Coming September 27 – more electrifying prose and crackling theatre!

Stories on Stage Sacramento is proud to present our annual showcase of


Featuring outstanding work from the literary journals and creative writing classes of The Los Rios Community Colleges


Michelle Padilla, Alma Rocio Peguero,

Seth Katz and Andrey Shamshurin

Los Rios 2019 collage

Readings by Katherine Bahena-Benitez and Eric Baldwin

At the Auditorium at CLARA, 1425 24th Street, Sacramento

Doors open at 7PM – readings begin at 7:30

A $10 donation is suggested – $5 for students.


about our featured writers

Michelle Alejandra Padilla

Michelle Padilla small

Michelle currently attends Sacramento City College. At nineteen, she’s a first generation college student. Her writing focuses on the Latina experience in the U.S. and is now being recognized by Stories on Stage Sacramento in her first flash fiction piece entitled “Eva.” She hopes that through her writing she can help young women find the strength to break the traditional values that keep them oppressed, as well as heal from trans-generational trauma.

Alma Rocio Peguero  

Alma Rocio Peguero smallestAlma is an English major at Sacramento City College and delighted to have her short story, “Oil Smudged Spectacles,” selected to be read at Stories on Stage Sacramento.  Creative writing has always been her emotional outlet. “I’ve learned a lot through the written word and hope to share and create the same effect with others




Seth Katz

Seth Katz smallSeth was born and raised in Sacramento, then went back east for college. He lives in New York and holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where he works as an admission officer. He is an occasional film critic and is currently at work on a novel. He thanks editor Alison Hinton for including his short story “The Present Progressive” in the machine, the literary magazine of Folsom Lake Community College


Andrey Shamshurin  

Andrey Shamshurin smallAndrey is a former Editor-in-Chief of American River Review. A former resident of Antelope, CA,  he’s  currently serving  in the Peace Corps  in Thailand. His short story, “The Prophet of Taco Bell,” appears in the 2019 American River Review




About our readers

Katherine Bahena-Benitez

Katherine Benitez smallKatherine Bahena-Benitez is a graduating senior at Sacramento State Department of Theatre and Dance. During their time at CSUS, they’ve been part of the following productions: In The Time of the Butterflies  as Young Dede, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter and the Starcatcher,  and In The Heights as Abuela Claudia. Katherine has also participated in the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, playing the role of Eugenie in The Count of Monte Cristo and Antonio in Twelfth Night. They have worked with Teatro Espejo, a Sacramento Latinx/Chicanx Theatre company, for the past three years, appearing in Electricidad as Ifigenia and Enfrascada as Cat/Marta/Karina. Katherine’s interest for the arts reaches across all areas as they currently advocate for LGBTQ+ people of color through spoken word performance.

Eric Baldwin

Eric Baldwin smallEric has performed all across the United States and Europe.  Sacramento theatregoers have seen him most recently at Capital Stage and KOLT Run productions, in roles as diverse as Henry V, Macbeth, Biff in Death of a Salesman, Prospero, Shylock, Pale in Burn This and Barry Champlain in Talk Radio. He was Artistic Director of the Quantum Theatre Company in Los Angeles and the founder of Resurrection Theatre here in Sacramento.


About Stories on Stage Sacramento

For ten years, Stories on Stage Sacramento has brought you the best in literature, read by actors, and this year we’re celebrating this big milestone by returning to our full, ten-event season.

We’re proud of our record, as an all-volunteer, donation-based organization, of bringing the best in literary fiction, read by actors, to a growing Sacramento audience. Our six 2017 events featured work by Steve Almond, Deborah Willis, Josh Barkan, Vanessa Hua, Joshua Mohr, the Los Rios Writers, and Josh Weil, as well as several of Sacramento’s notable emerging writers.

Our 2018 season featured the writers Anne Raeff, Mira T. Lee, Elizabeth Tallent, Bob Sylva, Kirstin Chen, Tommy Orange, Vanessa Hua, Melissa Yancy and Dana Johnson. The dates for our 2018 season are: February 23, April 27, June 29, August 24, and October 26. In addition, our annual showcase featuring the Los Rios Writers will take place on Friday, September 28.

in 2019, we welcome Tom Barbash, Karen E Bender (a National Book Award finalist) Sharma Shields,  Janet Fitch,  Maggie Shen King and exciting new writers Sarah Stone, Devi Lasker,  Fred D’Aguiar, Simeon Mills,  Christine O’Brien., and Jen Alandy Trahan. And we’ll welcome back the Los Rios Writers. Plus outstanding work by local writers, and of course the famous Stories on Stage cookies!

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