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 and or email

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

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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