In These Times reviews Coal Mountain

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Last night, just before the reading at the Mayday bookstore collective, Peter Rachleff–one of my dearest friends and one of the finest labor historians in the country–walked in with a photocopy of Kari Lyderson’s wonderful new article on Coal Mountain Elementary, just published in the new (June 2009) issue of In These Times. And after the reading, thanks to Don Olson who keeps all the local bookstores stocked with indie journals and magazines (someone should create an award for Don’s long tenure of keeping independent writing and independent thought available here in the Twin Cities), I was able to get a copy of the issue itself. The article isn’t online yet [Note: review is now viewable online], so anyone interested will have to make the trip to their local independent this weekend to get their hands on a copy–not such a bad way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, by the way. If the review is published online I’ll update this post with the link.

A wonderful crowd at the Mayday last night to celebrate the publication of Emmanuel Ortiz’s new chapbook, Brown unLike Me, just out from Red Salmon Press/Calaca Press. Grab a copy while you can. Great cover art by Ricardo Levins Morales (from the Northland Poster Collective) and, it goes without saying, great poems inside. We miss you here in the Twin Cities, Emmanuel. And we’ll miss Tara Widener from the Steelworkers, too, who told me last night she’s relocating to Pittsburgh. Too many good people leaving town.


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