Start: 10:00 am
End: 2:00 pm
Presence, Not Presents For Writers, Non-Writers and Pre-WritersSat., Feb. 2 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $65 As Valentine’s Day approaches, give the gift of your presence by writing something from the heart: an homage, memory or love letter; a welcome to a new baby or family member; the speech you never made; a poem or story that’s waiting to be told. We’ll use guided imagery to tap into creativity, access the inner voice and the whispers of the heart. If possible, please bring a photo or an object that evokes what s/he means to you.Catherine Flaxman is a writer and story consultant. She has sold two screenplays and received two artists’ grants from the Marin Arts Council. She is a licensed psychotherapist with a background in the creative, contemplative and expressive arts.
Start: 11:00 am
Rebecah Freeling is a master storyteller, experienced early childhood educator, and parent coach. New to California, she recently joined the faculty of Marin Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera. For thirteen years she was owner, Director and Lead Teacher of Briar Rose Children's Center in her home state of Ohio. Her magical stories, both original and drawn from the folk and fairy tale traditions, are enhanced by handmade table puppets and simple marionettes. One often observes the children hearing her stories to be sitting on the edge of their seats, eyes wide and mouths open in anticipation!
Start: 1:00 pm
Tom Fels presents Buying the Farm: Peace and War on a Sixties Commune ($24.95). Founded in 1968, Montague Farm was one of a group of New Age communes intending to set an example of how life might be lived outside the conventional strictures of mid- to late twentieth century American life. Informed by his own experience as a resident of Montague Farm, by decades of contact with the farm’s extended family, and by the considerable writing about this period – from memoirs, novels, and notes of farm-family members to academic studies in the history and sociology of the time, Fels strives to bring alive an era of contemporary history, and to link it both to its consequences in the present and to its roots in the past. Tom Fels worked as a curator, mounting exhibits at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the California Historical Society, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, as well as at the Van Gogh Museum, in Amsterdam. In 1986 he was named a Chester Dale Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in 1998 a Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow of the Huntington Library.
Start: 4:00 pm
In Expanding the Pie ($29.94), Susan Ross provides useful tools and frameworks for designing, implementing and evaluating effective relationships, the basis of all partnerships. Whether you are an individual, consultant or organization these tools and strategies can be beneficial. Sharing collaborative case studies, Ross will identify factors that make partnerships successful and offer lessons that managers and individuals can use for future opportunities.Susan Rae Ross is the founder and CEO of SR International, a consulting company that provides corporations, nonprofits and government agencies with strategies and tools to actively facilitate successful partnerships across traditional sectors.
Start: 7:00 pm
Join Jane Hirschfield, Persis Karim, José Luis Gutiérrez, Dana Teen Lomax and editor Beau Beausoleil as they read from Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets & Writers Respond to the March 5, 2007 Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of Booksellers" ($20.00). On March 5th, 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad—the historic center of Baghdad bookselling—wounding more than 100 people and killing more than 30. This anthology begins with a historical introduction to al-Mutanabbi Street and includes the writing of Iraqis as well as a wide swath of international poets and writers who were outraged by this attack. Exploring the question "Where does al-MutanabbiStreet start?", the book looks at both communities and nations, seeking to show the commonality between a small street in Baghdad and other individual cultural centers and explain why this attack was an attack on us all. Chapters examine al-Mutanabbi Street as a place for the free exchange of ideas, a place that has long offered its sanctuary to the complete spectrum of Iraqi voices, and a place where the roots of democracy took hold many hundreds of years ago.Beau Beausoleil is the founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition and the author of Concealed in Language. Deema Shehabi is a Pushcart Prize–nominated writer who has contributed to numerous journals, including the Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, and Poetry Review (London). She is the author of Thirteen Departures from the Moon. They both live in San Francisco.