Jeff Biggers http://jeffrbiggers.com/ (born in 1963) is an American writer, editor, journalist, playwright, critic and performance artist. He is the author of three books, and co-editor of a fourth. This clip is from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9uo2Q0dccM
http://coalfreefutureproject.org/ The Coal Free Future Project is a collaboration of award-winning American artists—writers, actors/theatre director, filmmakers and musicians—who have come together to combine their long-time experiences in the clean energy, anti-coal and climate justice movements to create performances and workshops that inform and inspire action around a simple but basic truth in our lives: It's time to envision a coal free future and work toward clean energy independence.
2/24/2011 - Jeff Biggers at Warren Wilson College - Asheville, NC, Free public event http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/email/newsletter/1410755379
Jeff has a lot to say -- all of it worth reading and hearing http://www.google.com/search?q=%22jeff+biggers%22&hl=en&safe=off&tbs=vid:1,sbd:1&source=lnt&sa=X&ei=fdU9TdasJsSAlAejm9zqBQ&ved=0CBgQpwUoAQ Saying that Jeff willing shares himself with others and their causes is a vast understatement.
Biggers has worked as a writer, educator and community organizer across the United States, Europe, India and Mexico. His award-winning stories have appeared on NPR, PRI, CNN, Salon.com, the Washington Post, and in scores of travel, literary and music magazines, and national and foreign newspapers, and various anthologies. He has been a commentator on National Public Radio's Morning Edition and for Pacific News Service national syndication. His work has received numerous honors, including an American Book Award, the Sierra Club's David R. Brower Award, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, a Field Foundation Fellowship, a Plattner Award for Appalachian Literature, a Delta Award for Literature in Southern Illinois, and an Illinois Arts Council Creative Non-Fiction Award. He serves as a contributing editor to The Bloomsbury Review, and is a member of the PEN American Center. In the 1990s, as part of his work to develop literacy and literary programs in rural, reservation and neglected communities in the American Southwest, he founded the Northern Arizona Book Festival.
In the 1980s, Biggers served as an assistant to former Senator George McGovern in Washington, DC, and as a personal aide to Rev. William Sloane Coffin at the Riverside Church in New York City. As part of his work with the homeless in New York, Biggers co-founded the Interfaith Assembly on Housing and Homelessness. Born in Ohio, raised in Illinois and Arizona, he earned a B.A. in History and English at Hunter College in New York City. He also studied at the University of California in Berkeley, Columbia University and the University of Arizona.
Biggers is also a playwright, whose first play, "4½ Hours: Across the Stones of Fire," explores the fate of a young couple threatened by an impending mountaintop removal mining operation in their community. Produced by the Coal Free Future Project, a collective of artists, actors, filmmakers and musicians co-founded by Biggers, the play has toured nationally and appears on Off Broadway at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York City on June 4--13, 2010.