On the older work page of this site, I talk about occupying ghost-towns as a metaphor for the places we've been mentally, emotionally, vocationally, digitally. In some cases, the journals where I first published flash fiction, prose poetry, and other work no longer exist. The pages don't load. The links are broken. In other cases, … Continue reading Ghost-Towns
We released this in 2012. I miss the live iterations of this project, which included visual art and movement. I miss working in the studio. I miss some of my best friends. The intro track is available on Bandcamp, but the the rest of the disc is where the real art is. Bandcamp
Yesterday, I wished you all a Happy St. David's Day. For more context, check out my St. David's Day greeting from last year, here. Oh, and also: Free Wales! On Monday, we'll observe Casimir Pulaski day with a short piece I read at an International Arts Movement event last year, an original photo of a … Continue reading St. David’s Day Redux and Casimir Pulaski
When closing comments are really the opening comments of what we have to do next.
I help convene a monthly discussion series at the Allentown Brew Works called Beerituality. Last week, we welcomed guests Cathy Frankenberg and Jon Geeting and wrestled with the topic of food deserts in the urban cores of the Lehigh Valley. Cathy is a founding organizer of an initiative to establish a food co-op in neighboring … Continue reading Freeganism, Food Deserts, Free Markets: Where the Invisible Hand Fears to Tread
Even if you don't live in Allentown or the Lehigh Valley, if you're interested in infrastructure, urban renewal, and stopping suburban sprawl (let's call it "mall creep"), this post is for you. As you might know, the former Philadelphia Phantoms are coming to Allentown. The Phantoms are the top-level developmental affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, … Continue reading Dear Wealthy School Districts: It’s Not Your Money, Anyway (A Note About Non-Property Taxes and the Earned Income Tax in Our Cities)
Spencer Soper's award-winning work on the deplorable conditions at an Amazon fulfillment center here in the Lehigh Valley has earned the Morning Call writer a nomination for journalism's greatest honor: The Tribune Co. is nominating Soper's Amazon exposé for a Pulitzer Prize. I've talked about Spencer's work a good deal in this space, and it's … Continue reading Spencer Soper for the Pulitzer? Yes, Please!