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FEATURED ARTISTS 2017
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A musician and storyteller since the early 1980s, Willy Claflin tells original and traditional stories, and is the speaking-mouth-person for Maynard Moose, the only quadruped on the storytelling circuit. Claflin has authored multiple award-winning recordings and has performed across the globe. Look for him on Saturday Day
Akwi Nji is a performance poet, actor, and writer. Her work has appeared in Little Village, Hip Mama, Upscale Magazine, Collective Soundwaves and she has performed as a storyteller for The Moth. She is Founder and Executive Director of The Hook; an 2016 Artist Fellow through the Iowa Arts Council; producer of The NewBo PoJam with SPT Theatre, the largest performance poetry and storytelling event in the Creative Corridor. You can see her on Saturday day
Leslie Scatchard has been involved in theater, in one way or another, most of her life. After twenty years acting on stage, and drawing on her teaching experience, she began directing Greeley Kids' Theatre Company in the Sierra foothills of California. She grew a program for children that quickly became a local "hit". She directed Petaluma Kids Theatre until 2016. She is still available for private acting classes for kids....Look for her on Saturday
With over 1,500 performances playing Joey Bishop in the Rat Pack, under his belt Mickey Joseph left Vegas & Joey behind to return to his roots-Stand-up Comedy. This rubber-faced, non-stop, comic genius should not be missed! He brings out the best in his audience with his jack-hammer delivery, manic facial expressions and timely physical humor! You can see him on Saturday day.
What kinds of tales does Cathryn Fairlee tell? Traditional ones, the older the better, with particular fondness for epics, medieval stories and ancient myths. Her Master’s Degree is in the history of professional Chinese Teahouse Telling. She enjoys looking for several versions of a story and researching its cultural background and sharing what she has learned. You can see her on Friday Night telling a Ghost Story and all day on Sunday.
Giovanni Singleton’s debut collection Ascension, informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane, received the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her writing has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum, San Francisco’s first Visual Poetry and Performance Festival, and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She holds the 2017-18 Holloway Lectureship in Poetry at University of California-Berkeley. You can see her as part of the Poet-trio on Saturday day
Amanda McTigue’s debut novel Going to Solace (published by HD Media Press) was named a Best Read of 2012 by public radio KRCB’s literary program “Word by Word.” Her recent short stories have been published in Typehouse, Literally Stories and 99 Pine Street. She’s hard at work on her second novel. You can see her on Friday night at our Ghost Stories
TEDx speaker and 4-time Moth Winner (1 Grandslam). Brandon Spars lived and traveled in Indonesia and the Pacific Islands for six years before earning a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of California/Berkeley. Brandon recently released his first collection of tales, entitled Live to Tell. You can see Brandon on Friday night at the Ghost Stories, Saturday day hosing the Liars contest and Sunday.
You can see Hal on Friday night at the Ghost Stories
Kathleen Winter's second book, I will not kick my friends, won the 2017 Elixir Poetry Prize and will be published in 2018. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The New Statesman, Yale Review, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review, Poetry London, Tin House, The New Republic and Volt. She teaches at Sonoma State and Santa Rosa Junior College. You can see her at part of the Poet-trio on Saturday day.
You can see Ray on Saturday day at West Side Stories
You can see her on Saturday at the West Side Stories
Matthew began his professional storytelling career at the tender age of six when the family television was damaged in a mysterious accident which he had absolutely nothing to do with. His vindictive parents refused to buy a new TV, and sentenced young Matthew to a lifetime of reading books as punishment. Matt recently returned to Sonoma County. You can see Matt on Saturday day at West Side Stories.
Gregory Mahrer’s work has been published or is forthcoming in The New England Review, The Indiana Review, Green Mountains Review, Volt, Colorado Review and elsewhere. In 2014 his poem, Refrain, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received a special mention. He lives and works in rural Northern California and Baja California Sur, Mexico. You can see him at the Poet-trio on Saturday
You can see Bradford on Saturday day at West Side Stories Petaluma
You can see Jerrie at West Side Stories Petaluma on Saturday day.
You can see Angie on Saturday day at West Side Stories Petaluma
You can see Al on Saturday day for West Side Stories
You can see Ken at West Side Stories on Saturday day