Oct 04

From the Desert to the Sea

Round 1

November 12th, 2016 at 7pm at Vinoteque


Ann Buxie is the host of Tales From the Sea, and Cheryl Montelle is the host of Desert Stories. Together, they’ll tell stories from the desert to the sea. In addition, Robert Kerbeck and Deanne Stillman will be reading.




Ann Buxie is an amazing storyteller who is the host of Tales From the Sea in Malibu.



Cheryl Montelle is a Los Angeles based writer whose stories have been published in online magazine, Divinecaroline.com, and the anthologies, Traveler Tales – It’s A Woman’s World Again, Deliver Me – True Confessions Of Motherhood, Raging Gracefully, Cup Of Comfort For Mothers To Be, Fresh Yarn, Seven Seas, On The Bus, Rattle, Moth, and Spillway. Cheryl has performed her work in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree and New York City. Beginning in 2007 she has been producing and hosting an annual spoken word fundraiser, Desert Stories, for the High Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree, CA.  In 2010 she took this spoken word event, under the name Live From Joshua Tree to boxOFFICE Gallery in New York City, and along with artist Diane Best produced the handmade, limited edition art book, Desert Stories featuring 11 writers and artists. In 2011 Cheryl collaborated with The Laboratory, an international artist collective, on Men Without Names, a multi-faceted  art show and magazine. Cheryl also created Red Arrow Reads, an author series bringing acclaimed authors to the Red Arrow Gallery in Joshua Tree.


Robert Kerbeck was the winner of the 2016 upstreet short fiction scholarship at this summer’s VCFA Postgraduate Writers’ Conference and was a finalist for the 2016 Writers@Work fellowship.His writing has most recently appeared in Word RiotCream City ReviewDrunk MonkeysCortland Review, and The MacGuffin. His first play, “Putin and the Snowman,” opened Off-Broadway in July. Robert is the founder of the Malibu Writers Circle. To learn more please visit www.robertkerbeck.com


Deanne Stillman is a widely published, critically acclaimed writer. Her books of narrative nonfiction are place-based stories of war and peace in the modern and historical West. Her latest book is Desert Reckoning, which is based on her Rolling Stone piece, “The Great Mojave Manhunt,” a finalist for a PEN Center USA journalism award and published in Best American Crime Writing. Desert Reckoning won the 2013 Spur Award for best western nonfiction, contemporary, the LA Press Club Award for best general nonfiction, and was named a Southwest Book of the Year. It received excellent reviews in many publications, including Newsweek, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Tucson Weekly, and Oregonian.

Her book, Twentynine Palms, was an LA Times bestseller and “best book of the year.” Hunter  Thompson called it “A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer,” and it was reissued in a new, updated edition by Angel City Press in 2008, with a foreword by T. Jefferson Parker and a preface by Charles Bowden. The conclusion of a ten-year journey, the  book explores the brutal murders of two young girls in a scenic Southern California military town by a Marine shortly after the Gulf War.

Deanne’s book, Mustang, was also ten years in the making, asks why are we, a cowboy nation, destroying the horse we rode in on? Mustang was an LA Times “best book of the year,” won the California Book Award silver medal for nonfiction, and was praised in the Atlantic Monthly, Economist, NPR’s On Point, Orion, Seattle Times, Santa Fe New Mexican, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Kirkus, PW, and numerous other publications. It has brought many into the campaign for wild horse and burro preservation, has been presented to President Obama as an important book to read about wild horses and American history, has helped raise funds for rescue organizations, and has led to the rescue of many horses headed to the slaughterhouse. It is currently under option, in part, for a film starring Wendie Malick, and it is coming soon in an audio edition featuring Anjelica Huston, Frances Fisher, Wendie Malick, John Densmore, Richard Portnow, and James Morrison. It recently inspired the alt-country duo Granville Automatic to write and record three songs for its debut CD, including “Blood and Gold.”

In addition, Deanne’s work appears in many publications, including the rumpus; Los Angeles Review of Books (“Letter from the West” column); New York Times (Magazine, Book Review, Arts & Leisure, Travel); High Country News; The Los Angeles Times; Boston Globe; Orion; Slate; Salon; Tin House; Gwarlingo, truthdig, and elsewhere. Her work is widely anthologized, and her plays have been produced and won prizes in festivals around the country. She has also written for film and television.