Featured Actors 3/14/15

Christopher Wolfe

Christopher Wolfe

Christopher Wolfe will read from The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil. Wolfe is a actor-writer-director pursuing his MFA in Dramatic Arts at UC Davis. He is currently directing and developing iGeneration, a funny, moving, and physical investigation how smartphones affect us, to be performed April 7, 9, 11, and 12, at the Arena Theater, UC Davis (for more information, visit iGenerationShow.tumblr.com). He recently performed as Sir Richard Plainman inThe Gambling Lady, a comedy of manners on the Main Stage at UCD. Previous performance and creative work include his two solo shows You Are Here (about storytelling, Carl Sagan, and worrying about the end of the world) and Generation 9/11, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 and toured in the US.

Denise Hoffner

Denise Hoffner

Denise Hoffner will read “Higher Education” by Vicky Mlyniec. Brooklyn-born Hoffner is a stand-up comic, writer, activist, actor, lawyer, and crossing guard. She tells stories for children and adults, most recently at The Moth in Berkeley. Hoffner has performed in The Vagina Monologues, at Murder Mystery Dinner Shows, and LGBTQ Pride. She writes creative non-fiction.

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Featured Authors 3/14/15

Josh Weil

Josh Weil

Josh Weil is the author of the novel The Great Glass Sea, a New York Times Editor’s Choice that was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award, and the novella collection The New Valley, awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and the New Writers Award from the GLCA. A Fulbright Fellow and National Book Award 5-under-35 honoree, he has written for The New York Times, Granta, Tin House, One Story, and Esquire, among others. He lives with his family in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. (Photo: Jilan Carroll Glorfield)

Vicky Mlyniec

Vicky Mlyniec

Vicky Mlyniec is a longtime resident of the Santa Cruz Mountains, where she lives with her husband, Paul. She enjoys working from home as an editor and helping other writers achieve their goals. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online in literary magazines and venues such as The North American Review, Bellingham Review, and The Saturday Evening Post. Her short story collection, I Ride Along & Other Stories, is currently a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award. Her stories have earned her the Tobias Wolff Fiction Award and a Pushcart Prize nomination, as well as fellowships at the Ragdale Foundation and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts. Also an essay writer, she has published creative nonfiction in a variety of newspapers and national magazines. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College and a BA in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley.

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Featured Actors 2/14/15

Patricia Glass

Patricia Glass

Patricia Glass will read “Wanderlust” by Laleh Khadivi. She has been involved in dramas, comedies, musicals, voice-overs, staged readings, and storytelling for more than thirty years; locally for the past eleven. She was most recently seen performing as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker at the Woodland Opera House. Glass earned a BA in Theatre from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and has worked at UC Davis for the past fourteen years.

Phillip Larrea

Phillip Larrea

Phillip Larrea will read “Three, Four, Knock at the Door” by Kathryn Williams. He was a staple actor around the Sacramento/Davis area who performed at all the college and university venues, as well as a regular member of the ensemble for the Stagedoor Comedy Playhouse. He performed professionally both in New York, and in repertory along the East Coast for a decade or so. Now he enjoys performing his own poetry, and is delighted whenever he is given the opportunity to read great work from other writers. Larrea is the author of two books, We the People (Cold River Press) and Our Patch (Writing Knights Press), and is the editor of the annual Sacramento Voices anthology of prose and poetry, based on his monthly reading series.

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Featured Authors 2/14/15

Laleh Khadivi

Laleh Khadivi

Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran, on the eve of the Islamic Revolution. Since leaving Iran she has lived in cities around the globe. Her debut novel, The Age of Orphans, received the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Nobles Discover New Writers Award, and an Emory Fiction Fellowship. The Age of Orphans is the first book in a trilogy that follows three generations of Kurdish and Kurdish American men and their experiences of home, exile, and migration in the 20th and 21st centuries. The second book of the trilogy, The Walking, was recently published. Her work has been translated into eight languages.

Khadivi’s debut documentary film, 900 WOMEN, aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Her media projects have received support and awards from the Paul Robeson Foundation, the Soros Open Society Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has worked as director, producer, and cinematographer of documentary films since 1999. Since 2006 she has taught creative writing at The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Emory University, Santa Clara University, and in private workshops.

She lives in Northern California, where she is at work on the third book of the trilogy that takes place in the near future and the distant past.

Kathryn Williams

Kathryn Williams

Kathryn Williams lives in Davis and taught English at UC Davis before retiring three years ago. She is currently writing Trail’s End, a collection of interconnected short stories. These stories revolve around a group of elderly denizens in a down-at-the-heels trailer park near Vero Beach, Florida. Three of the stories have been published in the Blue Moon Literary Review. Williams also received Honorable Mention in the Sacramento Library Writing Contest.

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