"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Posts tagged ‘Writing as Resistance’

Monday Must Read! Walking Wildwood Trail by Amelia Williams

Amelia Williams is an artist/poet/activist from the Rockfish Valley area of Nelson County, Virginia, and author of Walking Wildwood Trail: Poems and Photographs.

Walking Wildwood Trail is more than just a beautiful books of poems. It is a brilliant artful act of protest against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Amelia is planting copyrighted art works with poems incorporated into them along the pending path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and copyrighting the entire installation.

When the proposed pipeline path was changed, another alarmed landowner contacted Amelia, and she started a second series of art installations. The newest project in Bath County consists of three parts in a large triangle, each separated by a thirty minute walk from the next, made of materials that include rocks, bone, copper pipe and jewelry parts. They represent the pipeline itself, the blast zone for construction, and the threatened homes.

Williams decided to begin this creative journey when she read about Canadian artist Peter von Tiesenhausen, who waylaid a mining company when he registered his 800 acres as intellectual property in the form of land art.

Now Amelia is teaching others how to do this, both the art and the copyright process, in an ongoing fight against the construction of this dangerous pipeline through farmlands, old growth woodlands, national forest, and near homes and schools.

Amelia’s artworks are designed with place in mind; the sixteen on the Wildwood Trail are in muted earth tones and made of biodegradable materials. They will not be permanent in the landscape. A GPS map and trail map allow people to track down each piece, often located off the ground in trees. Working with wool, recycled paper, wood, found materials and beeswax, both plain and colored, her work looks almost as if it has grown there.”

Read More About Amelia’s Art Activism Here

Buy Amelia’s Beautiful Book Here!

Proceeds donated to Wild Virginia for the battle against construction.




Daily Prompt Love <3 Light & Transformation

15 March 2018

Make art about what the light reveals.


16 March 2018

Do the transformations of memory

become the changing lines of divination?

Is the continuum of a moment a red

poppy blooming by a fence?” – Arthur Sze

Make art about the transformation of memory.


A Reading of PerSister Poets! Charlottesville, March 17, 7-9 pm

Saturday! Come celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in CVille with a crew of amazing PerSister Poets! Reading 7-9pm!

This event part of The Bridge’s Women’s History Month Calendar. For more information on our full month of programming, visit our Facebook Calendar or www.thebridgepai.org.

Mighty persisters, nasty women all, carry the poetic torch toward life, liberty, pursuit of happiness for women too!

Patricia Asuncion
Cynthia Atkins
Mary Carroll-Hackett
Courtney LeBlanc
Amelia Williams

MAR 17 Persisters

Daily Prompt Love <3 What Emerges

6 February 2018

Thinking a lot today about how the new emerges from the old. 

Go back to an old piece of writing, and use the last line of that as the first line of something new. 

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Daily Prompt Love <3 Please Listen


26 January 2018

Make art about not being heard. 


Daily Prompt Love <3 Need

25 January 2018

Some people’s need runs so deeply that, no matter how you might want to, you can’t fill it, can’t help them. 

Make art about deep need. 


Special Call for Submissions Love <3 Dove Tales Seeking Work Exploring Empathy In Art

Dove Tales

Our DoveTales journal is a manifestation of the Writing for Peace mission to promote writing that explores the many aspects of peace. One of our goals is to expose young writers to a diverse collection of thoughtful works by both established and emerging writers, as well as our Writing for Peace advisers.

DoveTales also features works by the winners of our annual Young Writer Competition. The journal will be released on July 1, 2018. There is no fee for submission, but please read our guidelines carefully.

Theme: The theme of our 2018 issue of DoveTales is Empathy in Art: Embracing the Other. As in our previous issues, we encourage contributors to take a broad view of the definitions of “empathy,” “art,” and “other” within the context of peace.

  • The reading period begins October 1st, 2017, and ends March 15th, 2018, for a publication date of July 1, 2018
  • We prefer previously unpublished work, but if you feel your published piece is especially relevant to our theme, and you own the rights to it, please give us all the particulars of its publishing history so we can be sure to properly credit the previous publisher.
  • Work must be submitted electronically through Submittable.  Please include a 50-word third-person biography, and make sure your contact information and mailing address are current.
  • We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Contributors maintain all rights to their work, but grant Writing for Peace the right to publish work in both hard copy and e-book formats. Contributors will receive one complimentary hard copy of the journal. Should the piece be re-published later, we would be grateful for a mention.

The theme of our 2018 issue of DoveTales is Empathy in Art: Embracing the Other. As in our previous issues, we encourage contributors to take a broad view of the definitions of “empathy,” “art,” and “other” within the context of peace.

Learn More About Writing For Peace Here

Complete Guidelines Here

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