Evening of poetry and storytelling

Bump Cellars will host an evening of spoken words and music with the Sonoma Writer’s Workshop on Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. The Workshop includes local wordsmiths Daedalus Howell, Amy Peterson, Stacey Tuel, Lisa Summers, and poet/tattoo artist Shotsie Gorman.

Special guest musician Orion Letizi of the indie-pop band Animal Hours will play an acoustic set.

Locals will recognize Stacey Tuel from the Oak Hill Farm stand at the local Farmers’ Markets and from her days as host of the monthly “Words, String and Wild Things” series at Epicurean Connection. A woman of many talents, Stacey considers herself a “sometime teacher, farmgirl, goatmilker, musician, cavedweller.” She will be reading from her new works of poetry and fiction.

Daedalus Howell is a life-long local media gadfly who writes award-winning columns for the Sonoma Index-Tribune and the North Bay Bohemian. He is a frequent guest-host of The Drive on KSRO 1350 AM and the author of “I Heart Sonoma: How to Live & Drink in Wine Country.” He will read from the first installation of his sci-fi detective series scheduled to drop this Fall.

Shotsie Gorman is a spoken word poet performer, and his work is included in four anthologies of new American poets. Gorman spreads his creative energies to ceramic sculpture, and abstract paintings as well as fine oil and watercolor illustrations. His book “The Black Marks He Made” received several literary awards.

Amy Peterson has a PhD in Comparative Literature and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She is the recipient of two Fulbrights and other awards from universities in Indiana, Iowa, Hamburg, Berlin, and Vienna. Before joining a medical team at UCSF to pursue a parallel career in science writing, she taught poetry at the University of Iowa.

Lisa Summers is a Sonoma-based poet and author of “Star Thistle and Other Poems.” She received a Best New American Voices nomination for her short story, “The Bananafish.” Her work has been featured in zaum and Atlanta Review. She will be reading from her new collection of poetry Ogygia, scheduled for release this summer.

Geordie Carr, owner of Bump Cellars, hopes the tasting room “will continue to grow as a hub not only for our wine but as a space for the community of local artists, including writers, to exhibit and perform.” The space, former home of Sonoma Valley Music, is at 521 Broadway. Admission to the event is free. Wine will be for sale by glass or by tastings.

2 Responses to Evening of poetry and storytelling

  1. Revelina Mastonberry says:

    I heard that this group always performs naked. Does anyone know if that is true?