For Immediate Release
March 8, 2011
Contact: Ray Zimmerman (423) 315-0721
Spoken Word Fundraiser ‘New Voices’ Planned for March 19 in Chattanooga
Event includes poetry, live jazz, readings from conservation giants to benefit Tennessee Wild
Chattanooga, TN: Tennessee Wild is pleased to present an evening of Spoken word artistry on Saturday, March 19, 8 PM to 10:30 PM at the Salvation Army, 800 McCallie Avenue, in Chattanooga. The event is open to the public. A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door. The evening will feature the recital of original poetry as well as readings from the works some of America’s most influential conservation greats including John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey and Henry David Thoreau. The Undoctored Originals will perform improvisational jazz.
Local storyteller Jim Pfitzer, known as a Tennessee Treasure, will emcee the event. Pfitzer will also perform “Thinking Like a Mountain.”. The fundraiser is collaboration between local poet Ray Zimmerman and Tennessee Wild’s Jeff Hunter. According to Hunter, “Ray invited me to attend one of his New Voices events, and I was very moved by the talent in our community. I was especially struck by the fusion of impromptu jazz and poetry. It is really inspiring, and Tennessee Wild is in the business of inspiring people.”
The event will take place in the newly refurbished Salvation Army facility near the campus of UTC. Coffee and baked goods will be available. For more information, please contact Ray Zimmerman at 423-315-0721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennessee Wild is dedicated to protecting wilderness on the Cherokee National Forest for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations. We aim to educate the public about the benefits of wilderness and promote volunteerism and the sound stewardship of Tennessee's wild places.