“Blue Collar Nomad” A Reading from the New Book of Essays on Travel & Place by Poet & Author Jake Kaida

Published Gaby Gross - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 3:14pm
Former Gainesville resident, Jake Kaida, will read from his new book, Blue Collar Nomad: The Literary Reflections of a Grassroots Pilgrim at the Civic Media Center in downtown Gainesville on Saturday, December 12th at 7:30p.m.

Jake Kaida lived nomadically from 1998-2010. He sponsored his way across the land as a farmhand, natural chef, organic gardener, bartender, landscape artist, writing instructor, and mentor to at-risk youth. Blue Collar Nomad is a compendium of his finest North American travel and place-based pieces. These atmospheric narratives transport readers deep into various localities and communities in the United States and Canada.

Blue Collar Nomad explores gritty urban areas, eclectic towns, and isolated geographical landscapes while presenting meaningful dialogues between the author and a cast of interesting, enlightening and often times marginalized local characters. This book stirs its readers to get out there and be with the land and its people, in order to deeply feel the world outside and within for themselves.

The book also comes with its own musical soundtrack, Wandering, composed by pianist Matthew Tavis Johnson from Southern Oregon.

There will be books and soundtracks for sale at the reading.


Author's Bio:

Jake Kaida, author of Blue Collar Nomad, is a nomadic writer, poet, and pilgrim who has spent time in all forty-eight continental United States and several Canadian provinces. Kaida's poems, spiritual essays and travel stories have been published in literary journals, newspapers, cultural magazines, and alternative media publications. Both Kaida's life and literary work engage un-conventional modes of living and create a much needed dialog between marginalized citizens, itinerant workers, spiritual seekers, artists and the greater community. Kaida has also recorded albums with several musicians, including the renowned jazz pianist Eddie Higgins.
"Blue Collar Nomad is a serene collection of meditations on self, time, and place in the 21st century American landscape. Evoking the spiritual quests of Jon Krakauer, Jack Kerouac, and Henry David Thoreau, this collection of poems, narratives, and essays affirms one’s faith in the power of language to root and restore a world of one. For anyone searching for the Church of the Blue Sky, reading Jake Kaida is a must.” —Nancy M. Grace, author, Breaking the Rule of Cool
$3-5 suggested donation
Sat, 12/12/2015 - 8:30pm
$3-5 suggested donation