Please join us for a free poetry reading by druid Michael R. Gorman accompanied by violinist Sasha Tkacheff. Free. Refreshments. Open mic. For more info, visit http://www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com. Sponsored by Friends of Fremont Park and Poets and Writers, Inc., with funding from the James Irvine Foundation.
Michael Robert Gorman is a Lambda Literary Award Winning Author of “The Empress Is A Man” (Harrington Park Press). A recorded version of his poetry chapbook, “Poems from the Greenwood," is being released in August 2012; He has published in: Mom Guess What magazine, Green Egg Magazine, The Latest Issue newspaper, Genre magazine. He performed the Sacramento 24/7 Java City Cafe Poetry Marathon and its 10th anniversary marathon. Michael was named “Poet Laureate of Lavender Heights" (Sacramento Gay neighborhood) in 1998. He has been the featured reader at: Luna’s Cafe (multiple times), The Sacramento Poetry Center, Sacramento Thursday Night Market, the Sacramento Second Saturday Art Walk. Michael is the founder of the Annual Northern California Honored Bard Poetry Contest, founder of the Riverside Poetry Society, and creator of A Seanache’s Tour of Ireland in 2004. He has been a High School Creative Writing Teacher for 10 years and a Community College Writing Instructor for 15 years. Michael has a B.A. and an M.A. and is founder of The Sacramento Five Rivers Bardic Arts Collective, Director of The Five Rivers Players, Sculptor, Civil Rights Activist, Celtic Mystic, Performance Poet, Biographer, Journalist, Historian (Celtic and GLBT Primarily), Short Story writer, Storyteller (Seanache), Lyricist, and Playwright.
Sasha Tkacheff takes the violin to new dimensions with her eclectic set of original electric compositions. Blending elements of classical, blues, hip-hop and modern rock has singled out Sasha as one of California's up-and-coming artists. Sasha incorporates her passion into every improvisation, “I want to deconstruct accepted academic ideas about the nature of the violin and bring a new vision to the Rock ‘n Roll scene. It's time for the world to hear the true dimensions that the electric violin can express.” Growing her roots out of Sacramento, CA, SASHA began studying the violin at age eight. Over the past fifteen years Sasha has presented numerous performances for the JAMMIES and the Sacramento Youth Symphony where she served as concertmistress for a time. In recent years, Sasha has been cultivating the violin as an instrument of improvisation learning from several Blues and Jazz greats of Northern California. Her individual work and collaborations have led to featured performances at The Fillmore, Sacramento Concerts in the Park, California State Fair, Northern California Blues Festival, and Wells Fargo Pavilion. Look for Sasha at local concerts and clubs. Sasha released her debut EP, Phantom Love, in 2005. She is currently working on several new projects. Her book and CD Age of Coming is in progress. She is avaliable for solo performances and collaborating with your current project/album. She is able to meld with many genres, bringing an influence and out-of-world dimension with her electric violin. Sasha has performed for weddings, receptions, and professional events. A classy and experienced performer, she brings the appropriate ambiance with a contemporary edge. Visit her at www.sashasviolin.com for more information about CDs, booking, shows, and projects. Sign up on Sasha’s mailing list to hear the action first!