“The truth has always been hard to take, hard to speak; the easy way out is not, I hope, an American tradition.” ~Liz Caile
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2018 Liz Caile Express Your Peace Contest
December 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Submit writing and artwork in honor of Liz Caile and her fierce commitement to peace, writing and protecting the environment at MFP’s 2018 Creative Arts Contest!.
The Liz Caile Express Your Peace Contest
For 20 years Liz Caile challenged the readers of her weekly columns in The Mountain-Ear newspaper to consider things in a way they probably hadn’t before. Sometimes what she wrote made people angry, but she always left the reader with something to consider.
She treasured the natural world, and our interconnection with it. Liz sought to exist in harmony with the land. She spent much of her adult life living in small cabins, only accessible by foot, where she raised her three sons.
When the U.S. Forrest Service bulldozed her cabin due to the fact that it was an unpatented mining claim Liz was spurred on to begin sharing her experiences and insights through her writing, composing articles about what was important to her: the environment, war, society, and her family.
“I share my thoughts in hopes they will provoke others in their efforts to touch the earth.”
By the time Liz was 51 she was suffering from what the doctors thought was rheumatoid arthritis, but which turned out to be a brain tumor. Two years later on Valentine’s Day 1998 Liz Caile left behind her insightful and provocative writings to the world and future generations, encouraging us to appreciate the natural world around us, and “to sift for the truth” ourselves.
In honor of Liz Caile and her committment to self-expression, the Mountain Forum for Peace holds an annual contest for art and writing. Coupled with youth workshops leading up to the main event every Fall, the contest brings young and old together in celebration of Liz’s life and legacy, and encourages our community to engage with each other through art and the written word.