Thursday, September 29, 2011

See you at Stories on Stage tomorrow (Friday) night; Tomales Bay Worskhops alumna Emma Hill plays in Sacramento; 916 Ink Fellows Program; 2011 Sacramento Poetry Center Book Contest Winner; join Kate Asche for the course Reading Contemporary Creative Nonfiction as a Writer

Hello friends,

There is a whole lot of writing stuff going on in Sacramento and beyond, now that fall is here!  I hope to see you *tomorrow* (Friday) night at Stories on Stage. Scroll down for details on that event and more.

Also, I want to let you know that the fall UC Davis Extension writing courses still have room, if you have been thinking about enrolling. If you're interested in looking at this fall's courses, click here for more information. I am pleased to let folks know that I will be teaching one of the fall UC Davis Extension courses, and I would love to see you in class! At the very bottom of this post is the scoop on that one. Click on the link above to enroll in it!
Happy writing!  ~Kate


Stories on Stage presents

Kevin McIlvoy and 

Justin Torres
Read by Tim Kahl and Jeff Webster

Friday, September 30th, 2011, 7:30PM
Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street (Between Q & R)
Host: Valerie Fioravanti

donation: $5
Doors open 7PM

Kevin McIlvoy is the author of the novels A Waltz, The Fifth Station, Little Peg, Hyssop, and the story collection The Complete History of New Mexico. He has taught creative writing for over twenty-five years, and teaches in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College. He has taught at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and was Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine Puerto del Sol. His story “The Last Things We Said” is available online from Kenyon Review [].

Tim Kah
l is a poet as well as a performer. He is the author of the poetry collection
Possessing Yourself, and he has published work in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, and Ninth Letter, among others. Tim is VP and events coordinator of the Sacramento Poetry Center. He translates the work of German and Portuguese writers, and is an editor with Bald Trickster Press. Tim will read Kevin McIlvoy’s “The People Who Own Pianos.

Justin Torres was raised in upstate New York. His work has appeared in
Granta, Tin House, and Glimmer Train. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he was the recipient of a Rolón Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists and is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Among many other things, he has worked as a farmhand, a dog walker, a creative writing teacher, and a bookseller. You can read his story “Reverting to a Wild State” from The New Yorker [].

Jeff Webster has appeared in many Sacramento area productions, most recently as Arthur in “Dinners with Augie.” Other memorable roles have included: Bill Livingston in
Women of Lockerbie, Rolly in Escape from Happiness, Hank Trimble in Last Resort Trailer Park, Van in Breaking the Light and Liam in The Timekeeper. He also just completed a short film playing Spankoni, a mob boss. Jeff will read Justin Torres’ “Lessons” as his Stories on Stage debut.


October 28th

Melinda Moustakis, winner of the 2010 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for B
ear Down, Bear North & Leah Griesmann, Steinbeck Fellow at SJSU



Tomales Bay Workshops alumna Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers
(Kate says: I first heard Emma Hill sing at The Tomales Bay Writers' Workshops. She has a lovely voice and writes immensely enjoyable songs. The below quote is right on!)

October 8th
Doors Open at 8:00 PM

Where is It?


Tickets $8


916 Ink Fellows Program Seeks Three Volunteers for Fellowships

916 Ink, a new non-profit organization, seeks to fill three non-paid fellowships for the 2011-2012 year to help facilitate the day-to-day operations of building a vibrant literacy center in Sacramento for youth of all ages.

Mission: 916 Ink is dedicated to promoting literacy by empowering youth in the Sacramento region to engage in literary arts.

Vision: 916 Ink seeks to:

§  Excite young people with language, particularly written language.
§  Instill in children a sense of joy, wisdom, whimsy, and wonder with words.
§  Celebrate syntax.
§  Support teachers, schools, and libraries in their efforts to share the benefits of reading and writing with all area youth.

916 Ink Fellows should love the written word and find working with youth of all ages joyful. All three positions are non-paid internships that require five hours a work per week under the direction of the Executive Director. We promise our fellowships will be fun, educational, and inspiring! Organizations such as 916 Ink have already taken off in other cities. For example, you can learn more about what we desire to achieve at

Benefits: One of the benefits of working a fellowship is the real, hands-on, experience you get to document on your future resumes and cover letters. If you’re looking to work in the field(s) of literary arts, social work, non-profits, education, libraries, writing, journalism, or many other humanity type careers, then this might be a great fellowship for you! Or, if you’re looking to add oomph to your application to transfer to a university or enter graduate school, then this is the right place for you, too. If you are already enrolled in school, then we can provide documentation to earn service learning credit.

Fellowship #1: Administrative Assistant/Fundraising Fellow.
Fellowship #2: Social Media/Communications Fellow
Fellowship #3: Program Assistant Fellow

Interested? Contact: Katie McCleary, Executive Director, with a cover letter and your resume at


The Sacramento Poetry Center is proud to announce the winner of the 2011 Sacramento Poetry Center Book Contest is

Michelle Bitting

From Palisades Park, CA

for her manuscript “Notes to the Beloved” (formerly “The Desirous Act of Looking”)

You can read some of the poems from the manuscript here:

And see some short poem/films for some of the poems in the manuscript here:


Reading Contemporary Creative Nonfiction as a Writer

Reading creative nonfiction opens up some particularly complex and fascinating issues for writers of all genres. As Picasso famously said, "art is the lie that tells us the truth." Contemporary essayists are particularly attuned to that paradox, juggling truth and fact, statement and question, investigation and meditation, the personal and the universal, and other tensions in the crafting of their stories. Use this course to practice close reading and personal analysis from an exciting sample of contemporary nonfiction works with the goal of developing a more pronounced vocabulary for articulating your passion as a reader and, correspondingly, your values as a writer.


Oct. 3-Nov. 28: Mon., 6-9 p.m. (Oct. 3 & Nov. 28, 6-9:30 p.m.) No class meeting Nov. 7.


Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA


$445.00 ($475.00 if postmarked after 09/19/2011).


2.5 quarter units academic credit, X410.29

Required textbooks:

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction by ed. Williford/Martone ISBN 9781416531746,. Buy these books from the UC Davis Bookstore. Season of the Body: Essays by Brenda Miller ISBN 9781889330693 and. Buy these books from the UC Davis Bookstore. Firebird by Mark Doty ISBN 9780060931971. Buy these books from the UC Davis Bookstore.



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