Acclaimed writer Roger Housden gathers celebrity presenters for a fundraiser to bring clean water to a village in West Africa. The goal is to raise enough money to supply the village of Njagbema in Sierra Leone with a hand pump and rainwater collection tank. The project sponsor is Wherever The Need. The program includes Anne Lamott, Peter Coyote, Nina Wise, Shepherd Bliss, George Taylor, Claressa Morrow, Kim Rosen and Lewis Richmond.
Peter Coyote is an American actor and author, co-founder of the Diggers, and veteran of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Coyote is the author of "The Rainman's Third Cure," and "Sleeping Where I Lie."
Roger Housden is an inspirational speaker and author of 20 art, poetry, and travel books that ask deep questions about the way we live—that encourage us, before we die, to live into the best that we are. His latest book Ten Poems to Say Goodbye was published in February 2012. Roger’s work has been featured often in Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. http://rogerhousden.com/ Poetry Recital: Self Inside Self: “A good poem is the distillation of a universal truth; its precision and clarity enables it to slip through the sentries of the heart to your core. When you feel something viscerally, when you know it in your bones, you can act on it.” -Roger Housden
Anne Lamott is an author of several novels and works of non-fiction. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her non-fiction works are largely autobiographical, with strong doses of self-deprecating humor and covering such subjects as alcoholism, single motherhood, and Christianity.
She appeals to many fans because of her sense of humor, her deeply felt insights, and her outspoken views on topics such as her left-of-center politics and her unconventional Christian faith. She is a graduate of Drew College Preparatory School in San Francisco, California. Her father, Kenneth Lamott, was also a writer and was the basis of her first novel, Hard Laughter.
Nina Wise is known for her provocative and original performance works. Her pieces have garnered seven Bay Area Critics' Circle Awards, and she has received, among other prestigious honors, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Her written pieces have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.