Tuesday, April 28, 2009

one pot + hedgebrook = may 8th

hedgebrook might be the best kept secret in the literary world - it is a cultural jewel - i was blind with joy to discover something like this even exists and am thrilled to see it continue to thrive - and and and i am even happier (and deeply honored) to be able to work with them. they tell the story best - so here are the details about may 8th straight from hedgebrook (hammad and steinem pictured above):

Hedgebrook extends its community dinner table to Seattle with FEAST - an uncommon dinner event featuring three electrifying female poets, live music by extraordinary female artists, and a magnificent meal prepared by One Pot. Erika Burke from Volunteer Park Cafe, Autumn Martin of Theo Chocolate fame, and other leading local chefs.

FEAST features three rising star Hedgebrook poets: SUHEIR HAMMAD first came to public attention with her appearance on in the Tony award winning Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, then HBO. A Palestinian-American writer and political activist, Hammad's books include ZaatarDiva, Born Palestinian, Born Black. Also an actor, she plays the lead in the recent Cannes Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival Selection "Salt of This Sea". The powerful voice of UCHECHI KALU emerges with rare grace, on topics from the very personal to very public. Her work appears in literary journals, anthologies, and on the radio. Writer and poet, RUTH FORMAN, wrote the award winning poetry collections We are the Young Magicians and Renaissance, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. About Forman, theater artist Peter Sellars commented: "This young magician has entered into her full powers of womanhood. Her new body of work is vivid, immediate, available, consoling and tender. It is arriving on schedule for the new America."

Tickets for FEAST are $100 (all proceeds go directly to Hedgebrook)
make a reservation by clicking here
Friday, May 8, 7 pm
Fremont Abbey
4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle

FEAST launches Hedgebrook's 2009 series of Seattle events called Much Depends on Dinner – designed to raise awareness of Hedgebrook's extraordinary roster of women writers; and funds to support their residencies. Featuring readings by and conversation with Hedgebrook writers, these unique dinner events are produced with partners Hebb and Nicole Vandenberg of Vandenberg Communications.

Hedgebrook is a Whidbey Island retreat for women writers who come from all over the world to write, rejuvenate and be in community. We provide space and time for them to write, and produce innovative programs to bring their work to new and diverse audiences. Thousands of literary works have been created at Hedgebrook impacting readers and writers all over the world. As alumna Gloria Steinem says; "Hedgebrook isn't a retreat…it's an advance."


The next event in the series, RISE, on July 9th, will feature luminary Hedgebrook alumna Gloria Steinem.

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