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Wendell Berry in Seattle-Poetry Reading plus Q&A-Tues May 24th

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Wendell Berry in Seattle-Poetry Reading plus Q&A-Tues May 24th

Time: May 24, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Benaroya Hall - Seattle
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Event Type: poetry, reading, &, discussion
Organized By: Co-Presented by North Cascades Institute.
Latest Activity: May 6, 2011

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Wendell Berry - Author & Farmer at Benaroya Hall-

Poetry reading followed by Q&A on his entire body of work. TUE, MAY 24, 2011, 7:30 PM Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Carpooling or train riding encouraged.

Wendell is an American giant in his vision of caring for community & for the land.

Some would say he has held core values that many in the Transition movement are reaching for.

Essay: The Idea of a Local Economy (Organic Consumers Association)


If you haven't read his essays yet, recommended would be ones from his books:

Citizenship Papers” and “The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture”

Critics and scholars have acknowledged Wendell Berry as a master of many literary genres, but whether he is writing poetry, fiction, or essays, his message is essentially the same: humans must learn to live in harmony with the natural rhythms of the earth or perish.”


"[Berry] is a novelist, a poet, an essayist, a naturalist, and a small farmer. He has embraced the commonplace and has ennobled it." —Charles Hudson, Georgia Review

It is perhaps Berry's essays that have brought him the broadest readership. In one of his most popular early collections, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, he argues that agriculture is the foundation of America's greater culture. He makes a strong case against the U.S. government's agricultural policy, which promotes practices leading to overproduction, pollution, and soil erosion. Another essay collection, Recollected Essays, 1965-1980, has been compared by several critics to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. 

In Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community: Eight Essays, Berry continues to berate those who carelessly exploit the natural environment and damage the underlying moral fabric of communities.”

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Comment by Heather K on May 6, 2011 at 3:21pm
David Pike's blog on "The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture" by Wendell Berry -

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