Chromium-6 in the water in Joshua Tree, California

So a dear friend posts the following on FaceBook:

Make sure you read the insert on Chromium 6/Hexavalent chromium in your Joshua Basin Water District water bill this month. I can’t find it on their website as of yet, but where Erin Brockovich when she’s needed? (Shared with permission per the note from the water district.)

So I thought I would share with you this insert, placed in her bill.  Download the PDF here.

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For more about the health risks of Hexavalent Chromium, or Chromium-6 (also Chromium VI) go here. And here. And here.

What can I do if my water is contaminated?

From the EPA website:

Can home treatment devices remove chromium-6? 

      Some home treatment devices are certified by organizations to remove chromium-6. Two certification organizations are:

NSF International and the Water Quality Association 

      These certification programs are based on current drinking water standards and home treatment devices are only certified to remove chromium-6 to either 50 or 100 parts per billion. Contact the device’s manufacturer for specific information about how effective the product is, given your water and treatment goal. Your public water system’s water quality report and your water system’s staff can help you understand the characteristics of your water.

If you choose to use a home treatment device, it is very important to follow the manufacturer’s operation and maintenance instructions carefully in order to make sure the device works properly.

Consumers should be aware that the current EPA drinking water standard for chromium requires that public water systems provide drinking water that does not exceed a total chromium concentration of 100 ppb.

Facts on the California Water Drought:

Meanwhile, remember this gem?

Where is Erin Brokovich when you need her?

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April at Tate Street Coffee House | Richard Krawiec & Crystal Simone Smith

Today’s the official book launch for Richard Krawiec’s Women Who Loved Me Despite (Press 53), and next Saturday April 11, Women Writers of the Triad is thrilled to host Richard‘s reading over at Tate Street Coffee House (7:00-9:00p.m.) along with Crystal Simone Smith.

Bios and poetry will be posted over on the event page– please make plans to join us for a wonderful reading.

WOMEN WHO LOVED ME DESPITEIf you’d like a copy of Richard’s book,  it’s available for online purchase at any Indy bookstore near you, and in North Carolina at Flyleaf BooksThe Regulator BookshopQuail Ridge Books & MusicCity Lights BookstoreScuppernong Books and Pomegranate Books.

Please support an Indy store!  Richard will be donating 100% of today‘s author proceeds to a local literacy council.


 

What have others said about the book?

Because this book is a dog song on the edge of the abyss, it’s naturally full of death—there are suicides, car crashes, lost children, and mercy killings (which, the poet realizes, are nevertheless killings). There is also some honest and eloquent self-talk. “I swim in the dense brine of old grievances” he says, and “I can’t stop the weeds from rising.” And yet, along the way, there is equally eloquent tenderness, especially about love. This, we understand, is a kind man, a man who nurtures, even when it’s hard. So we are glad when, in the end, from a stone and a branch, he finds joy. —Lola Haskins, author of The Grace to Leave

These are the poems of a life lived, their imagery taken primarily from the natural world but also from streets and vacant lots, back seats and back alleys. Women Who Loved Me Despite deals with fatherhood and loyalty, love realized and love betrayed, the lessons and misadventures of a man coming into his prime. I admire their small triumphs and celebrations, their refusal to look away from life’s pain, and their hard-won occasional humor. —Joseph Millar, author of Overtime and Blue Rust


bkRichard Krawiec is the author of two previous poetry collections, including She Hands Me the Razor (Press 53, 2011). His work has appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including New Orleans Review, Drunken Boat, Shenandoah, sou’wester, Dublin Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Spillway, North Dakota Quarterly, and Blue Fifth Review. In addition to poetry, he has published two novels, Time Sharing and Faith in What?, a story collection, And Fools of God, and four plays. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council (twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Fiction Writing for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Courses Online, for which he won their Excellence in Teaching Award. He has facilitated writing workshops with children and adults in homeless shelters, women’s shelters, prisons, literacy classes, and community sites. He is founder of Jacar Press, a community-active publishing company.

Writers’ Workshop: Chapbook 101 | Putting Your Manuscript Together

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This January, spend a Saturday afternoon working on your chapbook or collection of poems, essays, or short stories with Richard Krawiec, Danny Krawiec, and Melissa Hassard of Jacar Press and Sable Books.

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2013/2014 WWOT Events Calendar & Readings

WWOT Fall/Spring Poetry Readings & Open Mic! Check out the incredible line-up!

Women Writers of the Triad

What has Al Maginnes, Jim Clark, Richard Krawiec, Howard Lemuel Craft, Celisa Steele, Sarah Lindsay, Anna Weaver, Benjamin Molini, Crystal Simone Smith, Terri Kirby Erickson, Helen Losse, and more?

The fall/spring season of readings at Tate Street Coffee House. To say we’re excited is an understatement. Mark your calendars and get ready to join us, starting with August and musician Russell Henderson, and September with Ben and Anna.

Save the dates! And keep watching — we’re still finalizing dates and poets, and the schedule is still breaking.

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Women Writers of the Triad Hosts Poets and Open Mic with Tate Street Coffee

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Second Saturday, September 14th, at Tate Street Coffee House, at 7:00pm.

Featured poets are Ann Deagon and Michael Gaspeny. This is going to be WONDERFUL.

Michael Gaspeny won the 2012 Randall Jarrell Prize for “Shore Drive.” His latest chapbook Vocation is available from Main Street Rag.

Ann Deagon

Ann Deagon‘s work includes There is No Balm in Birmingham, The Polo Poems, Carbon 14, and Poetics South. She was named Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for 2011-2012.

After the reading, an open mic follows. Bring a poem, bring a song, or just come and grab a coffee or a glass of wine and listen. We had a huge turnout for open mic last month so space may be limited. Bring your best work and get there early!

Join here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/698475600169186/

COMING SOON Greensboro – Save the Date | Keith Flynn

Saturday, June 1, 7:00pm, Keith Flynn joins us here in Greensboro to read from his latest collection, Colony Collapse Disorder, with an open mic to follow. Tate Street Coffeehouse.ccd_keithflynn

Sunday, June 2, at 2:00-5:00pm, Inspiration Station, a creative writing workshop with Keith at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch of the Greensboro Public Library. Cost: $25 

REGISTRATION HERE.

Keith is founder and editor of The Asheville Poetry Review and a tremendous speaker and teacher. Participants should bring at least one poem for the group to discuss and 20 copies of the manuscript. Any work deemed exemplary will be considered for publication in The Asheville Poetry Review.

Sponsored by Women Writers of the Triad and open to the public.

Join the conversation on Facebook.

Read more about Keith here.

Writing for Peace | writingforpeace.org

If you’re not familiar with Writing for Peace, please take a moment and peruse the website of this wonderful organization.  They are a group of extremely talented writers,

From their website:

Writing for Peace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating empathy through education and creative writing in order to develop a foundation of compassion on which to build a more peaceful world. Our goal is to inspire and guide young writers to refine their craft and to consider the many ways their writing focus can bring us closer to nonviolent conflict resolution, a society that values human rights, as well as environmental and economic sustainability.

Young writers will find us a reliable source for:

  • Free writing workshops, school  programs, and craft tips
  • Annual Rocky Mountain Creative Writing Camp
  • Annual Young Writers’ Contest
  • DoveTales, a literary journal
  • Writing Mentors from around the world to answer questions
  • Role Models, our Advisory Panel members offer regular blog posts
  • Recommended Reading
  • Links to other relevant programs and resources

This spring, Writing for Peace looks at gun violence, as well as violence against women and other issues of women’s equality.  I am extremely honored by the decision of Writing for Peace to publish my essay, Exit Wound, on their site.

We are louder when we lift our voices together.  Together, we can affect real change for peace in this country.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. — William Arthur Ward