Come see some amazing pictures and hear some wild stories!
I have been gathering all sorts of documentation to show how working people brought electricity to the Northwest, and then have kept it running.
IBEW #77, the local union that represents many of these workers (since 1897), hired me to write a book about their history. I have, and what a history it is.
Northwest Folklife Festival
SUNDAY, May 26, 5-6 PM
Narrative Stage at SIFF Cinema
training at NUTEC center
Seattle City Light crew with truck
a crew of “telephone girls” telephone operators circa 1910
first BPA line crew 1939-40
Hear ye, hear ye– listen up!
A series of readings, verbal riffs, and pronouncements held at Vintage Vine (in Roslyn, WA), where beer, wine, and conversation mix it up.
Come on down and hear for yourself. Start time is always 7:30 PM.
The 2012-2013 series is just getting its sea legs:
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2012
More details on the Oyez Roslyn! website.
To offer $upport, or to get on the playlist:
info (at) elliebelew (dot) com
Hanford reach, winter 2004.
I am currently writing a novel, As Though There Were No Tomorrow, based on the life of a woman scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project.
Much of this novel is centered around her time at Hanford (Washington), as fuel for the world’s first atomic bomb is created.
My novel braids together upon this one landscape, known now as the Hanford Reach, stories we consider historical, juxtaposing this rational way of thinking about our past with knowledge that is more elusive: what we could know, if we paid better attention.
Who better to make this journey than a woman who helped create the Atom Bomb?
Where better to consider our relations within and interconnection with the natural world than in a sacred place, now flooded, a toxic waste preserve that because of its very toxicity in now wild and rich shrubbe steppe?
Zama Vanessa Helder, “Coulee Looking West,” c. 1940, watercolor (Collection of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA)
I gave a reading in Seattle in December, 2011, at the 266th meeting of Its’s About Time.
My co-readers wwere be Pat Hurshell, Bruce Taylor, and Leisha McIntyre.
I read excerpts from my novel in progress, As Though There Were No Tomorrow, and a couple of short prose pieces from a series I add to erratically. With luck I will soon get a sampling up on this site.