Featured Authors & Actors 9/14/19

About the Authors

 

kim-magowanKim Magowan lives in San Francisco and teaches in the Department of Literatures and Languages at Mills College. Her short story collection Undoing (2018) won the 2017 Moon City Press Fiction Award. Her novel The Light Source (2019) was published by 7.13 Books. Her fiction has been published in Atticus ReviewCleaver, The Gettysburg Review, HobartSmokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, and many other journals. Her story “Madlib” was selected for Best Small Fictions 2019 (Sonder Press), and her story “Surfaces” was selected for Wigleaf‘s Top 50 2019. She is the Fiction Editor of Pithead Chapel.

 


Jeri HowittJeri Howitt is a teacher and author. She has published stories in Yolo Crow, Canyon Voice, and 166 Palms. Her story, “The Nightly Death of His Wife,” was turned into a podcast, and in 2019 her story “Our Landline is Broken” received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest. She has published a children’s book, A Tale of Two Loves, and has completed another, Che the Rat Lives in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Howitt is known in Davis for her tutoring business Partners in Learning, and for being the founding director of Stories on Stage Davis. It makes her smile that this successful event is starting its seventh season.

ABOUT THE ACTORS

Kellie RainesKellie Raines will read “Brining” by Kim Magowan. Raines is a local actor, director, writer, and visual artist. She is an Associate Artist with KOLT Run Creations, for which she directed The Adoration of Dora. Her KOLT performance credits include Escape from Happiness, Vinegar Tom, Antigone, and My Own Stranger. Other notable performances include Motherf**ker With The Hat and The Underpants (Big Idea Theatre), Hamlet, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar (Theater Galatea), and God’s Ear and Five Women Wearing The Same Dress (Resurrection Theatre). She has a bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Davis. She can be seen on air for PBS KVIE where she will have a piece of art in the KVIE Art Auction in early October.

 

Jim LaneJim Lane will read “Our Landline is Broken” by Jeri Howitt. Lane got his BA in Theatre from CSU Sacramento in 1977. He has been acting and directing for over 50 years in Sacramento theaters – and in Southern California, where he earned an MA (also in Theatre) from CSU Long Beach. Jim has worked at Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, and at Sacramento’s Music Circus, among many others. Favorite roles include Harold Hill in The Music Man, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Philip Marlowe in The Little Sister, the Stage Manager in Our Town, Erronius in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Henry in Luigi Pirandello’s Enrico IV and Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey. Jim’s screen appearances include Clint Eastwood’s Bird, Melvin Purvis G-MAN, and Wisdom with Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore. Jim was a film critic for the Sacramento News & Review for 30 years, and he blogs on Classic Hollywood at Jim Lane’s Cinedrome (www.jimlanescinedrome.com). He is also an adjunct instructor in Film and Media Studies for Los Rios Community College District.

Featured Authors & Actors 6/8/19

About the Authors

shobha_raoShobha Rao moved to the United States from India at the age of seven. She is the author of the short story collection An Unrestored Woman and the novel Girls Burn Brighter. Rao is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship. Her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015. Girls Burn Brighter has been longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and is a finalist for the California Book Award. She lives in San Francisco.

 

esme-wangEsmé Weijun Wang is the author of the New York Times-bestselling essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias and the novel The Border of Paradise, which was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016. She received a 2018 Whiting Award, was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017, and was the recipient of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize in 2016. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, Wang lives in San Francisco, and can be found at esmewang.com and on Twitter @esmewang.(Photo: Jacquelyn Tierney)


ABOUT THE ACTORS

alyssa-buchthalAlyssa Buchthal will read an excerpt from Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao. Buchthal is a junior at UC Davis, double majoring in computer science and communication. In her free time, she has performed in several productions, including “Light Delay” with Ground and Field Theatre Festival, Dogfight with Studio 301, and The Tale of the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon with the UC Davis Undergraduate Theatre Festival. Buchthal enjoys writing in her free time (both plays and prose), as well as assisting in producing the Ground and Field Theatre Festival, stage-managing with various companies, and being an officer on the UC Davis Dressage Team. Catch her this September as a member of the Ground and Field Ensemble on the UC Davis campus!

joy-dingJoy Ding will read “What Terrible Thing It Was” by Esmé Weijun Wang. Ding is a writer and performer engaged with issues of memory and the experience of Asian Americans in the US. She has recorded a number of short stories, including, most recently, Italo Calvino’s “Mushrooms in the City.” She also performed a staged reading of “Light Delay” for UC Davis’ 2018 Ground and Field Festival. Ding is currently adapting and rehearsing one of her own short stories – about a Chinese-American daughter and her mother – for a performance at the Manetti Shrem Museum on May 30th.