Seeking New Ground

Clifton Ross
Please see the attached flyer on the event "Seeking New Ground," two perspectives on the catastrophe of our present and our need for transformation, featuring talks by Lierre Keith and Curtis White,  Friday, November 20th at Berkeley City College, not quite a block down from Downtown Berkeley Bart Station at 2050 Center Street.

At five p.m.  Farmer, activist and author Lierre Keith will open the evening event with a talk followed by a book signing of her controversial work, "The Vegetarian Myth."

We'll have a break, at which time refreshments will be served in the atrium where representatives from worker-owned business collectives will be on hand selling literature and offering information about cooperative, community workplaces.

At seven p.m. Curtis White will read from and talk about his new book, "The Barbaric Heart." The late Molly Ivans  called Curtis White "a splendidly cranky academic" and Elle magazine describes him as "the most inspiringly wicked social critic of the moment." In seven books of fiction, four books of social criticism and in countless articles and interviews, Curtis White has also been a prophetic voice of sanity and a guiding light in a nation that has lost its way. His book, "Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves" attacks the bland liberalism as well as the blind conservatism of our country equally and urges us to seek what's truly authentic in ourselves and our creative traditions of resistance and to find a way out of our crisis in a reawakening of the moral imagination. This talk is co-sponsored by KPFA and the Berkeley City College English Department as a benefit for Milvia Street.

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Clifton Ross is a free lance writer and videographer who has been reporting on Latin America for over 25 years.He has edited many anthologies including: A Dream Made of Stars: A Bilingual Anthology of Nicaraguan Poetry and Voice of Fire: Communiques and Interviews of the Zapatista National Liberation Army. He is the translator of Quetzalcoatl by Ernesto Cardenal and author of When Good Dogs Have Bad Dreams: Four American Poets.

Fables for an Open Field has just been released in Spanish by La Casa Tomada of Venezuela. His forthcoming book of poems in translation, Traduciendo el Silencio, will be published later this year by Venezuela's Ministry of Culture editorial, Perro y Rana.

In 2005 Clifton represented the U.S. along with Genny Lim in Venezuela's World Poetry Festival.

Ross currently teaches English at Berkeley City College, Berkeley, California. He can be reached at clifross@gmail.com .