Covering the people ‘Igniting the Spirit of Peace through the Arts’

mmb-feb19-19-1I’m Michael Barrick of Lenoir, N.C. A West Virginia native, I’ve spent my whole life (well, not yet I haven’t) in Appalachia – except for being trapped in Charlotte, N.C. for six years until I found I-77 and headed north, back home. It’s a long story after that. Which leads me to … if you are interested in stories about Appalachian people working in the creative and performing arts, keep reading!

I have not abandoned hope that we can return our region to one that is at peace, not divided by partisan fanaticism. It is my experience that the best way for that to happen is for the performance and creative arts to thrive. Indeed, they “Ignite the Spirit of Peace.” The arts are the universal language. So, instead of the previous menu of political and news reporting/commentary, I will now be covering Folk and Americana art, music, storytelling, poetry and more.


I also try to do a little something to contribute to the spirit of peace through my vocation, so I offer various workshops (I prefer gatherings). These include “A Community of Writer,s” “Gathering a Family History,” and others. These are ideal for adults and students 14 and older wanting to strengthen their writing and communication skills, whether attending a public, home or private school. To learn more, please contact me at lenoirvoice@gmail.com.


4 responses

  1. Hi Mike,have you had a chance to look over the information I gave you?

    Steve Garvin

  2. Hi,

    I’m Tokoni, A student and poet. Its nice to meet your I’d like to invite you to my blog, http://www.insanitybeautiful.wordpress.com if you’re interested. Thanks!

  3. Dear Michael, Have you heard of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)? They have been building a movement for Community Rights and the Rights of Nature, the disregard for both of which is at the heart of the current state of affairs. I just received this newsletter from them. Website http://www.celdf.org. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on their approach by return email.


    We are pleased to announce that CELDF received a grant from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) in support of CELDF’s work to build a movement for Community Rights and the Rights of Nature. Thank you, LDF! Check out LDF’s work here, and see CELDF highlighted here.


    Athens County, OH, residents were victorious in a recent challenge to their community rights county charter initiative. Facing unprecedented volumes of fracking wastewater and the loss of clean water due to fracking, residents are working to create a county charter containing a Community Bill of Rights to establish the right to “direct democracy” through initiative and referendum powers, and ban fracking and its infrastructure. The Board of Elections attempted to block the proposed measure, and CELDF successfully defended the people’s right to place the measure on the ballot. Read more here.


    This month, CELDF travels to the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina off the coast of Colombia. The Raizal people of the islands are allying with CELDF to advance their right to self-determination and the rights of nature. Read more about the threat they face from oil exploration, and their history of struggle for self-determination, here.

    Thank you,

    All of us at CELDF
    PO Box 360
    Mercersburg, PA 17236

  4. I am dismayed – very – that you are ceasing publication. You write wonderfully – such good insight and just the right touches of humor – and your love for Appalachia shines through. I don’t know how blogs actually work – but if there is any way to access everything you’ve written, online or in print, please – please – advise. – Nancy in WV

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