Community Fundraiser for Go Conscious Earth

Join us June 27th at 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Chapel Hill Library for this community fundraiser event to benefit our global tribe.

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Photo credit: Sylvia Freeman

Scheduled is a poetry reading by NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green, along with music by Godi Godar and Dean Deboer.  A silent auction will take place to raise money for Go Conscious Earth and the Nsoli Rain Forest and the Lac Tumba people of the Congo.

Please visit Go Conscious Earth to learn more about this organization’s efforts to save the Nsoli Rain Forest and the Lac Tumba, and how to make a financial donation. We appreciate your donated gifts for auction.  Contact us for more details.

Proudly sponsored by SistaWRITE, Jacar Press, and Sable Books.


GCE works to save the Nsoli Rain Forest as well as combat the poverty of the Lac Tumba people in the Congo.

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From the website:

Lac Tumba is a beautiful, life-sustaining, and unspoiled lake in the heart of the Congo Basin Rainforest, the 2nd largest rainforest in the world, second only to the Amazon. The Congo Basin Rainforest has one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet and is extremely resistant to climate change. Rainforests are the lungs of the earth. They remove tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide from the air while producing great amounts of oxygen, stabilizing Earth’s climate.

The Congo Basin Rainforest provides food, shelter, water, and medicine to over 75 million people.

The Congo Basin Rainforest is being destroyed by multinational corporations using it for timber, mineral extraction, and commercial farming. Its destruction threatens to destroy the communities that depend on it, irrevocably harm the global climate, and cause the extinction of many species of wildlife.

Lac Tumba is home to 100,000 indigenous people. All of the people living here live without adequate food, clean water, healthcare, education, electricity, or transportation.  In their efforts to survive, they are forced to use farming and fishing techniques that harm the rainforest and the lake. They want to preserve their rainforest home, but they need more resources in order to implement alternatives to these practices.

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Poetry and Food | The Sound of Poet’s Cooking

vibrant cranberries,
one drop of water
holds on

–Deborah Finkelstein

Just in time for Christmas, The Sound of Poets Cooking, the wonderful poetry anthology/cookbook, is available from Amazon.com for Kindle as well as for Kobo (both with free apps for reading on the iPad)  and will make the perfect gift for the poetry or food lover in your life.   Like the heartiest of stews, this collection will nourish you, warm you, and feed your spirit.

The Sound of Poets Cooking

“This is the most delicious book on my bookshelf. The poems will make you laugh, cry andwax nostalgic.  And the recipes will make your mouth water. No wonder the little stone Buddha on the cover has such a satisfied smile on his face.”  — Cathy Smith Bowers, North Carolina Poet Laureate, 2010-June 2012.

Featuring work by five dozen poets, including NC Poet Laureates Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and dozens of other nationally celebrated writers, the poems alternate with recipes written by the poets, their family members, lovers and friends. The writing is at turns sensuous, hilarious, elegant, and playful. The recipes range from Asian to European to Middle Eastern dishes, as well as regional favorites from across the U.S.–tiramisu, homemade curry, vegetarian meals, exotic seafood, some simple, some complex. There is something here for every palate, literary and culinary.

Jacar Press LogoAnd just like all best dishes, this book is an act of love and generosity.  Proceeds from the sales of this book will be used to fund writing workshops in excluded communities.  Jacar Press is a Community Active literary press, dedicated to both publishing fine writing and being a positive force in local communities by sharing our proceeds with those in need.  Proceeds from the sales of The Sound of Poets Cooking  will become small stipends for poets to conduct free writing workshops in their communities. Poets with an idea for a workshop can complete a proposal form at the back of the book.

Recipes include:
Sea Bass with Cherry-Mango-Tomatillo Sauce
Peach Mango Plum Pork Chops
Rosehip Curry
Balsamic Mango
Irish Soda Bread
Brussels Sprouts and Goat Cheese Risotto
Onion Pie
Fig Tart with a Cornmeal Crust

and many more … plus poetry about these dishes or others, or memories of dishes, or times when there was not enough to eat.

Written about The Sound of Poets Cooking

From Scott Owens’ Musings:  “The Sound of Poets Cooking is a new, 172-page anthology of poems about food accompanied by related recipes, from Krawiec’s fledgling press, Jacar Press. And it is an impressive debut, featuring wonderful work from poets both familiar and new, including two NC Poets Laureate, Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and numerous other standards: Joseph Bathanti, Kelly Cherry, Jaki Shelton Green, Susan Ludvigson, Joanna Catherine Scott, Shelby Stephenson, and more, wrapped in a clever cover with an image of Buddha cradling a pomegranate, eggplant, carrots, tomatoes,sweet potato, chef’s knife and some spiky yellow fruit I’m not familiar with, appealingly conveying the mixture of spirituality and whimsy one might expect from poetry about food.”

From the Independent Weekly:  “The Sound of Poets Cooking, a combined cookbook and poetry anthology, embodies this coming together of the literary and culinary arts. More than 60 poets, many of whom have North Carolina connections, such as Andrea Selch, Paul Jones, Jaki Shelton Green, Scott Owens, Al Maginnes and Mark Smith-Soto, ladle out enticing recipes and crafted verse, woven thematically together. The brainchild of Richard Krawiec, a longtime local teacher, writer, publisher and activist, the book also marks the debut of Jacar Press as a full-fledged literary publisher.”

The sudden smell of wine finds you
dressing flowers, their points
moist with a white as sweet as milk.

A pleasure, the way you fill the distance
with pastures, select the blackest cows
for cream.  This is more than imagination:

the aroma of bread rising
about the kitchen, the Brie’s
smooth skin gently darkening.

from Gifts, by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, found in The Sound of Poets Cooking

Please read more about Richard Krawiec.

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Featuring the work of …

Malaika King Albrecht * Joseph Bathanti * Kathryn Stripling Byer * Fred Chappell * Kelly Cherry * * Jaki Shelton Green * John Hoppenthaler * Sarah Lindsay * Susan Ludvigson * Al Maginnes * Susan Meyers * Lenard D. Moore * Marty Silverthorne * Mark Smith-Soto * Shelby Stephenson * Myrna Stone * Julie Suk * and many more

Vibrant Cranberries, from The Sound of Poets Cooking and originally published in The Asahi Haikuist Network, August 15, 2008.