Getting arrested is expensive, millennial Taylor Brorby learned after he engaged in civil disobedience in Boone, Iowa, last autumn to protest construction of the Bakken Oil Pipeline. Taking a stand on behalf of his old home, near the North Dakota Badlands, and his new home, Ames, where he's pursing MFA studies in creative writing and the environment, Taylor views Dakota Access Pipeline construction across the U.S. as an incursion he has to resist.
Love of landscape and concern for nephews who he fears may someday ask him why he didn't do more. His new book, Coming Alive: Action & Civil Disobedience, describes Taylor Brorby's reluctant journey from homebody to activist. A good read for people grappling with their own evolving activism. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl.
Writes' Voices is pleased to once again welcome Steve Semken, founder of Ice Cube Press in North Liberty, Iowa, and author of "Soul External: Rediscovering the Great Blue Heron." This book is a new breed, and difficult to describe. The Ice Cube Press web site promises a "realm full of lore, hearsay, myth, and spirt." The late environmental book reviewer from Orion magazine, Peter Sauer, called it mythological natural history, and although apt, that is only a partial description. Semken mixes in memoir, philosophical meanderings, inspirational quotes, poetry, graphic design, experimental typography, and fine artworks from Andrew Driscoll. The result? Well, you'll have to see it for yourself.
Tune in this week for another journey into the world of books.