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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Featured Actors 1/10/15

Patty Shade

Patty Shade

Patty Shade will read “The Volunteer” by Renée Thompson. Shade performed in many music and theater productions throughout the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul over the thirty years that she lived there. She performed this past summer in the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble productions of Much Ado About Nothing and the musical She Loves Me. She also sings with the Davis Chorale and is a board member of that organization. Shade is currently a Lower Elementary Teacher at Bergamo Montessori School in Sacramento. She is happy to make her debut with Stories on Stage Davis.

Cynthia Speakman

Cynthia Speakman

Cynthia Speakman will read “Fletcher” by Tracy Guzeman. Speakman’s life is all about performing and teaching, mostly through humor. For twelve years she performed with the spoken word group StoryVoices and for over ten years has been teaching children’s theatre. The list of plays in which she has acted ranges from The Glass Menagerie and Death of a Salesman to Harvey and Alice in Wonderland as the Queen of Hearts. She recently completed work in an independent film, In God We Trust, to be released in March. You may occasionally hear her in radio commercials or see her downtown giving a Segway tour or Hysterical Walk in Old Sac. She wants to thank the Sacramento and Davis communities for being so supportive of their artists.

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Featured Authors 1/10/15

Happy New Year! We’re ringing in 2015 with two fabulous authors, Renée Thompson and Tracy Guzeman. See you soon!

Renée Thompson

Renée Thompson

Renée Thompson’s stories have appeared in Crossborder, Narrative, Literal Latte, Arcadia, Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, and Chiron Review. She has placed as a finalist in competitions sponsored by Narrative, Literal Latte, Glimmer Train, and Writer’s Digest. She is the author of two novels, The Plume Hunter and The Bridge at Valentine, which was recently selected as the 2014 community book for Woodland Reads. She is currently working on a new novel.

Tracy Guzeman

Tracy Guzeman

Tracy Guzeman, still a Midwesterner at heart, grew up outside of Chicago, and received her degree in landscape architecture from Iowa State University. She has held various marketing positions in Silicon Valley start-ups, and for the past seventeen years has owned her own company, providing event management and consulting services across a wide range of industries. A Pushcart Prize nominee, and a featured author for the 2014 Twitter Fiction Festival, her work has been published in Vestal Review, Glimmer Train, and Gulf Coast, where her story “Einstein” received honorable mention for the Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. Her first novel, The Gravity of Birds, was published by Simon & Schuster, and foreign rights have sold to ten countries. Of the novel, the San Francisco Chronicle writes, “Guzeman’s book is about sibling rivalry, tragedies and resurrections. And it’s irresistibly exquisite.” She is currently working on her second novel.

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