Bent Mentor Showcase featuring Storme Webber
Bent Writing Institute and TumbleMe Productions Present:
The 11th Annual Bent Mentor Showcase, Featuring Storme Webber!
On November 18th, Bent Writing Institute will showcase poetry, storytelling, and fiction written by Seattle's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. The annual event will return to MOHAI's McEachern Auditorium for one night only and will feature the work of Storme Webber, a multi-genre spoken word artist. Webber is the Founder/Artistic Director of Voices Rising: LGBTQ of Color Arts & Culture, and has been a City Artist with the Seattle Mayor's Office, a Writer in Residence at Richard Hugo House, and a CD Forum Creation Project Artist.
This year, the Bent board of directors chose to honor a local writer for the role of mentor, rather than choosing an LGBTQ artist from outside of Seattle. "Storme Webber is an example of the richness of talent and vision we have right here in town," says Elaina Ellis, co-producer of the showcase. "Bent is lucky to call Seattle home, for exactly this reason. Webber is an artist whose work speaks to a broad range of concerns, from current events and social injustices, to the complexities of love. We are moved by the idea that we don't need to call outside of 206 to get inspired." Indeed, former mentors have included Californian Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, New Yorker Kate Bornstein, author of My Gender Workbook, and the late Detroit recording artist and poet D. Blair. This year's showcase will be emceed by charismatic poet Marita Isabel, who hosted the Seattle Poetry Slam from 2010-2011.
In addition to the November 18th showcase at MOHAI, Bent will host a writing workshop taught by Webber on Sunday, November 20th. Tickets for the showcase and workshop will be available through Brown Paper Tickets. Bent is the nation's only Queer Writing Institute, founded by Richard Hugo House Writer in Residence Tara Hardy. Bent prides itself on a model which redefines criticism, nurturing what works and making writing accessible to those without a traditional arts education. More information about Bent classes and programming can be found at www.bentwriting.com.
*This is a Scent Free Event*
Please do not wear perfumes, essential oils and other scented body, hair and clothing products to help keep this event accessible for people with chemical sensitivities. More information about being scent free can be found here:
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