What will you find here on the wilderside?
Long Island music coverage; festival listings; our poetry; poetry events; third party politics; Green Party politics; anti-war activism; justice issues; Occupy Wall Street updates; sustainable living ideas; and environmental issues. Also, affiliate shopping links for good stuff like books and music.
At election time, we rock on information you need, such as who is on the ballot and what is really going on.
Our focus circles outward: Babylon, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, USA, (and some international).
Please come back and visit. Almost always one post a day, often several a week, from both of our perspectives.
Biography of the co-creators
The Wilders’ life has always veered between art and politics. When they got together in the late 1990′s, Kimberly and Ian ratcheted up their activities. Together, Ian and Kimberly Wilder published chapbooks; gave dozens of poetry readings; wrote newspaper articles; and hosted events.
Kimberly plays flute and piano, and is known to read poetry in French. She is an early childhood educator and commenter on education issues. Ian has performed spoken word as a part of the near-mythic folk groovin’ band Nylon & Steel.
The Wilders were excited to work on Ralph Nader’s 2000 presidential campaign. And, within four years they had: co-founded the Babylon Greens at their kitchen table; run the first full ticket of Greens in their town’s history; got Kimberly twice elected to the Executive Committee of Green Party of New York State (GPNYS) in 2002 -04. They both served as delegates to the 2004 Green Party Presidential Convention in Milwaukee, and as delegates to the 2008 Green Party Presidential Convention in Chicago.
In early 2006, beginning with conversation at a Green Party meeting in New Paltz, NY, Ian created the peace slate concept which was used statewide by the GPNYS and nationally by GPUS. Kimberly & Ian developed the Long Island for Malachy campaign, and the website they created for it was archived by the Library of Congress as an example of the 2006 election: LongIsland for Malachy (At the Library of Congress: here.)
From 2008-2011, Kimberly was the Interim Coordinator of Peacesmiths, following in the footsteps of her friend, Susan Blake.
Ian’s has completed 3 terms as an elected member of his Co-op board, where he has served two terms as treasurer.
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