Kinereth Gensler
Award competition become active members of Alice James Books and act as
the editorial board after their manuscripts are selected for
publication. The winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award is exempt from the
cooperative work commitment.
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Originally from Jamaica, Shara McCallum is the author of four books of
poetry: The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems, This Strange Land, a
finalist for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, Song of
Thieves, and The Water Between Us, winner of the 1998 Agnes Lynch
Starrett Prize for Poetry. For her poems, she has received awards and
fellowships, including a 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library
of Congress and a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry
Fellowship. Her work has appeared in journals, anthologies, and
textbooks in the US, UK, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Israel and
been translated into Spanish and Romanian. She lives with her family in
Pennsylvania, where she is Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry and
Professor of English at Bucknell University.
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Richard McCann is the author of Mother of Sorrows, a work of fiction,
and Ghost Letters, a collection of poems (1994 Beatrice Hawley Award,
1933 Capricorn Poetry Award). He is also the editor (with Michael Klein)
of Things Shaped in Passing: More ‘Poets for Life’ Writing from the AIDS
Pandemic. His fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in
such magazines as The Atlantic, Ms., Esquire, Ploughshares, Tin House,
and the Washington Post Magazine, and in numerous anthologies, including
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007 and Best American Essays 2000. He is
currently working on a memoir, The Resurrectionist, which explores the
experience and meanings of illness and mortality through a narrative
exploration of his experience as a liver transplant recipient. For his
work, Richard McCann has received grants and awards from the Guggenheim
Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher
Isherwood Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, Yaddo, The MacDowell
Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Fine Arts
Work Center in Provincetown, on whose Board of Trustees he served from
2000-2008. He earned his MA in Creative Writing and Modern Literature
from Hollins University and his Ph.D. in American Studies from the
University of Iowa, where he was a Rockefeller Fellow. He grew up in
Silver Spring, Maryland, and he has lived in numerous places, including
Sweden, Germany, and Spain. He now lives in Washington, DC, where he
teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University.
He also serves the Board of Directors of the PEN Faulkner Foundation and
is a Member of the Corporation of Yaddo.
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Mihaela Moscaliuc is the author of Father Dirt, winner of the Kinereth
Gensler Award from Alice James Books and translator of Carmelia Leonte’s
The Hiss of the Viper (Carnegie Mellon UP, forthcoming). She is the
editor of a collection of essays on poet Gerald Stern (Trinity
University Press, 2014). Her poems, translations, reviews and articles
have appeared in Arts & Letters, America, Mid-American Review, The
Georgia Review, TriQuarterly, and Poetry International among others. Her
articles on Roma/Gypsies and on poet Kimiko Hahn appear in History of
the Literary Cultures in East-Central Europe. Junctures and Disjunctures
in the 19th and 20th Centuries, in Soundings, An Interdisciplinary
Journal, and in Orient and Orientalisms in American Poetry and Poetics.
She is Assistant Professor of English at Monmouth University and core
faculty in the MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew
University.
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Lisa Sewell is the author of The Way Out (Alice James Books), Name
Withheld (Four Way Books), and Long Corridor, which won the 2009
Keystone Chapbook Award. She is also co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of
American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics and Eleven More
American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics Across North American,
both from Wesleyan UP. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in
Ploughshares, Harvard Review, The Fox Chase Review and Drunken Boat. She
teaches in the English Department at Villanova University.