Thursday, October 24
Hauntings: Three authors tell stories of mothers and other ghosts
As part of the 2013 Seattle Lit Crawl, writers Wendy Call, Anastacia Tolbert and Storme Webber perform stories of women haunted, women who haunt, and the ties that bind them together. All three have participated in the Hedgebrook Women’s writing retreat, and will be introduced by Hedgebrook’s Katie Woodzick.
About the Presenters:
Wendy Call’s book No Word for Welcome won the Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction in 2011. She has been Writer in Residence at twenty institutions, including Richard Hugo House, Harborview Medical Center, and Everglades National Park – all of which were definitely haunted.
Anastacia Tolbert is a writer, Cave Canem Fellow, Hedgebrook Alumna, EDGE Professional Writers Graduate, VONA alum, creative writing workshop facilitator, documentarian and playwright. She is the recipient of the San Diego Journalism Press Club Award for the article “War Torn.” She is writer, co-director, and co-producer of GOTBREAST? Documentary (2007): a documentary about the views of women regarding breast and body image. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction have been published in: WomenArts Quarterly, Specter Magazine, Crab Creek Review, Everyday Other Things, Women Writers in Bloom, Saltwater Quarterly, The Poetry Breakfast, Things Lost, Midnight Tea Book, Reverie, Alehouse Journal, Women. Period., The Drunken Boat, Torch, Clamor Magazine, Cave Canem XI, Check the Rhyme, An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees (Nominated for the 2007 NAACP Award), I Woke Up and Put My Crown On: 76 Voices of African American Women, Essence Magazine, Number One Magazine, Chicken Bones Journal, The Nubian Chronicles, Hair Piecez, San Diego City Beat, The Pitch Weekly, and The Source Magazine.
Internationally nurtured poet, playwright, teacher, interdisciplinary artist Storme Webber creates blues infused, socially engaged texts about Two Spirit identity, art activism and the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory and spirit. Her performances are an innovative melding of text, performance and a cappella vocals. She’s featured in the award-winning documentary “Venus Boyz”.
Katie Woodzick is Hedgebrook’s External Relations Manager. She is also a writer, director and actress.
Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture. We offer writing residencies, master classes and salons at our 25-year-old retreat on Whidbey Island, and public programs around the country that connect writers with readers and audiences.
About Lit Crawl Seattle:
Lit Crawl Seattle is literary mayhem at its finest: an entire evening of free readings by some of the Seattle area’s most groundbreaking and beloved writers in bars and cafés, bookstores and art galleries, performance spaces and dance halls. On Thursday, October 24, Seattle lit lovers will Crawl in three hour-long shifts beginning at 6 p.m., progressing toward an afterparty at Richard Hugo House.
Now in its second year, Lit Crawl Seattle is among the constellation of literary pub crawls that started in San Francisco as part of the storied Litquake festival and now has a presence in New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Iowa City, and London. Each location organizes its own version of the Crawl, reflecting the unique literary makeup and talents of that city.
Last year’s Seattle Lit Crawl featured more than 60 writers, actors, dancers, and musicians in 15 different venues across Capitol Hill. The 2013 event promises to be just as exciting, with fiction, memoir, poetry, art, and more from the likes of Ivan Doig, Nicole Hardy, Will Self, Kathleen Flinn, Sean Beaudoin, Ellen Forney, and many, many others.
For updates on author appearances and other news, follow Lit Crawl Seattle on Facebook and Twitter. Look for maps to appear early in October; they will be available at the Elliott Bay Book Company, the Richard Hugo House, and at various locations on Capitol Hill.
Above photos (L-R): Katie Woodzick by Kathryn Parrott, Anastacia Tolbert by Zorn Taylor, Wendy Call by Rosanne Olson, Storme Webber by Jack Straw Productions