Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kate Asche interviews Stories on Stage October featured author Melinda Moustakis; Kate's private workshop, A Writer's Notebook Workshop, filling fast; Poetry in Davis this week featuring Spoken Word; Check out SPC's new website; Rae Gouirand celebrates her new book in November!


Fall is in full swing, and the literary is all around us this "Artober"!

For some fun reading, check out my interview of Melinda Moustakis, Stories on Stage October featured reader, winner of the 2010 Flannery O'Connor Award and recently named 5 Under 35 (National Book Award Foundation). Then, come hear Melinda's work on Friday, October 28! Full text is at

Also, I am happy to let folks know that my first private workshop, using the AWA method for generating first-draft work and reading The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House, is nearly full. I will be keeping a waitlist, and folks on the waitlist will get first look at my next program in winter 2012, so don't hesitate to contact me if you're interested! Full dish at post below dated October 11, and/or email me at kate(dot)asche(at)gmail(dot)com.

What else is cooking this month? Read on!


Poetry in Davis this week!
The Poetry Night Reading Series is proud to welcome poet Ruby Ibarra. She will be performing on October 20th at the John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 1st Street at 8PM. She will be joined by members of the UC Davis SickSpits Poetry Collective: Jordan Schaub, Madina Stanackzai, and Fong Tran.

Ruby Ibarra is a 24 year-old Filipina-American rapper and spoken word artist from San Lorenzo, California.

An active poet and musician during her undergraduate years at UC Davis, Ibarra was a member of SickSpits Poetry Collective as well as the UC Davis Slam Poetry team. Influenced by rapper-poets such as Eminem and Tupac Shakur, Ibarra has cultivated her own style, which has been described as reminiscent of classic 90s hip hop.

She has been featured on noted web-based publications such WorldStar Hip Hop (garnering over 200 thousand views), Bossip, and Myx TV, as well as MTV and VH1′s blogs. For the past year, she has been touring and performing across the U.S., including a performance at “Rock the Bells,” the nation’s largest hip hop festival. She has also been the opening act for musicians such as Blu and Hieroglyphics.

She is set to release her first solo CD this Fall. Her latest work and music can be found at:

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early at the John Natsoulas Gallery to secure a seat, and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic list. The Poetry Night Reading Series, organized and hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, occurs on the first and third Thursday of every month at the John Natsoulas Gallery.


Poetry in Sacramento this week, at Sacramento Poetry Center!

Have you checked out SPC's new, improved webpage? It's now easy-to-see one-stop shopping for all your SPC event calendar, publication, membership, etc. needs. Stop by today at to read about the Monday night reading this week, featuring a tribute to Elsie Whitlow Feliz.

Elsie Whitlow Feliz (1938-2011) was born and raised in San Francisco where her mother’s family settled after fleeing Stalinist Russia.  In 1960 she married and followed Pfc. Don Feliz to West Berlin, where she attended the Goethe Institut and the Free University. She saw how the Berlin Wall changed the lives of many. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in Economics. Elsie was a member of Zica Creative Arts and Literary Guild, Chaparral Poets, First Friday Poets, Sacramento Poetry Center and the River Park-Elk Grove Writers Group. Her poetry has been published in Rattlesnake Review, Drumvoices, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Chrysanthemum, San Fernando Poetry Journal, The Poet’s Guild, Inky Blue, Mediphors, Poetry Now and the anthology, We Speak for Peace. She has 3 chapbooks, Cornered, Tea With Bunya and To Berlin With Love, written with her husband, Don Feliz. She is the former founder and co-editor of Free-Wheeling, an annual poetry journal published by the Towe Auto Museum.


Join me in Celebrating Rae Gouirand's new book, Open Winter!

I sincerely hope you will join me to honor Rae's award-winning first book this time next month!

Rae says, "Join me at the release party for OPEN WINTER, where I’ll be reading as a guest of Andy Jones’ longstanding Poetry Night series. The evening is actually sort of a double-release celebration, as the 2011 volume of Best New Poets (which features a poem of mine) will be coming out pretty much simultaneously. (To read the Flavorwire article about this year’s volume of BNP, click here.) I couldn’t be happier to be celebrating the release of these two publications here at home. Libations, poems, booksales & booksigning, the works.
>>>Thursday, November 178 PM, at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis)
Looking forward to seeing you!"

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