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Speakeasy Storytellers

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Storytelling Speakeasy 2018  
In true speakeasy form, and for one night only,
come into the empty tavern
to experience a dreamlike quality of
libation, live music, and storytelling
by poets and raconteurs.
Don’t miss it.
Like a circus,
the next day it will be gone
and the door
will be locked.

Admission is FREE
at the Brannan's Building in Downtown Calistoga
Cocktails & Wine for purchase

Storytellers- From here and beyond @ Brannan's

Little Nickie Triglia - Storytelling Coordinator

Nick Triglia enjoys spoken word, has performed poetry in the Napa Valley for over forty years, and has produced many literary events for non-profit organizations, such as Celebrate! Napa Valley.

Nick has written local history stories for the Calistoga Tribune. In 2005 he received the First Place award from the California Newspapers Association (CNPA), for a feature story in a weekly newspaper, titled The Polenta Club.

In 2009 Nick co-produced a twenty three minute documentary, Calistoga's Horrible Parade for Sharpsteen Museum of Calistoga History. The film details the madcap and irreverent hometown parade of the 50's and 60's.

Nick won First Place for his poem Urban Haiku News Chain Migration in the 2018 Jessamyn West Poetry Contest, Napa Valley College.

In 1978 one of his early poems, Working in the Vineyard, was published in a compilation of poems, Voices in the Wineland.
Nick lives with his wife Holly, dog Ember, and cat Zola, in the Napa Valley.

Colin MacPhail - Emcee

Colin MacPahil started his career telling ghost stories in the shadowing alleyways of old Edinburgh in Scotland. In time he became a presenter and producer of stories for the BBC where he received the Camelon Cup for ‘Services to Light Entertainment’. The common theme in his life is storytelling and now he helps wineries find and tell their true stories. He has lived in Napa Valley for over two decades.

Tori Barr

Tori Barr is a southern California native who moved to the valley in 2015 to study literature at Pacific Union College. After being introduced to spoken word poetry and slam communities across Bay area, she began writing and performing poetry around a variety of topics including what it means to her to be a child of an immigrant mother and the journey of exploring her queer identity. Tori stands as a 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam finalists for the Berkeley slam team and is currently working on her first chapbook.

Christine Falcon-Daigle

Christine Falcon-Daigle is a published writer whose fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in print and online. She has worked in film and radio, serving as associate producer for The Last Stand, an award-winning documentary that aired nationally on public television, and screened at more than two-dozen major film festivals worldwide.

She has read her work at literary events including San Francisco’s Litquake, The Bay Area Book Festival in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, The Downtown Art Center in San Rafael, Book Passage, Aqus Café and more.

She earned her MFA at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she also contributed to and moderated a panel discussion for the school’s inter-arts journal, Mission at Tenth. In 2007, her novel-in-progress This Is What I Know was named as a finalist in the William Faulkner Wisdom Creative Writing Competition sponsored by The Pirates’ Alley Society in New Orleans. In 2015 and again in 2017, Petaluma Readers’ Theater selected her work for live performance.

She currently lives in Sonoma County with her farmer husband and teenage daughter.

JKirk Feiereisen

JKirk is a poet, writer, artist, master coffee roaster, curator, owner of Yo El Rey Roasting, and the author of the Chameleon Diaries I and II.

Angela James

Angela James is a poet and storyteller steeped in the oral tradition of her family in the Caribbean. Her eclectic mix of poetry, stories, music and motion appeal to a wide range of audiences. Angela’s work has been published in the literary magazine, Sussuruss and in three collections - Personally, Random Pieces and Words. The CD Echo in the Bone features several of her poetry pieces as well her singing. Angela is a certified multi-disciplined teaching artist and has received grants to promote poetry and storytelling in schools.

Christina Julian

Christina Julian, an East Coaster turned Calistogan, is a wine and food columnist, novelist, and mama to toddling twins. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Enthusiast, Bohemian, and NorthBayBiz where she is a monthly columnist. Christina’s debut novel, The Dating Bender, was a 2017 Best Book Awards finalist. She will read, Bulldog, which recently ran in the Washington Post, and the anthology She’s Got This: Essays About Standing Strong and Moving On. Find her at

Ana Manwaring

Ana Manwaring is proud to announce the release of book two, of the JadeAnne Stone Mexico adventures: The Hydra Effect. It’s the continuation of the story set in motion in Set Up—Secrets and Lies in Zihuatanejo. In her day job, Ana coaches and edits with JAM Manuscript Consulting and teaches creative writing and memoir through Napa Valley College. Her poetry appears in anthologies, notably First Press, Collected Works from Napa Valley Writers 2017, Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Valentine, Sisters Born, Sisters Foundand Times They Were A-Changing, Women Remember the ‘60s and ‘70s. Ana reviews books on her blog, Building A Better Story. She is the recipient of the Helen S. Barnhardt award for service to the writing community and is active in both CWC and Sisters in Crime where she sits on boards. Ana is currently working on the third JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventure, Nothing Comes After Z and researching a historical novel set in Paris. Learn more at

Yvonne Henry

Yvonne Henry is a writer/photographer/painter/sculptor/standup comedian or some mutant combination thereof. Others describe her as an artist who does not shy away from abusing any medium.

Jeremy Benson

Jeremy Benson is the current Poet Laureate of Napa County. He writes poems; he has also written novels, short stories, articles, personal essays, stand-up comedy routines, short films, and many letters. Jeremy aims to cultivate a rich community of writers, readers, and artists, whether as a participant, patron, or planner. He has emceed open mics, curated readings, hosted craft-ins, led workshops, and cof-founded the Broken Nose Collective, an annual exchange of hand-made chapbooks.

Richard Loranger

Richard Loranger is a writer of poetry and prose, as well as a spoken word, performance, and visual artist, who has been working around the United States for over thirty years. He has lived in many parts of the country, including New York, Austin, Boulder, Ann Arbor, Chicago, and San Francisco, and he currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

He is the author of Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Press, 2016), Poems for Teeth (We Press, 2005), The Orange Book (International Review Press, 1990), and nine chapbooks, including 6 Questions, Hello Poems, and The Day Was Warm and Blue. His work has been included in over ninety magazines and journals, and twenty-five anthologies, among which are The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker and It’s Animal but Merciful (great weather for MEDIA), the online anthology HIV Here & Now, Overthrowing Capitalism Volume 2 (The Revolutionary Poets Brigade), Beyond the Rift: Poets of the Palisades (Poets Press), Beyond Definition and Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapalooza (both Manic-D Press), and The Portable Boog Reader (Boog Literature). Recent work can be found in Oakland Review #4 and Full of Crow: Winter 2017 Fiction.

Musical palate cleanse

Jon & Pete

Moonlight Daydream is Jon and Pete. Jon sings and plays guitar and trombone. Pete sings and plays banjo and guitar. Lots of harmonies and many gears to shift into and out of. They fear no request, and often carry an iPad for instant live karaoke action.
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