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This month at Stories on Stage Sacramento – Jenn Alandy Trahan and Diane Kallas. Never heard of them? You will!

Stories on Stage Sacramento loves “emerging” writers—writers either on the cusp of a brilliant career, or local writers who have been quietly dazzling us for years. This month, we present two such authors – Jenn Alandy Trahan and Diane Kallas. Jenn’s a Stegner Fellow and Vallejo native: Diane’s a teacher and a longtime Davis resident. Their stories are: “They Told Us Not To Say This,” by Jenn Alendy Trahan, and “Spud, “by Diane Kallas. These tales are compelling, stunning, luminous—truly in the spirit of our motto – “electrifying prose, crackling theatre.”  

Friday, August 30

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

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

A $10 donation is suggested

Readings by Ruby Sketchley and Krystle Piamonte

 

about Jenn Alandy Trahan

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Jenn Alandy Trahan is a Filipino-American writer, born in Houston, Texas and raised in Vallejo, California. The first in her family to go to college, she graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in English, and earned her MA in English and MFA in Fiction from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She’s a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford, where she was a 2016-2018 Stegner Fellow. A winner of the Robert Olen Butler Short Fiction Prize, her work can also be found in Permafrost, and Blue Mesa Review. “They Told Us Not To Say This” was first published in Harper’s, in September 2018, and was selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2019, to be published in October 2019. She lives in Los Altos with her husband and toddler

about Diane Kallas

Diane Kallas smallDiane Kallas lives at Muir Commons CoHousing Community in Davis where she has learned to cook meals for 70 people and how to weed an orchard. She could be writing a collection of short stories where every one begins with “I can’t believe what happened to my neighbor this week,” but instead she spends her time nursing several aged cats, and working as a hospital-to-home teacher for critically ill K-12 students. A former technical writer and amateur upholsterer, she has a Master’s degree in Literature and a Juris Doctor, neither of which have really led to steady employment.  She has been published in Caketrain and the Boston Literary Magazine, and has had a flash piece read at Stories on Stage Sacramento. 

About our readers

Krystle Piamonte

Krystle Piamonte smallKrystle will be reading “They Told Us Not To Say This” by Jenn Alandy Trahan. A Bay-area based stage and screen actor, Krystle’s theatre credits include productions with SF Playhouse, Z Space, Ferocious Lotus, and Bindlestiff Studio. Her screen credits include When We Rise, Sense8, Sorry to Bother You, Bound 4 Heaven, and commercials for Honda, Turo, and SF Giants. She’s an alumna of the CSUS Theatre and Dance program, and the former Assistant Director and Resident Choreographer of Sinag-tala Filipino Theater & Performing Arts Association. Proud new member of Actor’s Equity Association. There’s more about Krystle at www.krystlepiamonte.com

Ruby Sketchley

Ruby Sketchley 2018Returning to Stories on Stage Sacramento to read Diane Kallas’ “Spud” is Sacramento actor Ruby Sketchley.  She’s familiar to Sacramento theatergoers for her appear;ances at  Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, Big Idea Theatre, KOLT, and MSTW. She’s also performed as an 1850’s tour guide in Old Sacramento. Ruby is a former company member of Big Idea Theatre and a former board member of the Capital Film Arts Alliance. She and her husband own Tiny Octopus Productions, which produced the award winning documentary In The Parlor

 

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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On Friday, July 26, you’re invited to a Russian-themed gala featuring Janet Fitch, celebrating the launch of her new novel, “Chimes of a Lost Cathedral.”

We’re thrilled to join with the Community of Writers for this very special event.

Presenting New York Times bestselling author of  White OleanderThe Revolution of Marina M. and now, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral Janet Fitch

in conversation with Beth Ruyak of Cap Radio’s “Insight”
with selections from the novel read by Carissa Meagher

Friday, July 26, 2019 at the auditorium at CLARA

1425 24th Street,  7PM  – 9PM

Advance Tickets: 
$30 / $15 Student / $40 premium seating
Adult ticket price includes souvenir shot glass
Purchase Tickets Here

 Join us as we celebrate the release of the second volume of Janet Fitch’s sweeping saga of a young woman’s coming of age during the Russian Revolution. Proceeds from the event will benefit both the Community of Writers and Stories on Stage Sacramento.

Your ticket price includes the conversation with the author, dramatic readings, Russian-themed food, iced vodka in a commemorative shot glass, and musical entertainment by the acoustic band Beaucoup Chapeaux performing Eastern European and Balkan traditional folk songs.
 

Book Sales & Signing

This event is bought to you by the Community of Writers, the oldest writer’s workshop in the West, and Stories on Stage Sacramento

 

about Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch, author and teacher,  is the author of the #1 national bestseller White Oleander, a novel translated into 24 languages, an Oprah Book Club book and the basis of a feature film:  Paint It Black, also widely translated and made into a 2017 film, and an epic novel of the Russian Revolution in two volumes, The Revolution of Marina M. and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral

Additionally, she has written a young adult novel, Kicks, short stories, essays, articles, and reviews, contributed to anthologies and regularly teaches at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She taught creative writing for 14 years in the USC Master of Professional Writing program, as well as VCFA’s Writing and Publishing program, A Room of Her Own (AROHO), the UCLA Writer’s Program, and Pomona College. She lectures frequently on fiction writing. 

Fitch was a 2009 Likhachev Cultural Fellow to St. Petersburg, Russia, a Helen R. Whiteley Fellow, a Research Fellow at the Huntington Library and a Moseley Fellow at Pomona College. Fitch graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 1978 with a BA in History.

She lives in Los Angeles.

about Beth Ruyak 

When Beth Ruyak landed her first job as a reporter more than thirty years ago, she knew she had found a career.  What she couldn’t have imagined, is the people she would meet, miles she would travel and how curious the journey would be. She’s worked in newsrooms in Minnesota to California, covering news, sports, science, health, arts and entertainment. She’s been a reporter, anchor, producer, and writer,  hosted daytime television, magazine shows, special events and live coverage.  Among the highlights of her career: sideline reporting from 5 Olympic Games and Super Bowl XXV, traversing Europe for 3 Tour de France bicycle races (becoming the first woman television journalist to cover the event), co-hosting “The Home Show,” and guest co-hosting “Good Morning America.” Her news, sports and health reporting have earned Emmy awards and opportunities to interview, learn from and tell stories about people all over the world.

As host of “Insight” Beth delights in the opportunity to communicate and converse in the region she calls home.  People ask her about the differences between television and radio broadcasting; she says she tries to fill in the visuals with language, sounds, voice and imagination.  To Beth, being part of the Capital Public Radio team is a privilege, an adventure and a great reason to go to work everyday.  Of course, so is the dance, as she calls it, with the guests and audience on “Insight.”

about Carissa Meagher

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Carissa Meagher has appeared in Antigone (Big Idea Theatre); Brilliant Traces (Ovation Stage); An Octoroon and Anna Karenina (Capital Stage) and Steel Magnolias (Sacramento Theatre Company.) She’s also appeared in The Little Prince and Henry IV  at The Theater at Monmouth in Maine. She earned her BFA in acting from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and an MFA In Playwriting from Ireland’s Lir Academy

 

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. 

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At Stories on Stage Sacramento, Friday April 27- riveting stories you can’t forget by Elizabeth Tallent and Bob Sylva, read by Eric Baldwin and Matt Rives.

Elizabeth Tallent Bob Sylva

ELIZABETH TALLENT with BOB SYLVA

Friday, April 27at the Auditorium at CLARA

1425 24th Street, Sacramento

Doors open at 7, readings begin at 7:30

a $10 donation is suggested

 

Elizabeth Tallent’s work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Essays, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, The New Yorker, Esquire, and Harper’s Magazine, among many others.  Her latest short story collection, Mendocino Fire, was published in 2015 to lavish praise from The New York Times, which called the collection “enchanting” and singled our her “ability to create characters who force us to withhold judgment and leave us gasping at their absolute, solid reality.”  Tin House described it as “driving, furious, erotic, gilded, the sentences flying at you like arrows.”  Mendocino Fire was a finalist for the 2016 Pen/Faulkner Award, and includes the story “Tabriz,” which won a Pushcart Prize and will be read by Eric Baldwin at the Stories on Stage Sacramento event.  Previous published collections include In Constant Flight, Time with Children, and Honey, as well as the novel Museum Pieces. Her memoir, Perfectionism, will be published this year by Harper’s

She has taught since 1989 in Stanford’s Creative Writing Program and lives with her wife, an antiques dealer, on the Mendocino coast.

 

Bob Sylva’s name will be familiar to Sacramento Bee readers: he enjoyed a long career  at the newspaper, where, well before the era of farm-to-fork, he wrote seasonal features and a column which showcased the city’s then-unheralded diversity. Today, he continues to write, struggles to acquire a primitive French, and spends hours in his Japanese-inspired garden, imagining what-would-Isamu Noguchi do, while divining the whims of large rocks. The King of Karaoke is his debut collection of short stories, many drawn from his experience as a journalist in the Sacramento Valley,  a “world inhabited by struggling souls who, despite all, exhibit virtues of optimism, ambition, resilience, and conviction.” The title story of the collection will be read by Matt Rives.

 

About Stories on Stage Sacramento 

Now in its ninth season, Stories on Stage Sacramento is proud of its record, as an all-volunteer 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.  We’ve had a continuing uptick in attendance since we moved to our beautiful new home, the auditorium at CLARA, the E Claire Raley Studio for the Arts. 

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.

 

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We’re back! On Friday, February 23! It’s our 9th season, and we’re thrilled to bring you new work from Anne Raeff and Mira T Lee.

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ANNE RAEFF and MIRA T. LEE

Friday, February 23 at the Auditorium at CLARA

1425 24th Street, Sacramento

Doors open at 7, readings begin at 7:30

a $10 donation is suggested

Anne Raeff’s second novel, Winter Kept Us Warm, will be published February 13 by Counterpoint Press and has already earned praise from Kirkus Reviews for its “haunting events and slow-burning passions.”  Anne is a child of immigrants, and much of her writing, including this novel,  draws on her family’s history as refugees from war and the Holocaust. Her short story collection, The Jungle Around Us won the 2015 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, was named a finalist for the California Book Award, and appears on The San Francisco Chronicle’s 100 Best Books of 2017 list. Her stories and essays have appeared in New England Review, ZYZZYVA, and Guernica among other places. Her first novel, Clara Mondschein’s Melancholia, was published in 2002 (MacAdam/Cage.  Anne is a high school teacher, working primarily with recent immigrants, and she lives in San Francisco with her wife and two cats.

Mira T. Lee’s debut novel, Everything Here is Beautiful,  published in January, was selected by the American Booksellers Association as one of Winter/Spring 2018’s Top 10 Debut titles. “An evocative and beautifully written debut,” says Kirkus Reviews, and from O Magazine: “Not a false note to be found, and everywhere nuggets to savor…”  Mira T Lee’s short fiction has appeared in journals such as the Southern Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Missouri Review, Triquarterly, Harvard Review, and American Short Fiction, and has twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. She was awarded the Peden Prize for Best Short Story by The Missouri Review (2010), and an Artist’s Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2012). In her previous lives, Mira has also been known as a graphic designer, a pop-country drummer, a salsa dancing fanatic, and a biology grad school dropout. Mira is an alum of Stanford University, and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachuetts

Readers for this event will be Allyson Finn and Yuri Tajiri.

Allyson Finn 2Allyson Finn has appeared in short films from the Art Institute of Sacramento and as an Elf in Morgan and the Magical Christmas Train, and as the reader for the Stories on Stage/Community of Writers event featuring the novelist Janet Fitch. She’ll be seen at a variety of venues this spring, including Freefall Stage (4 Deaths and a Wedding,) EMH Productions (Fragile Things) and ComedySportz. When not stepping into the spotlight, Allyson consults and coaches business clients through her home based business, Business Mastery by Finn.

Yuri Tajiri 2Yuri Tajiri‘s past favorite roles have included the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show (Green Valley Theatre) and Linda in Evil Dead The Musical (Sutter Street Theatre). Yuri holds a BA in Theatre Arts from CSU Sacramento and works as a photographer and model when not onstage.

 

About Stories on Stage Sacramento 

Entering its ninth season, Stories on Stage Sacramento is proud of its record, as an all-volunteer 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.  We’ve had a continuing uptick in attendance since we moved to our beautiful new home, the auditorium at CLARA, the E Claire Raley Studio for the Arts. 

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.

 

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At Stories on Stage Sacramento this month: Josh Weil. With Peggi Wood

Two men.

One young, with a new daughter.

One at the end of his life.

Two tales of love, two devastating secrets.

 

Josh Weil 2This month at Stories on Stage Sacramento, we are thrilled to welcome Josh Weil, called “one of the most gifted writers of his generation” by Colu

m McCann,  and whose new short story collection The Age of Perpetual Light, published by Grove Atlantic,  has been praised, in a starred Kirkus review, as “rich, often dazzling.”  We’ll feature an excerpt from one of those stories, “The Point of Roughness,” read by Stories on Stage Sacramento favorite Blair Leatherwood.

Peggi Wood 2Appearing with Josh will be Peggi Wood. Peggi is known to Stories on Stage Sacramento attendees as our casting director, and now you’ll meet her as a lyric and powerful writer.  We’re excited to debut her new short story “A Viewing,” which will be read by Ethan Ireland.

Friday, October 27 at the Auditorium at CLARA

1425 24th Street, Sacramento

Doors open at 7, readings begin at 7:30

a $10 donation is suggested

about  our authors and readers:

Josh Weil’s novel The Grat Glass Sea  ws a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Powell’s “Indiespensible” selection, won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the GrubStreet National Book Prize, and the Library of Virginia’s Literary Award in Fiction, and was short-listed for The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel.  His new story collection The Age of Perpetual Light,  (September 12, 2017) has already earned a starred Kirkus review (“A rich, often dazzling collection of short stories linked by themes while ranging widely in style from Babel-like fables to gritty noir and sci-fi,”)  and praise from Publisher’s Weekly. Called “one of the most gifted writers of his generation” by Colum McCann, Weil’s  short fiction has won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in Granta, Esquire, Tin House, and One Story, among others. He has written non-fiction for The New York Times, The Sun, Poets & Writers and Time.com. A recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, he has been the Tickner Writer-in-Residence at Gilman School, the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University, and the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, and has taught in the graduate programs at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, and Bennington College. Born in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia, he currently lives with his family in Nevada City.

Peggi Wood is familiar to Stories on Stage Sacramento attendees as our fabulous Casting Director, adept and skillful at selecting actors to read the diverse short prose featured at the event. Peggi is equally adept as a minimalist writer, burgeoning screenwriter and lush storyteller who performs at local venues.  Resurrection Theatre produced Peggi’s short play, Demerol Dreams, in their 10×10 Original Play Festival, where she also directed two plays. She has a Masters in Public and Political Communication from CSUS with awards for her rhetorical analyses of inequality and power as well as guilt, shame and redemption, issues that inform her creative work.

blair-leatherwood-2017Blair Leatherwood counts more than a dozen literary journeys in his many readings at Stories on Stage Sacramento – including sojourns through the Cold War, Chinese restaurants, forest fires, Sasquatch land, and most recently the cutthroat world of competitive poker. He has over forty years of experience in the theater, in addition to numerous film and commercial credits. He recently worked on Spike Lee’s “Livin’ Da Dream”, a segment of the NBA 2K16 video game. He also has years of experience with the Standardized Patient program at UCD Medical Center and is one of the audio describers for blind and visually impaired patrons of California Musical Theatre.

Ethan Ireland is a multidisciplinary veteran of the film, television and theater trade, Ethan Irelandwith sixteen years as a working professional in both performance and technical roles. The son of noted “lit noi”author Patrick Ireland, Ethan is a writer & director of several short films, and has worked as a voice actor and a performer for both stage and screen since 1995. Most recently he appeared  in EMH’s productions of After Hours and An Almost Perfect Person.  He has also performed at Now Hear This: A Story and Music Performance Series produced by Atim Udoffia.

Winding up its eighth season, Stories on Stage Sacramento is proud of our record, as an all-volunteer 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.  We’ve had a continuing uptick in attendance since we moved to our new home, the auditorium at CLARA, the E Claire Raley Studio for the Arts. 

The dates for our 2018 season – our 9th – 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.

 

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At Stories on Stage Sacramento in August: drugs, strokes, and New York taxi tales…

Josh Mohr5When Joshua Mohr was thirty-eight, doctors discovered a hole in his heart, which explained the three strokes he’d sustained – but not the out-of-control-drinking, the drug use, the failed marriages and the tangled, stop-and-go-life.  Surgery, getting clean, and the memoir Sirens followed.  This month, we’re featuring non-fiction at Stories on Stage Sacramento, and we’re excited to welcome Josh and bring you a reading from Sirens, a complex and compelling tale which The Rumpus called “poetic, touching, inspiring and deeply empathetic.”

We’re happy to say that Josh’s heart surgery was successful, and that he’s currently writing and teaching in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife and young daughter.

In addition to rave reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times, the memoir was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “entirely candid, compelling memoir of addiction and the long, fraught road of recovery…raw and tender, this book not only chronicles a man’s literary coming-of-age. It also celebrates the power of love while offering an uncensored look at the frailties that can define—and sometimes overwhelm—people and their lives.” Prior to Sirens, Mohr published five novels, including the much-praised All This Life, which won the California Book Award, Damascus, which the New York Times called “Beat-poet cool,”  Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, and Termite Parade , an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times.

Appearing with Josh will be local writer James Cooper, with a reading from “The Sages of West 47th Street.” James is a practicing psychologist, which profession, he says, has “shaped him to lean in unexpected winds, to hold fast or be swept away in wonder. There is always context, amplified or subdued, a language in the hands, in posture, in the pauses between words.” But in his twenties, he drove a taxi in New York City, and the story of that experience earned him the honor of being first runner-up in the current Story Quarterly non-fiction contest.

James has received recent honors in fiction, non-fiction and poetry – in addition to the Story Quarterly recognition, he won the Tupelo Quarterly Prose Open Prize, judged by Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson, 2016, and his first collection of poetry, An Ocean Large Enough, was published this spring. His short stories and poetry have appeared in The Manhattan Review, Oberon Poetry Magazine, Gold Man Review, and in other journals and anthologies.

Our readers this month are Stories on Stage Sacramento veterans Matt Rives, Ethan Ireland and Eric Baldwin. 

Now in its eighth season, Stories on Stage Sacramento continues to bring the best in literary fiction, read by actors,  to a growing Sacramento audience.  Our 2017 events will be held bi-monthly on the following dates: February 24, April 28, June 30, August 25, and October 27 at our new home, the auditorium at CLARA, the E Claire Raley Studio for the Arts. In addition, a special program featuring the Los Rios Writers will take place on Friday, September 29.

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Stories on Stage in April: Canadian writer Deborah Willis, author of the new collection The Dark and Other Love Stories

with Robert Dorjath

and

readings by Lori Russo and Ethan Ireland

Friday, April 28

at the Auditorium at CLARA (The E Claire Raley Studios)

1425 24th Street, Sacramento

Doors open 7:00 – readings begin 7:30

 A $10 donation is suggested

 

This month’s featured writer, Deborah Willis, is the author of two collections of short stories about Deborah Willis 1love, in all its dark and varied aspects. Among her many glowing reviews is this from Alice Munro about Willis’ first collection, Vanishing, and Other Stories – “the emotional range and depth of these stories, the clarity and deftness is astonishing.”  Called “a major new voice in Canadian fiction” by the Toronto Star, Willis gained a US publisher with her second collection, The Dark and Other Love Stories, published by WW Norton in February 2017, and simultaneously in Canada by Penguin Random House. Her fiction has appeared in The Walrus, The Virginia Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Lucky Peach, and Zoetrope. Vanishing and Other Stories was named one of the best books of 2010 by NPR,  was  selected as one of the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2009, and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. Willis lives in Calgary, Canada

Our “emerging” writer, Robert Dorjath, is a welcome new addition to the Sacramento writing scene. A native Chicagoan and a fiction writer, Dorjath received his MA from Northwestern University and taught creative writing at Columbia College and Elmhurst College. He was a member of the AstonRep Theatre Company, and his plays have appeared at Mary-Archie Theatre, Sense of Urgency Stage, The Hemingway Museum, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a novel of late-1950’s Chicago, a chapter of which, “A Parable of Fausto Bruzzesi,” was named a finalist in the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction awarded by The Missouri Review. Robert moved to the Sacramento area last year, and lives in El Dorado Hills with his wife Susan and son Samuel.

Reading “The Ark” from The Dark and Other Love Stories is Sacramento actor Lori Russo. Lori is an alumni of the USC BFA program in Los Angeles. She has performed in New York, Broadway touring companies and Internationally with Andy Williams in his America the Beautiful Tour. She staged & choreographed New York premiers of Captain’s and Courage, The Unwritten Song and The Bus To Buenos Aires. She has been a company member and resident choreographer with SRT, performing in Lend Me A Tenor, Guys and Dolls, Comedy of Errors and A Streetcar Named Desire. She has performed at Capital Stage in Superior Donuts and Good People. Lori received an Elly award for best actress in Love Isadora with California Stage. She has staged and choreographed work for California Stage, Big Idea Theater and Capital Stage. Lori also teaches Movement for the Actor Workshops.

Ethan Ireland will read an excerpt from Robert Dorjath’s short story “A Parable of Fausto Bruzzesi”  Ethan is a multidisciplinary veteran of the film, television and theater trade, with sixteen years as a working professional in both performance and technical roles. The son of noted ‘lit noir’ author Patrick Ireland, Ethan is a writer & director of several short films, and has worked as a voice actor and a performer for both stage and screen since 1995. His most recent Sacramento appearances include EMH’s productions of After Hours and An Almost Perfect Person. He has performed at Now Hear This: A Story and Music Performance Series produced by Atim Udoffia.

 

Now in its eighth season, Stories on Stage Sacramento continues to bring the best in literary fiction to a growing Sacramento audience.  We are happy to announce a new and larger home for the readings – the auditorium at CLARA, the E Claire Raley Studios. In addition, our 2017 events will be held bi-monthly on the following dates: February 24, April 28, June 30, August 25, and October 27. A special program featuring the Los Rios Writers will take place on Friday, September 29.

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Mark your calendars – set your alarms – Go! Our 8th season, featuring Steve Almond, begins Friday, February 24

with Deborah Meltvedt

at the Auditorium at CLARA

(The E Claire Raley Studios) 

1425 24th Street, Sacramento

Doors open 7:00 – readings begin 7:30 

 A $10 donation is suggested

 

steve-almond-color-credit-sharona-jacobsShort story writer and essayist Steve Almond is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently the New York Times bestseller Against Football:One Man’s Reluctant Manifesto. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies, and he has published more than 150 stories in magazines such as Tin House, Playboy, Zoetrope, and Ploughshares. His story “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched” was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2010 and has been optioned for film. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Almond co-hosts the podcast Dear Sugar Radio with Cheryl Strayed. He lives outside Boston with his wife and his children, and is a frequent teacher at Grub Street in Boston and the Tin House Writer’s Conference. Almond’s appearance in Sacramento will include a writing workshop.

 

Reading “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched” by Steve Almond  is Blair Leatherwood

 

Deborah Meltvedt is a writer and high school teacher who loves to blend medical science and art in both the classroom and in her own creative writing.  She has been published in the American River Literary Review, Susurrus, Under the Gum Tree,Tule Review, and the Creative Non-Fiction Anthology:What I Didn’t Know:  True Stories of Becoming a Teacher.  Deborah lives in Sacramento, California with her husband Rick and their cat, Anchovy Jack.

 

Jessica Laskey will read “It Was So Hot,” a Glimmertrain contest finalist, by Deborah Meltvedt.

 

 

Now in its eighth season, Stories on Stage Sacramento continues to bring the best in literary fiction to a growing Sacramento audience.  We are happy to announce a new and larger home for the readings – the auditorium at CLARA, the E Claire Raley Studios. In addition, our 2017 events will be held bi-monthly on the following dates: February 24, April 28, June 30, August 25, and October 27. In addition a special program featuring the Los Rios Writers will take place on Friday, September 29.

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Mark your calendars – set your alarms – Go! Our 8th season, featuring Steve Almond, begins Friday, February 24

with Deborah Meltvedt

at the Auditorium at CLARA

(The E Claire Raley Studios) 

1425 24th Street, Sacramento

Doors open 7:00 – readings begin 7:30 

 A $10 donation is suggested

 

steve-almond-color-credit-sharona-jacobsShort story writer and essayist Steve Almond is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently the New York Times bestseller Against Football:One Man’s Reluctant Manifesto. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies, and he has published more than 150 stories in magazines such as Tin House, Playboy, Zoetrope, and Ploughshares. His story “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched” was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2010 and has been optioned for film. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Almond co-hosts the podcast Dear Sugar Radio with Cheryl Strayed. He lives outside Boston with his wife and his children, and is a frequent teacher at Grub Street in Boston and the Tin House Writer’s Conference. Almond’s appearance in Sacramento will include a writing workshop.

 

Reading “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched” by Steve Almond  is Blair Leatherwood

 

Deborah Meltvedt is a writer and high school teacher who loves to blend medical science and art in both the classroom and in her own creative writing.  She has been published in the American River Literary Review, Susurrus, Under the Gum Tree,Tule Review, and the Creative Non-Fiction Anthology:What I Didn’t Know:  True Stories of Becoming a Teacher.  Deborah lives in Sacramento, California with her husband Rick and their cat, Anchovy Jack.

 

Jessica Laskey will read “It Was So Hot,” a Glimmertrain contest finalist, by Deborah Meltvedt.

 

 

Now in its eighth season, Stories on Stage Sacramento continues to bring the best in literary fiction to a growing Sacramento audience.  We are happy to announce a new and larger home for the readings – the auditorium at CLARA, the E Claire Raley Studios. In addition, our 2017 events will be held bi-monthly on the following dates: February 24, April 28, June 30, August 25, and October 27. In addition a special program featuring the Los Rios Writers will take place on Friday, September 29.

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A Quick Preview of Our Upcoming 8th Season

Hello, lovers of literature – we’re back!

We’re rested, rejuvenated and ready to plunge into the 8th season of Stories on  Stage Sacramento. We’ve got a new location, a new schedule, a new tradition we are continuing, workshops,  the best national, regional, and local writers of fiction (and occasionally, non-fiction), and the best audience – you!

New location –

The Auditorium at CLARA (the E Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts) 1425 24th Street, Sacramento 

We’re thrilled to make this wonderful space our new home, and remain very, very grateful to the Sacramento Poetry Center for its support and help, and to Verge Center for the Arts for partnering with us on some memorable events.

New schedule – 

in 2017, Stories on Stage will be held bi-monthlyMark these dates:

steve-almond-3jpgFriday, February 24 – Featuring Steve Almond. With Deborah Meltvedt.

Friday, April 28Deborah Willis, prize winning author of The Dark and Other Stories

vanessa-huaFriday, June 30 – San Francisco Chronicle columnist and short-story writer Vanessa Hua. With Josh Barkan.

Friday, August 25 – TBA

Friday, October 27 – Author of The Great Glass Sea Josh Weil , with a josh-weilreading from his new short story collection.

AND Friday, September 29 – Special Event – continuing our collaboration with the literary magazines of the Los Rios Community Colleges, we will feature the best short stories from this year’s issues of Susurrus, The American River Review, The Cosumnes River Journal, and the creative writing department at Folsom Lake College.

Workshops

Master Teacher workshop with Steve Almond. Friday, February 24 from 11-5, and Saturday, February 25 from 9-Noon. Limited to 10 participants, who may submit fiction manuscript of no more than 4000 words to be critiqued. $325.  Steve’s workshops are legendary – he’s a transformative teacher. If you’ve ever wanted to work with him, now’s your chance!

If interested, please e-mail Sue Staats at suestaats@comcast.net

 

As we begin our eighth season, Stories on Stage Sacramento continues to be proud of the quality of the literary fiction we have presented to a growing Sacramento audience. 2015’s featured writers included Tobias Wolff, Elena Mauli Shapiro, Sharma Shields, Ann Packer, Karen Bender, Kathryn Ma, T. Geronimo Johnson, Bonnie ZoBell, Adam Johnson, and Naomi Williams. In 2016,  we presented Anthony Marra, Vendela Vida, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lori Ostlund, Mary Volmer, Jodi Angel, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and, in a new partnership with the Los Rios Community Colleges,  created an evening devoted to the best writing from their prize-winning literary magazines. As a completely volunteer organization, supported by donations, we’re inspired by the fine writers we’ve brought to Sacramento, some of them for the first time, and excited to continue to present more fine writing read by actors to Sacramento lovers of literature.

 

 

 

 

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