Friday July 22, Story-Telling Night

The Willing Heart- Stories of Love and Laughter
Presented by The Seattle Storytelling Guild and SPLAB
DATE: Friday, July 22 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  SPLAB 3651 S. Edmunds, Seattle, WA 98118
In the Columbia Cultural Corner (the former Columbia School). Enter from Edmunds. Off street parking is available and we’re three blocks from the Link Light Rail stop in Columbia City.

Traditional love stories and the real life stories that mirror them are the stuff of Gerald Fierst’s new book The Heart of the Wedding and of his performance piece The Willing Heart.

Fierst, a Civil Celebrant who has officiated at hundreds of weddings, transforms his life experience into road maps of love, using his stories to reveal the vagaries, contradictions, and delights of the willing heart.  One of America’s foremost storytellers.  he has been a featured at the National Storytelling Festival as well as festivals and cultural institutions worldwide.   His performances combine stories and teachings from his own Jewish tradition, world folklore, literary material and original tales.

ABC News called him “A Master Storyteller” and Frank Hentschker, Director of Theater Programming at the Graduate Center of New York called him “An American Master of Ceremonies”

His book has been reviewed “an exciting, valuable book  . . .  His journey with couples restores the beauty and transformational aspects of marriage ceremony.  He plucked the marriage event from its ordinary place of being only public declaration and sharing of taxes and insurance to reveal the power of transformation that draws two people into a circle of love. “

For more information and to contact Fierst go his websites www.geraldfierst.com and www.theheartofthewedding.com or email gerald@geraldfierst.com


PROGRAM:
Magic Matzoh Ball
Silver Tree, Gold Tree
Skywoman’s Basket
The Foolish Prince
Tiger’s Whiskers
Lillian Oppenheim
The Great Big Smelly Small Tooth Dog
A Letter to Harvey Milk

About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson:

Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival

Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos.

Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily.

*MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

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