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  1. Dear Moneta,

    I’m helping Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson put together an evening of literary performance for the Saturday, September 20 gala opening of their Art Party here in San Jose. We would be so excited if you would come read!

    The Art Party started in Anne and Mark’s house, grew out to the garden and garage, then to a warehouse, and now this year’s Art Party is at the San Jose Fairgrounds. The event celebrates the work of hundreds of artists of all stripes—visual art, fire, dance, fashion, music, film, performance and spoken word—from traditional to experimental, academic to street. I saw your Quiet Lightning readings, and thought you would help the Art Party’s inaugural spoken word lounge get off to a lively start.

    Date: Saturday, September 20
    Venue: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 433 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95111 http://artpartysj.com/about-the-art-party/location/

    I realize it’s a really long way to travel, but I’m hoping to build in some synergy by inviting people who might enjoy having an opportunity to work together. Some other invitees who might be kindred spirits include Owen Hill, Rachel Loden, Peter Bullen, and Matthew Zapruder, and from down your way, Ron Carlson and Amy Gerstler. Let’s hope they all say yes, so I don’t look like a total con artist.

    The Spoken Word Lounge will be presenting 40-minute sets of writers, interspersed with 20 minutes of acoustic music, from 7 p.m. till midnight, with an open mic to follow. We’re initially asking for just 10 minutes per reader. If that seems a bit meager for someone traveling several hundred miles, because one set is being curated by the women who run Flash Fiction Forum, I’m hoping we’ll be able to take advantage of the elasticity of time here and there.

    I’d love to offer cash honorariums, but this is the first year they’ve added literary programming, and so we will have to build on this year’s success to see what might be possible in the future. Having it at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds is a first, too, and was crowdfunded through Kickstarter.

    But to recognize the value of everyone’s contribution, we are offering all performers $60 of in-kind payment: a free ticket to the party (includes re-entry to view art from September 21–24, including the closing event with FashionART Santa Cruz on Thursday evening 6pm to 10pm.), a free drink ticket for any of the bars, a free food ticket for any of the food trucks, and a parking pass, if needed. We are organizing “Artbnb” for complimentary lodging, and I am applying for an Amtrak sponsorship in hopes that we could at least offer some transportation support. (The Coast Starlight from LA to SJ is lovely, although it does take about 10 hours. But you can eat, drink, sleep, work, walk around, etc., so there are some advantages.) Of course, you would be welcome and encouraged to wander around and enjoy everything the party has to offer before and after your appearance: http://artpartysj.com/

    The Spoken Word Lounge will also have a place where you can sell your books and CDs, etc. [Unless the proceeds from your sales would go to a nonprofit, you would need a free temporary seller’s permit, since we have been informed that our event is on the State Board of Equalization’s radar. See http://www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/pub73.pdf for more info and location of the local office nearest you (http://www.boe.ca.gov/info/phone.htm ). Temp permits are also available online https://efile.boe.ca.gov/ereg/index.boe .]

    There will be a stage manager running the sound and lights, so if you would have any particular cues or tech requirements, let me know.

    Once we know who’s coming, we’ll program the schedule, and provide all the salient details, passes, etc. If, for any reason, you have particular scheduling needs, just let me know and we will work it out accordingly.

    It would be wonderful to have you join the festivities. The Art Party is always a great time, and I know you would help make this year especially memorable. I look forward to hearing from you.


    Ann Elliott Sherman
    346 N. 12th St.
    San José, CA 95112

    • Hello Ann,

      I’m in! Absolutely. Where do I sign?

      Also: I’m not worthy! This might be the single most undeserving email I’ve received since the time I was accidentally audited by the IRS (turns out they were looking for ‘Moishe of ABC’, no kidding).

      Thank you kindly. I look forward to seeing you in September, & will do my very best not to disappoint. 🙂


      p.s. If all works out with the sponsorship, Amtrak seems like the ideal method of travel. Also, my close friend actually runs the Art Bar in Santa Cruz, so I imagine I’d stay with him over the dates mentioned above.

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