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Kudos to just-published family members!

The most amazing thing happened a few days ago. My cousin, Pulitzer Prize nominee Greg Barrett, has been laboring over his new book since 2010 and it was just released. But here’s the surprise – he included the refrain from a reggae-style song by Lazar (my son, now of Tribal Frequencies, who hold the #1 […]

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New book acknowledges S.Oregon songwriter as inspiration...

The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq, by Greg Barrett

With a Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Afterward by peace activist Shane Claiborne, The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq is a true story of people from the small desert town of Rutba, Iraq who saved the lives of three American peacemakers when a car wreck nearly killed them on their way out of the country, just days after the Shock and Awe campaign began in 2003 and despite the fact the Rutba General Hospital had been destroyed by bombs just 3 days before. Southern Oregon songwriter Lazar had the honor of a refrain from one of his songs published, along with a thank you for his music, in the book’s acknowledgements.

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Indie Art: Writer/Musician Dao Strom Opens Her Circle to a New Audience

Dao Strom at Shore Acres State Park, Oregon, by Lincoln Meeker

“We Were Meant to Be a Gentle People” is a musical and literary project that combines an EP with illustrated chapbook to explore the history and culture of Vietnam. After her agent said her manuscript was “too literary” to market, writer and musician Dao Strom took the project to the Oregon Arts Commission and earned a Career Opportunity Grant. Now she seeks a new audience with an internet campaign at Indiegogo.com.

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SOAR Welcomes Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts!

Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts 2011

The festival, which draws an enthusiastic crowd of art lovers to Jacksonville on Labor Day weekend, is part of a long-term initiative to create a Community Center for the town. Though admission is free to the public, entry fees from vendors cover the event’s expenses and contribute to funding for the long-anticipated Community Center.

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