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Writ Large : An Evening of Storytelling curated by Alya Howe
December 1, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFree
Nicole B. Hagg has performed most jobs short of smelting tar. A recovering attorney, she is a full-time writer, storyteller, evolving ukulele player, distance runner, yoga teacher, and shameless Francophile. Ms. Hagg’s work is published in Suspect Press, Elephant Journal and Rebelle Society. Her essay work was chosen for the national production “Listen To Your Mother,” and featured in “The Forum Stories, Process. Speaking engagements include The Mizel Theater, McNichols Building, and Civic Center Park in Denver. Nicole resides in Denver, Colorado on Hijinks Farms; the name she gave her backyard to feel more like a farmer. There, she raises two endlessly funny small people, six chickens, two cats and an appropriate amount of trouble. She is presently editing her debut, future New York Times best-selling novel, “Great Love Stories Include a Frenchman.” Dream big, friends.
Basalt resident Cindy Hirschfeld has been involved with stories for much of her life, as a passionate reader, professional writer, and longtime book and magazine editor. The story she will tell highlights a situation she never imagined she’d find herself in … and one she hopes won’t ever happen again.
Kate Howe, discepolo della sperientia, is an untrained guelrilla social anthropologist who travels the world in search of experiences which spark and reveal story. More at katehowe.com.
Bill Kight is a native New Mexican who loves the Southwest. He has hiked or fought wildfires in the wilderness of every western state since he was 17. His poems about these experiences have been described as having grit. In 2016 Bill retired from public service after 38 years of managing America’s public lands. He writes a monthly column, “It’s About Time,” for the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. He also hosts “For Land’s Sake,” a public affairs program live-streamed on KDNK at 4:30 pm the second Tuesday of every month. Bill loves to read poetry and tell stories around the campfire.
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer’s poetry has appeared in O Magazine, TEDx, Rattle, on A Prairie Home Companion and on river rocks around town. In 2015, she was appointed Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope. She’s written articles for Backpacker, Shelter, Herb Home Companion, Natural Home,and worked as an editor for the Telluride Times Journal and Telluride Magazine. She edited Charity: True Stories of Giving & Receiving and has had essays published in An Elevated View: Colorado Writers on Writing and Red Thread, Gold Thread: The Poet’s Voice. She directed the Telluride Writers Guild for 10 years and now co-directs the Talking Gourds Poetry Club. Since 2006, she’s written a poem a day. Favorite one-word mantra: Adjust.
Genevieve Vilamizar – “Having sprouted as a Mass-hole in the outskirts of Boston 45 years ago, Genevieve has surfed rooftops and snowbanks in North Dakota and camped the beaches of Southern California. She swam silent desert waters buck naked and canoed syrupy midwestern rivers… fully clothed. She built forts with the fellas in the rolling forests of a factory town and plumbed the bowels of the earth in D.C.’s subways and hill country cave systems. In going “under,” Genevieve had at last found places to hide. Peace and silence. As a marginalized kid, caving was a spooky, challenging inward journey that led to an outward, expansive love of climbing—and eventually, to a new life in Colorado, at 21. Exploring the recreational gifts of Colorado’s hippy recreation—both physical and psychotrophic—Genevieve began to assess the torn, crumpled pile of her life: instability and its mirage of shifting family configurations, changing homes, changing jobs…schools…faces and landscapes. Tonight’s story picks up with her first attempts at wholeness. She shares with each of you an excruciatingly honest portrayal of self realization, common to more women’s lives than we’d like to believe. As tonight shows, we all have many stories, not just one. This story is but a chapter; it’s not who she “is” anymore. Genevieve’s story will make you squirm, and even question her, but standby and meet her at the finish line: “How I Discovered Running And A Punch To The Face Made Me A Winner