Writing the Apocalypse

“A lot of times when I ask people what their apocalyptic fantasy life is like, they’ll immediately say something like, ‘Oh, what I think is going to kill us is climate change or World War IV,’ and that’s not what I’m interested in at all. The point is not about winning a bet about what’s going to happen. The point is about the human action of examining the possibility, the kind of obsessive imagining about it.” — Lucy Corin

Our featured December author, Lucy Corin, discusses her new book, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, with J.B. Powell at The Rumpus.

Giving Thanks

TurkeysThanksgiving is two short weeks away, which means it’s practically December and nearly time for our last event of the year! Thanks to Davis and the surrounding communities, and to our authors and actors, for such a warm welcome this fall.

Join us December 14 for an apocalyptic end to our 2013 series, featuring Lucy Corin, director of the UC Davis Creative Writing Program and author of One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, and emerging author Elise Winn.

Videos from our November event, featuring writers Peter Orner and Ruth Blank and actors Phillip Larrea and Roberta Stuart, are available now.

(Photo by JasonAller, via the Davis Wiki)

Featured Actors 11/9/13

Phillip Larrea

Phillip Larrea

Phillip Larrea is an actor and writer. As an actor, he was a staple in Sacramento-area theater in the late seventies and early eighties, including multiple roles for Stagedoor Comedy Playhouse. Larrea moved to New York, where he worked regularly in Off-Off Broadway productions as well as regional theater, summer stock, and touring shows. Since 2012, his poems have appeared in over sixty journals, anthologies, and magazines in the U.S., Ireland, Canada, and Asia. He is the author of the poetry collections We the People (Cold River Press) and Our Patch (Writing Knights Press) and winner of the 2013 New Frontier Prize for poetry. Larrea’s unique contribution to poetry is his original short form, the “tricube,” which consists of three stanzas, three lines per stanza, and three syllables per line—i.e., three cubed.

Roberta Stuart

Roberta Stuart

Roberta Feldner Stuart graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC, in 1959. Since then she has pursued an eclectic career in stage, nightclub, recording, television, and film as a working actress, singer, and voice over talent. Although semi-retired, Stuart maintains her status as a working member of The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television Artists (recently joined together and known as SAG-AFTRA). Over the years she has continued studies with many legendary teachers, including Milton Katselas, John Lehne, Dick Orkin, Patrick Frayley, Dee Marcus, and Ted Lott. She has taught theater and voice over technique privately and in a summer school setting for young performers in Manhattan Beach, California.

Stuart has appeared on stage Off Broadway in New York and Los Angeles productions, and in numerous television commercials and dramas. She appeared in Brian DePalma’s film The Fury and in many made-for-television films popular in the 1980s. She has recorded books for Books on Tape and spent many years volunteering for Recording for the Blind.

While living and working in Los Angeles, Stuart  produced, directed and hosted the talk show All About Real Estate on KIEV 870 AM, marrying her broadcasting talents to her second career as a California realtor which, after twenty-four years, she continues to enjoy as an associate with Lyon Real Estate here in Davis.

No, she has never had a face lift, but she does color her hair!