Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Two Great Poets in Davis (Tomorrow); Stories on Stage Celebrates One Year; Nonfiction Writers: Sacramento Press Journalism Open Contest

Dear Friends,

As always, there is plenty going on in our local writing world! Head to Davis on Thursday for some excellent poetry. Do you write nonfiction? Why not enter the Sacramento Press 2011 Journalism Open? Details on both below! Enjoy!


Join Andy Jones and other poetry lovers tomorrow night at the John Natsoulas Gallery for this double-billing of great performances. The open mic starts at 9.

Andy Jones Christian Kiefer and Michael Spurgeon Read at the John Natsoulas Gallery on January 20th at 8 P.M.

The Poetry Night Reading Series is proud to welcome poets Christian Kiefer and Michael Spurgeon, on Thursday, January 20 at 8 P.M. They will be performing at the John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 1st Street.

As a musician, Christian Kiefer has performed, collaborated, and recorded with some of the leading lights of the American independent rock and avant-garde sound communities and has been featured twice on NPR’s All Things Considered. As a poet, Kiefer has seen his work appear in Santa Monica Review, The Antioch Review, and Blackbird. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from University of California Davis and teaches English at American River College. The result of Kiefer’s collaboration on a triple CD, Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies, has been used as a teaching aid in many American history classes. His new novel, The Infinite Tides, is making the rounds. Find out more about Christian Kiefer at

With an MFA from the University of Arizona, Michael Spurgeon has authored two chapbooks of poetry, Valente's Delicate Wrist and Prosthetic Breath & Other Poems. His poems have appeared in journals such as The North American Review, Sonora Review, The Packinghouse Review, and several others. He has lived and traveled extensively in Mexico and was residing in Chiapas during the 1994 Zapatista uprising. Set against the dramatic events of that conflict, his first novel, Compadres, is currently under consideration with several publishers. A tenured professor at American River College, Michael is the faculty adviser to the American River Review, the nation's most highly acclaimed undergraduate literary and art magazine.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early at the John Natsoulas Gallery to secure a table, and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic list. The Poetry Night Reading Series, organized by Andy Jones and hosted this week by Brad Henderson, occurs on the first Wednesday of the month at Bistro 33, and third Thursday of every month at the John Natsoulas Gallery, both at 8 P.M., with an open microphone segment at 9 P.M.

Who: Christian Kiefer and Michael Spurgeon
What: The Poetry Night Reading Series
When: Thursday, January 20th, 8pm
Where: John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street
Media Contact:
Andy Jones
The John Natsoulas Gallery – 756-3938

The Facebook event for this event is here.

You are also invited to join the Poetry in Davis mailing list on Facebook here.

Upcoming performances:

Bryan Dietrich, February 2

Connie Post, February 17

For more info, contact:
Dr. Andy Jones
Host, The Poetry Night Reading Series
First Wednesdays of the Month at Bistro 33
Third Thursdays of the Month at the John Natsoulas Gallery
Downtown Davis, CA


Stories on Stage is Celebrating One Year!

Stories on Stage features short fiction read by actors on the final Friday of the month. Stories on Stage founder Valerie Fioravanti says:


On Friday, January 28th, Victoria Goldblatt will read Valerie Fioravanti’s “Lifetime Happiness Potential” and Tim Kahl will read Andrew Foster Altschul’s "The Future’s Not Ours to See."

Andrew Foster Altschul is the author of the novels Lady Lazarus & Deus Ex Machina, which will be available for purchase and signing.

Our chef, Matt Fischer, will return to serve an appetizer before the performance begins, in celebration of our first year.

Urchin to Follow author Dorine Jennette will guest host.

Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street (Between Q & R)
Donation: $5 Performance begins at 7:30PM. Doors open at 7PM.

Andrew Foster Altschul is the author of the novels Lady Lazarus and Deus Ex Machina. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Fence, One Story, StoryQuarterly, Best New American Voices and O. Henry Prize Stories. He is the Books Editor of The Rumpus and director of the Center for Literary Arts at San Jose State University. He lives in San Francisco.

Valerie Fioravanti’s work has appeared in many literary journals, including North American Review, Night Train, and Cimarron Review. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy, and her story collection, Garbage Night at the Opera, was recently a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She lives in Sacramento, where she teaches private workshops from her home and runs the Stories on Stage reading series.

In order to kickstart financial support for our 2011 season, we’ll be raffling off at least a dozen books written by SoS contributors. Raffles are $5; odds=excellent. Stories on Stage also has t-shirts available for purchase for $15. Sales benefit our “Pay the Artists” fund.

Stories on Stage happily accepts wine donations. For more information about Stories on Stage, our artists, or to view our event photos and video archives, please visit our website, , our blog, or “like” us on Facebook.

Thank you for supporting Stories on Stage. It has been a great year!


Check out this year's Sacramento Press Journalism Open! Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on January 31. For more info, visit the website at

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