In 1978, PSA Flight 182 crashed into the North Park neighborhood in San Diego, killing all 137 passengers and seven people on the ground. August featured writer Bonnie ZoBell lives in this neighborhood, and in What Happened Here, the crash’s legacy seeps into the stories of the neighborhood’s inhabitants, bringing grief, anxiety, and rebellion to the surface and eventually assisting in burning clean the lives of those who live in the shadow of disaster. Humor flits through these stories like the macaws that have taken to the trees of North Park, and their outrageous colors and noisome squawks serve as constant reminders of regrowth. What Happened Here won 1st Place in Next Generation’s Indie Book Awards in the Novella. In addition, the author has received an NEA fellowship in fiction, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and first place in the Capricorn Novel Award from the Writer’s Voice of NYC. She teaches at San Diego Mesa College where she is a Creative Writing Coordinator.
Bill Pieper’s short story collection Forgive Me, Father was published in 2014 by Cold River Press. He lives and writes in Sacramento and Nevada City, California. His stories have received two Pushcart Prize nominations and have appeared in The Farallon Review, Red Fez, Convergence, Primal Urge, Fiction 365, and The Blue Lake Review, among others. In addition to short fiction, he has two small press novels in print, Belonging (2006, Comstock Bonanza Press) and What You Wish For (2011, Pacific Slope Press.)
Reading “People Scream” from What Happened Here is Jenabah Koroma, whose most recent theatrical appearance was her much-praised leading role in the Celebration Arts production of In The Red and Brown Water. The child of West African immigrants, she’s a student at Sacramento City College, majoring in communication arts and theatre.
Reading “Self Storage” from Forgive Me, Father is Scarlet O’Connor. She has performed with The Actor’s Theatre of Sacramento in Museum, The Best Man and most recently Long Day’s Journey into Night. She received an Elly award for Best Leading Actress in a Comedy for her role in EMH Productions’ Moving Mountains. She has also been seen in Shorts and Shorters and Chicken Little’s Christmas Party, at Thistle Dew Theatre.