Storme Webber /
Storme Webber (Aleut/Black/Choctaw) is a Two-Spirit writer, interdisciplinary artist, curator, educator, and cultural producer. 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.
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.
Audio Work Samples: http://www.stormewebber.com/listen/
Casino: A Palimpsest, a solo performance and visual art installation of Seattle-based performance artist and poet Storme Webber. Through family photographs, archival records, and poetry, Webber unearths a personal history of one of the oldest gay bars on the West Coast, the Casino. As with a palimpsest, on which writing that has been erased remains visible under new script, the historical documents in this exhibition reveal some of the many histories that lie beneath Seattle’s streets.
Beginning in the late nineteenth century, saloons, bars, and diners on Seattle’s Skid Row (present-day Pioneer Square) provided a haven for poor folks, lesbian mothers, urban and displaced Natives, gay servicemen, working girls, hustlers, achnucek (two spirits), butches, femmes, drag queens, and the city’s working class long before the creation of “safe spaces” for LGBTQ people. Establishments such as the Double Header, the Busy Bee Café, and the Casino—all located near the corner of South Washington Street and Second Avenue South—provided refuge for many, including Webber’s own family.
With poetry, images and performance the artist’s family lines draw us in, displaying the warmth, strength, and resilience of people who are well accustomed to adapting to change and new environments. Webber is descended from Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) women with origins in Seldovia, Alaska, and from Black and Choctaw women from the Deep South of Texas and Louisiana. They personify the perseverance displayed by Black and Indigenous peoples in all eras. In a city where history is vanishing daily, Webber’s work stands as a corrective witness, seeking to restore narratives that have been lost in the evolving myth of Seattle.
Critical Acclaim for Casino: A Palimpsest
KUOW, NPR affiliate Seattle: http://kuow.org/post/seattles-lgbtq-history-isnt-white-middle-class-men
The Seattle Weekly: http://www.seattleweekly.com/arts/storme-webbers-stories-of-survival/