We invite you to a dangerous realm. This place is haunted and happy, tragic and true. It’s cast with ordinary heroes and everyday villains, and set in duplexes and on street corners. This place is unique and common, foreign and familiar. The shadows and the successes are intimate, and vulnerable.
Welcome to live storytelling.
This is where it doesn’t matter if you’re a welder, math teacher, high school dropout, arborist, pharmacist, house wife, or house husband. Open up. Your sparks become soliloquies, your ideas turn to inventions.
We’re inventing something new, too. This fall, to celebrate our new collaboration with Literary Arts — another of Portland’s longstanding storytelling Institutions — we’re hosting a group of authors at our Urban Tellers® workshop. Six local writers, practitioners of the page and a solitary practice, will take to the stage in front of a live audience for Wordstock. They’ll pour themselves through an unfiltered distillation process, and become a new kind of narrator.
So, come peer into the world of wordsmithing, and get a glimpse into new lives. Witness their risk, listen to their stories, and be inspired to delve into your own.
Gigi RosenbergGigi Rosenberg is an author and a coach to artists and entrepreneurs. Her essays and articles have been published by Psychology Today, Seal Press and Poets & Writers. She’s been a guest commentator on Oregon Public Broadcasting and performed her dramatic monologues at Seattle’s On The Boards. In 2010, she wrote The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing (Watson-Guptill) to ensure that every moment an artist spends writing a grant application pushes her art further into the world. Previously one of the best book editors Canada had, she’s now Editor of Professional Artist, an award-winning business magazine for visual artists with 20,000 subscribers, and a board member at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, Oregon. Her current project is My Secret Father: a memoir. For the latest, visit gigirosenberg.com.
Rachel Miller-HowardRachel grew up under the gray skies of Michigan. She attended Wesleyan University, where she studied anthropology. She lived in New Mexico, Antarctica, and Alaska before being called to the atmospheric familiarity of Portland. These days, she works on education documentaries for Dawson Media Group, and writes haiku from mountainside campsites in her space time. She’s passionate about fried foods, static radio on endless road trips, and jumping into mysterious bodies of water.
Kate RistauKate is a folklorist and author. Her middle grade series, Clockbreakers, follows Charlie, an eleven-year-old girl in a wheelchair who gets a key to go back in time.
Kate is a storyteller at heart, and In her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she’ll be in Oregon with her husband, her son, and her dog. Find out more about Kate Ristau at her website http://kateristau.com/