With this Written Word, Spoken Word blog, I hope to help do my part to create and sustain a vital local literary counterculture here in St. Francois County and the surrounding area. As I discover the works and readings of other daring authors, I will publicize their events and share my responses to their works. I will also explore the possible sources of writerly inspiration available here and foster where possible crosscurrents with musicians and fine artists who via their work make our hearts beat faster and/or blow our minds. In the continuing absence of any other alternative media, I hope to bring attention to businesses, individual efforts, movements, activities and events that offer non-religious inflected social or virtual spaces for the advancement of critical thought, political freedom for all, and maximum personal liberty right here in the Missouri Bible Belt.
The blog is ancillary to my Written Word, Spoken Word booth (Elevating the Discourse with Style) in The Factory in Farmington, Missouri, where for money or barter I provide personal, business and creative writing and conversational services. Part performance art, part social provocation, part "business as unusual", I aspire to model for other literary artists and intellectuals a potential way to make a modest living in a bucolic setting in the hopes that they will leave their toxic urban ghettos, sooner rather than later, and fan out across the country for all of our mutual survival.