Voices from the American Land

Editorial Board
Summer Wood
Renny Golden
John Orne Green
Charles E. Little
Dorothy B. Bowen

Advisory Council
Darlene Chandler Bassett
Wendell Berry
Gary Snyder
George F. Thompson

Voices from the
American Land
P.O. Box 1297
Taos, NM 87571
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The most unfailing herald, companion, and follower of the awakening of a great people to work a beneficial change in
opinion or institution, is Poetry.
At such periods, there is an accumulation of power of communicating and receiving intense and impassioned
conceptions respecting man and nature. . . . Poets are the unacknowledged legislators
of the world.

Percy Bysshe Shelley
A Defence of Poetry, Part I
Published 1840

Ghost Ranch, D. Bowen

In Memoriam:
Charles E. Little

Dear Friends,

On June 20, 2014, our beloved Charles Little passed away after a long illness. 

We are deeply grateful to Charles, a founder of Voices from the American Land, for his deep and passionate commitment to the land, and for the largeness of spirit he shared with all he met. We will miss him terribly.

There will be a memorial service for Charles on Saturday, July 12, at 11 am at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in Placitas, NM. In lieu of flowers, Charles' wife Ila has asked that those who wish to remember Charles in this way make a contribution, instead, to either of two organizations Charles held dear. 

Donations may be sent to Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 768, Placitas NM 87043. Please note "Charles Little Memorial Garden" on the check.

Alternately, you may donate in Charles' memory to Voices from the American Land, P.O. Box 1297, Taos NM 87571.

We will be collecting reminiscences and tributes to Charles to publish later this summer, and invite you to send your own recollections. Please do let us know how Charles has been a part of your life. He has been such a large part of ours, and we would like to honor this great and dear man in a way that reflects our love and respect for him, and our gratitude for his contributions.

With thanks to you all,
The Board of Directors, Voices from the American Land

Voices from the American Land is an unusual land conservation program that uses contemporary poetic voices to “move the message of the land.” Through chapbook publication, local readings, and educational activities, we seek to revive and amplify a dominant tradition in American letters: the poetry of place. In this way, we seek to celebrate and help protect America's extraordinary heritage of land and landscape.

How do we do this? With the help of an Advisory Council, our volunteer Editors select the locales — outstanding cultural and natural landscapes — and the authors whose poetry can vividly reveal these landscapes. Three times a year we publish a chapbook celebrating a specific landscape. We organize local readings, and host lively and engaging events to focus attention on the specific conservation qualities of the region.

Our first aim is to reach residents of the area, reinvigorating their appreciation for their home ground and supporting their efforts to protect it. The overall scope of the program reaches beyond the specific locales, though. We engage superb poets and promote their work to a national audience. The pleasure afforded by the poetry will, we believe, lead to a richer engagement with our outstanding  landscapes — and to a more significant understanding of the issues that face them.

We invite you to join us in this work. The program is supported primarily by “Voices Associates,” a distinguished group of member-subscribers who provide annual donations of $50 to $500 and receive, in turn, a complimentary subscription to the chapbooks. Those contributing $100 or more are listed in the chapbooks issued during their term of membership. 
We’d love to hear from you about the landscapes that matter to you. Write to us at editors@voicesfromtheamericanland.org. Message us on Facebook. Sign up to receive our free weekly newsletter in your inbox (link coming soon), and we’ll include a poem a week from the Voices Archive. Learn more about the advantages of becoming a Voices Associate.

Thanks for your interest in this work — and for the care that you bring to your own treasured landscapes.

Voices from the American Land gratefully acknowledges the support of the Pleasant Rowland Foundation, the New Mexico Humanities Council, the Conservation and Research Foundation, and individual sponsors.

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