Featured Authors & Actors 9/9/17

Join us at our Season Five Opening Night Gala and fundraiser, featuring award-winning science fiction and fantasy. Tickets are sold out—thank you!

To kick off our 2017-18 season, best-selling author and Booker Prize finalist Karen Joy Fowler will present two writers she selected for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, Will Kaufman and Liz Ziemska. The evening will also include a silent art auction, good eats, and—back by popular demand—a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Every ticket comes with a Stories on Stage Davis canvas tote bag, designed by Davis artist and writer Madeline Gobbo and screenprinted by Sacramento artist Eric Frankenstein.

About the Authors

Karen Joy FowlerKaren Joy Fowler is the author of seven novels and four short story collections. Her 2013 novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. (Photo: Brett Hall Jones)

Will KaufmanWill Kaufman’s work has appeared in a number of publications, including Lightspeed Magazine, [PANK], and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He received an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis, an MFA from the University of Utah, and attended the Clarion Workshop in 2013. He currently lives in LA, where he works as an editor at Edmunds.com. You can find Will online at www.kaufmanwrites.com.


Liz ZiemskaLiz Ziemska is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Interfictions: 2, Strange Horizons, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Pushcart Prize XLI, and has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. A novella entitled Mandelbrot the Magnificent is forthcoming from Tor/St. Martin’s Press in November 2017. She lives in Los Angeles.




About the Actors

Kelley OgenKelley Ogden is an accomplished performer, director, and producer whose work has been seen throughout the area. Co-founder of acclaimed fringe theater company KOLT Run Creations, she has performed with Capital Stage, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Main Street Theatre Works, and Theater Galatea, among others. She earned her BFA in Performance from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.


Phillip LarreaPhillip Larrea was a prolific actor as a young man, appearing in many Sacramento area community productions and ultimately working professionally in New York in off-Broadway productions, summer stock, and touring companies. He gave it up because he doesn’t like working nights and weekends. He does, however, love doing the occasional one-night stand. Nowadays he is more known as the author of three books, Our Patch, We the People, and, most recently, Part Time Job.

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Peg Alford PursellPeg Alford Pursell is the author of Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow (ELJ Editions, March 2017), a collection of hybrid prose and micro-fictions with praise from Peter Orner, Joan Silber, Antonya Nelson, and others. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, and many other journals and anthologies. She is the founder and director of the national reading series Why There Are Words and of WTAW Press. Visit her at www.pegalfordpursell.com.

Shawna Yang RyanShawna Yang Ryan teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She is the author of Water Ghosts and Green Island, a novel set in martial law era Taiwan. Green Island was an Amazon Best Book of February 2016 and a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction. A graduate of the UC Davis creative writing master’s program, she is also the 2015 recipient of the Elliot Cades Emerging Writer award from the Hawai’i Literary Arts Council.

Martha Omiyo KightMartha Omiyo Kight will read an excerpt from Peg Alford Pursell’s collection, Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow. Kight has been very active in the Sacramento area theater community for four decades as an actor, singer, director, props mistress, and costumer. Most recently, she appeared in Sacramento Theater Company’s world premiere of the musical drama The Donner Party. Her credits in area theaters include Violet Weston in August: Osage County, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, as well as leading roles in A New Brain, Noises Off, Angels in America, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Kight has been writing poetry and reading her own and others’ work since 2009. Her poetry has been published in three Sacramento Voices anthologies and featured at Poetry Live Sunday in Placerville. She was also a featured reader for Evan Myquest’s “Death Valley Days” and Gene Avery’s “Death by Deer Rifle.” She read Lori Ostlund’s “Talking Fowl with My Father” for Stories on Stage Sacramento in 2010 and is delighted to be reading Peg Alford Pursell’s work with Stories on Stage Davis.

Vicki VictoriaVicki Victoria will read an excerpt from Shawna Yang Ryan’s novel Green Island. Victoria’s first great adventure was living in Taiwan for a year, teaching English conversation to finance her backpack travels through Asia. She is an actor and singer who enjoys performing in Bay Area regional and community theaters. She has acted in roles such as Cornwall in King Lear, Sycorax in The Tempest, and in Penthelsilea with Inferno Theatre/Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. Her musical roles include Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (Missouri St. Theatre, Tri Valley Repertory Theatre), Bloody Mary in South Pacific (Pittsburg Community Theatre), Stepmother in Into the Woods (PCT), and Les Misérables (MST). She was also featured in the comedy web series The Smiths and is currently filming Sloppy Seconds. This July she will spend her fourth summer in the John Hinkel Amphitheatre with Actors Ensemble of Berkeley’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

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Introducing the winners of this year’s Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest, Emily Masuda and Madeline Gobbo.

Emily MasudaEmily Masuda is the winner of the 4th Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “A Good Place to Bury Things.” Masuda graduated from UC Davis in March 2017, where she studied English with an emphasis in creative writing and minored in education and professional writing. She is the recipient of the Diana Lynn Bogart and Pamela Maus prizes for fiction. In June, Masuda will attend the Skidmore Summer Writers Institute in New York with a fiction scholarship, and in the coming year she plans to write a collection of short stories based on her honors thesis, They Called Me Bug; earn her teaching credential in English; and apply to graduate programs in creative writing.

Madeline GobboMadeline Gobbo is the runner-up of the 4th Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “The Conception.” Gobbo is a first-year MA student in the creative writing program at UC Davis. She is originally from Hood River, Oregon, but she most recently lived in San Francisco, where she was the store artist at The Booksmith. Her stories have appeared in Queen Mob’s Teahouse and Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable, for which she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the illustrator of Loose Lips, an anthology of erotic fanfiction. Her collaborative fiction with Miles Klee appears in Joyland, Hexus, Another Chicago, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Territory.

Lisa HalkoLisa Halko will read “A Good Place to Bury Things” by Emily Masuda. Halko lives in Davis and most recently played Arkadina in “The Seagull” with The Art Theater of Davis and Lady Capulet in “Romeo and Juliet” with the Davis Shakespeare Festival. She studied acting at the State University of New York Conservatory of Theater Arts at Purchase.

Kristi WebbKristi Webb will read “The Conception” by Madeline Gobbo. Webb is a graduate of Northwestern University’s music theatre program. When she’s not gallivanting with Davis Shakespeare Company or directing with Merryhill Midtown, she is YouTube-ing for bilingual education. Search for her MissSenorita videos and subscribe to her channel.