Blues Divine is at heart an ancestral mixtape and tribute. These poems have been creative salvations, signposts, people's history and testimonies. Inside is a journey of many intersections and switchbacks, fast running rivers and swamplands, as well as those sacred places where sun splits the sky wide open. Born into a crossing over place where Indigenous met African met Texan met Alaskan Native, sat down in a pre-Stonewall gay bar and discussed shadows and recovery...left home age ten and been looking ever since...sang and sang again...rambled on...and still underway. "Everything about Storme Webber signifies something. Her writing signifies lost words re-discovered, re-birthed, and given new meaning. Her voice signifies the memories of our mothers and grandmothers - and their mothers. It signifies both the calmness and tempestuousness of primordial waters. Storme's very presence signifies the global 'we'. The 'we' of this planet whose roots run deep into the earth, who have tended the earth, ever since Sky-woman was lowered onto the turtle's back. Storme signifies this. She signifies the we-womyn-who-love-womyn-who-live-womyn-centered-lives, politically, personally, spiritually... at times vulnerably, at times fearlessly, but always honestly. Storme Webber signifies the consummate artist/priestess. When you witness her center-stage, or hear her recordings, you witness more than performance, you witness ritual. " Sha'Ifa Mami Watu, Hiphop Haijin/Lyricist-the Legacy trio.
About the Author
Storme Webber is a writer, interdisciplinary artist, curator, educator, and cultural producer. Her poetry has been featured in numerous anthologies, including: Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing; Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems & Affirmations for People Living with HIV/AIDS; Black Women and Writing: The Migration of the Subject; Jack Straw Writers Anthology (Volume 13); Yellow Medicine Review: International Queer Indigenous Voices; and The Popular Front of Contemporary Poetry Anthology. Her poetry collections include Diaspora, Blues Divine, and the forthcoming Noirish Lesbiana. Storme teaches Creative Writing to young people at the University of Washington, and has served as featured faculty at Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island Writer's Conference, Chuckanut Writer's Conference, The University of Puget Sound, Seattle University, and Richard Hugo House. She has been featured in the documentaries Venus Boyz, May Ayim: Hope in Heart, What's Right with Gays These Days?, and Living Two Spirit. Her performance credits include international spoken word tours and theater, including her own solo interdisciplinary works Buddy Rabbit and Noirish Lesbiana: A Night at the Sub Room. www.stormewebber.com