I'm Alisha Sommer, Bay Area Freelance Writer & Photographer. I have a gift for holding sacred space, for deep listening, and for seeing the ordinary in extraordinary ways.
In the past, I founded and edited a print literary journal (Blackberry: a magazine), published personal essays, creative nonfiction, and poetry for a variety of online and print publications, ghostwritten, and taught at Squam Art Workshops.
Currently, you'll find me collaborating with Angela Burke for Black Food & Beverage, hosting creative gatherings in Sonoma, CA like the Fever Dreams Collective Retreat with Jennette Nielsen, and facilitating the online writing workshop liberated lines with Robin Sandomirsky. Oh. I also sling wine.
I love the feeling of heat in my hands, the weight of linen across my body, the warmth of knotty pine beneath my feet. If I could be anything and do anything, it would be exactly what I'm doing now: Being a wife and a mother of 3 living out her creative journey–but maybe with a view of a vineyard from the kitchen window, camera and pen always in hand. I'm interested in exploring creativity, food and wine, literature and writing, and all things beautiful.
If I had to summarize myself in a list of textures, it would go something like this: hand-scraped wood, shiny brass, natural linen, cotton, velvet, leather and lace.
I'm taking the Certified Sommelier Exam in 2019 and daydreaming about canopy management.
Sommersalt is a collection of what I find to be essentials for living: food, wine, and words. It’s a place for expression, for asking larger questions, for recognizing the ordinary-extraordinary. Thank you for being here. If you want to know how to work with me professionally (photos, writing, anything fun and creative), you can view my portfolio at www.alishasommer.com or shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.