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Everyone is invited to join others for an event this Sunday, October 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. as Flagg Mountain hosts Pines, Poets and Plein Air.
This free program will feature artists, writers and naturalists as they share information and interpret the mountain’s ecology and natural history.
Pines, Poets and Plein Air is the second in a series of programs that pairs art and science to introduce visitors to the beauty and diversity of Alabama’s “first mountain.”
Experts from the Nature Conservancy in Alabama, Alabama Trails Foundation and the Alabama Forestry Commission will join visual artists demonstrating plein air – French for “in the open air” – painting and accomplished poets reading their work.
From their stations on and around the summit of Flagg, each will bring knowledge and interpretive practice to focus on the unique ecology of the area. This will include the remnant stand of Montane longleaf pine along with the mountain’s diverse bird and plant species.
This is a free event thanks to support from the Alabama Trails Foundation, the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Alabama State Council on the Arts, but registration is required.
The following is a spotlight of poets who will be participating in Sunday’s Pines, Poets and Plein Air program:
Salaam Green, founder of The Literary Healing Arts, is the current poet-in-residence for the Wallace House for Arts in Reconciliation. She has been an eco poetry fellow for the Magic City Poetry Festival and currently serves as a teaching writer for the Alabama Writers’ Forum. She is a racial healer with the Kellogg Foundation and a road scholar with the Alabama Humanities Alliance. Green’s debut poetry collection, “Healing in Harpersville,” will be published in 2024.
Taminko J. Kelley; a native of Jackson, Mississippi; is a spoken-word artist and author. She is the publisher at CoolBird Studios located in Alexander City and currently resides in Goodwater.
Tina Mozelle Braziel is the author of “Known by Salt” (Anhinga Press) and “Rooted by Thirst” (Porkbelly Press), and she is the winner of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. She is a recipient of an Alabama State Council on the Arts fellowship, an artist residency at Hot Springs National Park and the first Eco Poetry fellowship from the Magic City Poetry Festival. Braziel currently directs the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Information about parking, accessibility and other details will be provided with registration. In case of rain, the program will be rescheduled for Spring 2024.
Register for Sunday’s event at Flagg Mountain online at https://alabamatrailsfoundation.org/ppp23.