City of Immigrants
An evening of music and literature to benefit Still Waters in a Storm.
- Monday, April 17, 2017 at 8:00pm
- Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
- Expected Run Time is 90 minutes
With music by Steve Earle, Rosanne Cash and Wesley Stace, all of whom are also accomplished writers, and readings by Valeria Luiselli, Alvaro Enrigue–two of Mexico’s most celebrated authors–and the great Guatemalan-American novelist Francisco Goldman.
“The work of Still Waters is precious and rare. In these walls lies a hope that we must not allow to be extinguished.” -Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winner, author of War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Steve Earle is one of today’s master musical storytellers, whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. Throughout his more than 30-year career, Mr. Earle has mined the veins of American roots music: country rock and roll, folk and rockabilly. His debut record, Guitar Town, shot to No. 1 on the country charts, and his Grammy Award-winning albums include The Revolution Starts…Now, Washington Square Serenade and Townes. He is host of “The Steve Earle Show: Hardcore Troubadour”Radio, on Sirius XM Radio.
On June 10, his collaborative album with Shawn Colvin, Colvin & Earle, was released on Fantasy Records. COLVIN & EARLE, produced by Buddy Miller, reveals a truly creative partnership between these friends who first met nearly three decades ago. His debut novel, I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, was published in 2011, and a second novel and a memoir are forthcoming. Mr. Earle is also recognized as an actor from his roles on HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme,” both created by David Simon. His website is steveearle.com
One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four GRAMMY Awards and nominations for 11 more, as well as 21 top-40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. She is also an author whose four books include the best-selling
memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Oxford-American, the Nation and many more print and online publications. In addition to continual touring, Cash has partnered in programming collaborations with Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, San Francisco Jazz, Minnesota Orchestra and The Library of Congress.
She was awarded the SAG/AFTRA Lifetime Achievement award for Sound Recordings in 2012 and received the 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts. She was chosen as a Perspective Series artist at Carnegie Hall and hosted four concerts (including a major show of her own in February 2016) during their 2015/16 season. She continues her association with Carnegie Hall as a Creative Partner. She also served as 2015 Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. On October 11, 2015 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
Cash’s landmark 2009 album, “The List,” won the Americana Music Album of the Year award. In her latest release, “The River and the Thread,” a collaboration with husband/co-writer/ producer and arranger John Leventhal, Cash evokes a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, musical and historic landscape of the American South. The album has received impressive worldwide acclaim and attained the highest debut in the Billboard charts of any of her previous albums. It received 3 Grammy Awards in 2015.
Wesley Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex in 1965. Under the name John Wesley Harding, he released 17 albums, ranging from traditional folk to full-on pop. His newest album, Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding, will be released on February 24, 2017. Wes created Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders, a one-of-a-kind variety show with celebrated musicians, writers and comedians. From its home base at City Winery in New York City, where it was called “one of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer” by the New Yorker, the Cabinet has since been performed in theaters around the country and around the world. He has also published four novels, including the international bestseller Misfortune, the most recent being Wonderkid. Stace reviews for the Wall Street Journal and the Times Literary Supplement, and he has taught at Princeton, Swarthmore and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He lives in Philadelphia.
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Africa. She is the author of the book of essays SIDEWALKS, and the internationally acclaimed novels FACES IN THE CROWD and THE STORY OF MY TEETH. Her work has been sold in translation in more than fifteen languages, and she has written for The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and Freeman’s. Her novel THE STORY OF MY TEETH won the LA Times Best Book Award and was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. In in 2014, she was a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” award.
Álvaro Enrigue was a Cullman Center Fellow and a Fellow at the Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies. He has taught at New York University, Princeton University, the University of Maryland, and Columbia University. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The White Review, n+1, London Review of Books, El País, among others. His most recent novel Sudden Death, which was his first translated into English, was awarded the prestigious Herralde Prize in Spain, the Elena Poniatowska International Novel Award in Mexico, and the Barcelona Prize for Fiction. Enrigue was born in Mexico and lives in New York City.
Francisco Goldman is the author of Say Her Name (2011), winner of the Prix Femina Etranger, and of The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle (2014) and four other award-winning books; he has been published in 15 languages. He has received a Cullman Center Fellowship, a Guggenheim, and a Berlin Prize, and the 2017 Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and numerous other publications. He lives in Mexico City, but teaches one semester annually at Trinity College in Hartford, and for several years has been a mentor at Still Waters.
Still Waters in a Storm is one of the most beautiful collectives of human beings I’ve ever seen. It’s astonishing, peaceful, cozy, and intellectually vibrant, all at the same time. On the day I visited, the children wrote and read out loud their own stories and everyone listened to each other in a sacred hush, because that’s what kids at Still Waters are taught to do by their brilliant, loving teacher, Stephen Haff. One girl wrote about feeling too shy to talk on the phone with a grandmother in Mexico she’d never met, then feeling overwhelmed with regret when that grandmother died before they could develop a relationship. One wrote about his responsibilities at home, and also his dreams; another about her mother’s pain at being separated from a baby brother back in Mexico. The children are astonishingly self-aware and willing to express themselves; but even more than that, they are willing to listen. Stephen believes – really believes — that the world would be a different place if people stopped forcing each other to do stuff, and started listening. The entire world hasn’t yet accepted this vision. But this one group of children has. And maybe that is miracle enough. –Susan Cain, author of Quiet