Back Stage – Newsom sells out |

Back Stage – Newsom sells out

Harpist/singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom’s benefit for The Inkwell was so popular last week that prospective ticket holders were turned away at the door due to a sold-out performance.

“We had a standing room only crowd at the Center for the Arts Friday to hear Joanna Newsom and others perform as a benefit for The Inkwell, which was started at Nevada Union High School last year by our nonprofit organization, Literature Alive,” said Gary Cooke, Literature Alive’s president, last Sunday.

Cooke estimates that about $2,500 will be raised for The Inkwell through the approximately 300 tickets sold.

“We needed a budget of at least $8,000 for this year’s Inkwell program and we received a wonderful grant of $5,000 from the Nevada County Office of Education (thanks to Terry McAteer and the County School Board),” Cooke said. “We’ve received at least $500 in other donations for this program so Joanna’s benefit concert really put us over the top!”

The Inkwell is run by Grace Totherow in cooperation with Patricia McLean and Nevada Union High School’s English department.

Students turn their feelings, experiences and imaginings into artfully written expression, Cooke added.

Totherow and four students read poems at the concert. Totherow’s group Rumble & Flood and guitarist/singer-songwriter Alela also appeared.

“Joanna is an immense talent and the audience responded with shouts, yelps and finally a standing ovation,” Cooke said. “Her lyrics reflect poetic gifts we saw in 2002 when Literature Alive invited her to read her work at our annual ‘Listening to the Wild’ event.”

In other Literature Alive news, the group’s annual Wordslingers Festival on Oct. 9 will feature Anne Lamott that night. The afternoon writing workshops will be led by local writers.

Call 272-5812 for general information about Literature Alive or 273-3566 for workshop information.

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