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Bloom: A Reading Series

Monday, April 12th 2021 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm

We’ve partnered with the folks behind Storyfort to bring you the second season of Bloom: A Reading Series featuring fiction writers, poets, playwrights, creative nonfiction writers, and podcasters live on stage in IBG’s Meditation Garden. 

This week’s Bloom features:

📖  Tai Simpson
📖  Calvin Pineda
📖  Matilda Gaddi
📖  Michèle Carter-Cram

📖  Bennett Huhn
📖  Nolie Schneider

Gates @ 5 pm
Reading from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

$5 – Members
$10 – Nonmembers

Bring your picnic blanket, folding chair, food and drink of choice, and an ear for some amazing writers and creatives.

Get Your Tickets Here

May 10 — Info Here

June 14 — Info Here

July 12  — Info Here

Aug 9  — Info Here

Sept 13 — Info Here

Tai Simpson

“The Storyteller” is Tai Simpson’s name in the Indigenous language of the Nez Perce Tribe. Tai studied Sociology and Political Philosophy at Boise State University. In the community, she serves as an organizer for the Indigenous Idaho Alliance and works as a Social Change Advocate with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence.

As an antiracism activist and community leader, she uses contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling to champion radical inclusion, equity, and liberation. Tai can be found on Instagram @TaiSimpson, via Facebook @Tai.Simpson.1, and at www.taisimpson.com

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Calvin Pineda

Calvin Pineda (he/him) is a playwright and essayist who serves as Artistic Director of Odd Hours Theater Company. This is his fifth show with the company, having worked previously as an actor, producer, and most recently, as writer-director of the slapstick murder mystery ‘Honeypie Comes Home.’

He is intimately familiar with all 39 of Bob Dylan’s studio albums, and once shook hands with Florida Senator Marco Rubio, which is a strange thing to gloat about. He co-writes the podcast ‘Sage Country Fragments’ and lives in Kuna, Idaho with his family and cat.

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MATILDA GADDI

Matilda Gaddi (she/her) has worked as an actor, writer, and stage manager for Odd Hours Theater Company since 2018, and Managing Director since 2020. She has had the pleasure of participating in nine sessions of BCT’s Theater Lab, and has worked professionally with companies such as HomeGrown Theatre. Her other passions include competitive speech and debate, psychology, and making intricate friendship bracelets.

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Michèle Carter-Cram

Michèle Carter-Cram (she/her) is grateful beyond words to have the opportunity to share this piece alongside some of her favorite people. She has been fortunate to have worked on projects in both Boise and New York (Sarah Lawrence College, BA 2023) as an actor, educator, technical designer, writer, stage manager, and director.

Michele believes in theater as a tool for change and holds specific interests in classical theater, combat and intimacy direction, accessible and anti racist theater, and Viewpoints/Suzuki work. In her spare time, she enjoys making ridiculously overcomplicated tea drinks, learning ASL, and terrifying her family with experiments in vegan cooking.

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Bennett Huhn

Bennett Huhn (he/him) is an actor, writer, and musician who has worked with Odd Hours Theater Company since 2018. His interests include playing guitar, graphic design, and the 1986 film ‘Transformers: The Movie.’ His latest album, ‘Tales from the Quarantine,’ was released in October 2020.

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Nolie Schneider

Nolie Schneider (she/her) is a Sophomore at Sage International School who serves as Script Supervisor for Odd Hours Theater Company. Previously, she has worked for the company as an actor, assistant director, and co-writer of ‘Honeypie Comes Home.’ She enjoys reading, writing, and the music of Billy Joel.

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The series will take place in our Meditation Garden and the shady, expansive green area that surrounds it. At this time, we will not have vendors at this event. Visitors are welcome to bring in their own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

*** Please help us keep the garden clean by packing in and packing out your picnic!

 Attendance will be limited to these events, which will very easily allow artists and attendees 6′ – 10′ between themselves and others. Please be mindful of other guests and practice social-distancing at all times. Face masks are required for your safety and the safety of others. All PA and event equipment will be sanitized regularly.