Friday, August 26, 2011

Stories on Stage TONIGHT; Master Teachers Workshops; AWA Sacramento; A Poetry Reading Benefiting Amnesty International

Hello Friends,

It's hard to believe the summer is already drawing to a close! I don't know about you, though, but fall always feels like the writing-est season of all to me. Maybe it's that old school year calendar that's still inside me. Anyway, I hope this fall finds you doing lots of writing. To get your juices flowing, check out some of these great local events!



Stories on Stage features short fiction read by actors on the final Friday of the month.(That's TONIGHT!)

On Friday, August 26th, we’ll feature “The Girl & Coyote’s Son” by Heather Brittain Bergstrom, author of the short story chapbook All Sorts of Hunger, read by performer Art Redoble and “Elevation” by Adam Russ, read by Eric Baldwin. Adam & Eric teamed up in 2010, for what was only our second performance. Tatiana Morfas will guest-host the event.

Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street (Between Q & R)
Donation: $5

Performance begins at 7:30PM

Doors open at 7PM

Stories on Stage happily accepts wine donations. We’ll thank you with a free raffle ticket.

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.



Valerie Fioravanti, the founder of Stories on Stage, has introduced a new Master Teacher weekend workshop series. Sign up for creative nonfiction writer Brenda Miller in January or fiction writer Peter Ho Davies in May. If you would like to be added to the “Master Teacher” workshop series mailing list, email Interested in Flash Fiction (stories under 1000 words)? Workshop begins September 12th.

Have you visited the new home of Sutterwriters, which is morphing into AWA Sacramento? Head over to, where you'll find all kinds of people to write with. Here is a sampling of exciting opportunities coming up:
  • John Fox at SacIONS August 26, 2011 7:00 to 9:30 p.m
  • Surprise Valley Writers' Conference September 15-18, All Day
  • Write Your Erotic Story, Jennifer Cross, AWASacramento
    • November 12, 2011 All Day
A Poetry Reading Benefitting Amnesty International


Al Rojas, Emmanuel Sigauke, Brian Ang, Catherine Fraga, and Michael Gorman

Poets and activists delight you with a poetry reading benefiting Amnesty International via encouraging sources of social justice in written and spoken word.

Monday, August 29 at 7:30 PM
Crossroads for the Arts at 1719 25th Street
Host: Frank Graham

AL ROJAS worked intimately with Cesar Chavez to improve working conditions for farmworkers, and has, for decades, remained at the forefront of advocacy for latinos and workers. The activist is a CSUS alumnus and founded UFW, one of the most influential labor unions in California. Rojas began as a farmworker himself, organizing labor from 1961 to 1979. He became SEIU Local 1000 labor leader -- and then, California State Deputy Labor Commissioner. He is currently vice-president of the Sacramento Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

Many of EMMANUEL SIGAUKE's poems address his experience growing up in the politically and otherwise volatile situation in Africa. Mr. Sigauke is editor and publisher of the online African literary journal, Munyori Literary Review, editor of an African anthology of stories titled "African Roar". The poet is also author of "Forever Let Me Go". A father of two, Sigauke is professor of English and composition at Cosumnes River College. Mr. Sigauke has served on the board of the Sacramento Poetry Center, hosted literary readings, and has conducted a public workshop for poetry.

CATHERINE FRAGA teaches writing at Sacramento State University. Her poetry has been published in numerous literary publications and she is the author of the chapbook, "Running Away with Gary, the Mattress Salesman", from Poet's Corner Press. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2008 she was awarded a month long writer's residency in Portugal.

BRIAN ANG was educated at UC Davis. Mr. Ang is a favorite of the Davis and surrounding area, not only for his poetry, but for having been a radio personality, before moving to his new home in Oakland. Ang's books are: "Communism" (Berkeley Neo-Baroque, 2011), and "Paradise Now" (Grey Book Press, 2011).

MICHAEL GORMAN is referred to as the Poet Laureate of Lavendar Heights. Mr. Gorman won a national Lambda Literary Award for a biography of Jose Sarria called "The Empress Is A Man". His writing covers a range of genres: journalism, lyrics, playwriting, short stories, non-fiction scholarship, and poetry. He holds a BA and an MA from California State University, Sacramento. Gorman is currently working on a biography of Irish poet and Druid, Ella Young, as well as a book of Celtic history and philosophy. Gorman's poems touch the heart.

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