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  • Date: January 9
  • Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm PT

Ask the Oracle at Hotel Sorrento: Tod Marshall, Storme Webber, Rebecca Hoogs


Will you get that job you’re gunning for? Should you tell her you love her? Do you dare disturb the universe?


Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, poet and performer Storme Webber, and poet Rebecca Hoogs are tonight’s featured writers for the monthly divination series, hosted by poet Johnny Horton and generously sponsored by Hotel Sorrento. Write your most burning questions down and if fates allow it, it will be posed to the panel of writer-oracles, who’ll give you a glimpse into the future by reading a random passage from their respective books.

Come at 7:00 p.m., get a drink, and write your questions down! Divination begins at 7:30.

This event is free and takes place at Hotel Sorrento.

tod-marshall-1Tod Marshall is an award-winning poet and author of three collections of poetry, most recently Bugle (Canarium Books), winner of the 2015 Washington State Book Award. He holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and a PhD from the University of Kansas. He teaches at Gonzaga University and is serving from 2016-18 as Washington State Poet Laureate.


storme-webberStorme Webber is a poet, playwright, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She creates blues-influenced, socially engaged texts and images exploring identity, art activism, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory, and spirit. She was recently honored to be a recipient of the James W Ray Venture Project award, granted by Artist Trust and The Frye Museum.

Rebecca Hoogs is the author of Self-Storage (Stephen F. Austin University Press), a finalist for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry, and a chapbook, Grenade (GreenTower Press). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, FIELD, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva, The Journal, Poetry Northwest, The Florida Review, Cincinnati Review, and others. She won the 2010 Southeast Review poetry contest and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Artist Trust of Washington State. She is the Associate Director for Seattle Arts & Lectures and occasionally co-directs and teaches in the summer Creative Writing in Rome program for the University of Washington.

Johnny HortonJohn Wesley Horton (aka Johnny Horton) co-directs the University of Washington’s summer creative writing program in Rome. He’s received a Washington Artist Trust GAP grant and his poems appear in Poetry Northwest, Cutbank, Notre Dame Review, Borderlands, and The Los Angeles Review.