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'Storied Nights' spoken word series to be held in Somerville March 23 and April 6

Posted by Your Town  March 23, 2013 09:06 AM

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Daniel Gewertz, Somerville resident and writer, will be hosting a spoken word series called “Storied Nights” in Somerville on Saturdays March 23 and April 6. The event will feature a combination of prose writers and storytellers from the Boston area, including Stephen McCauley, Elizabeth Searle, Ethan Gilsdorf and others.

Gewertz—a memoirist, novelist and journalist for over 20 years—said that his goal for the event is to give the audience the opportunity to hear two very different forms of writing.

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“My whole idea behind it was to combine two forms that normally don’t get combined, storytelling and prose reading,” Gewertz said. “[There is] a great voice and a great story behind both storytelling and fiction writing—and prose writing in general—so why not try to combine it.”

Gewertz said that storytelling plays upon the memorized or extemporaneously telling of a story, with many conversational aspects. Prose writing, on the other hand, focuses on the craft of the written word, but read in the spirit of storytelling. Gewertz said hosting events like “Storied Nights” is his way of combining “the page and the stage.”

“I think that there’s just an underwhelming number of storytelling events, both told and written,” Gewertz said. “[I want to have the event] be both quality writing and entertaining.”

Gewertz said that storytelling has a place in every form of art, and that he is excited for the Somerville community to participate in a night of stories.

“I think [people should come] to hear good writers, good performers, literature as entertainment and maybe a [share in a] sense of community,” Gewertz said. “Good writing always leaves me with more of a connection to life and to people, so I hope they get that from [the event].”

“Storied Nights” will be held at Bloc 11 Café in Union Square on Saturdays March 23 and April 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council as part of their ArtsUnion initiative.


The line up of featured writers/performers includes:

March 23:

Daniel Gewertz: memoirist, novelist, journalist and Somerville resident. As a storyteller he won the Somerville Story Slam and WBUR’s first “Zip-Code Story” contest, both in 2011.

Stephen McCauley: novelist and Somerville resident; author of “Alternatives To Sex,” “Insignificant Others” and “The Object of My Affection” (which was turned into a Hollywood movie starring Jennifer Anniston and Paul Rudd).

Andrew Goldstein: novelist; author of “The Bookie’s Son,” based on his adventurous, sometimes dangerous childhood in The Bronx.

Katie Liesener: award-winning storyteller with the MassMouth organization.

Michael Mack: storyteller; creator of the one-man show “Conversations with my Molester,” which recently completed a Boston-run and was the subject of a New York Times article.

Thea Hopkins: Americana singer-songwriter and Somerville resident; wrote “Jesus Is On The Wire.”

April 6:

Daniel Gewertz: memoirist, novelist, journalist and Somerville resident. As a storyteller he won the Somerville Story Slam and WBUR’s first “Zip-Code Story” contest, both in 2011.

Elizabeth Searle: novelist, short-story writer and playwright; best known for “Celebrities in Disgrace” and “Tanya & Nancy: The Rock Opera.” Her recent novel is “Girl Held in Home.”

Ethan Gilsdorf: journalist, Grub Street writing teacher and Somerville resident; author of “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks.”

Elaine Mar: memoirist and Somerville resident; author of “Paper Daughter.”

Randy Ross: blogger, storyteller, teacher, soon-to-be novelist and Somerville resident; currently writing “The Loneliest Planet: A Handbook for the Chronically Single."

Judah Leblang: memoirist, Grub Street teacher and ex-Somerville resident, now in Medford; author of “Finding My Way.”

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