Featured Authors & Actors 2/10/18

Join us for an evening celebrating flash fiction.

Grant FaulknerGrant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin House, The Southwest Review, and The Gettysburg Review. His essays on creativity have been published in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He’s published a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, Fissures, and a book of essays on creativity, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Prompts to Boost Your Creative Mojo. Additionally, Faulkner is co-founder of the Flash Fiction Collective, a member of the Oakland Book Festival’s Literary Council, a member of the National Writing Project Writers Council, and a member of Lit Camp’s Advisory Council.

Kirstin ChenKirstin Chen is the author of the novels Bury What We Cannot Take, forthcoming from Little A in March, and Soy Sauce for Beginners, a Kindle First selection, an O, The Oprah Magazine “book to pick up now,” and a Glamour book club pick. She has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. She was the fall 2017 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence in Singapore and currently resides in San Francisco.

Rob DavidsonRob Davidson was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and was educated at Beloit College and Purdue University. He is the author of Spectators: Flash Fictions (Five Oaks Press, 2017), The Farther Shore: Stories (Bear Star, 2012), and Field Observations: Stories (University of Missouri Press, 2001). Davidson’s honors include a Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholars Award to lecture in Taiwan, 2015-2016; winning the 2009 Camber Press Fiction Award, judged by Ron Carlson; a 1997 AWP Intro Journals Project Award; multiple Pushcart Prize nominations; and having twice been selected Artist-in-Residence at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York. His fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, The Normal School, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and American literature at California State University, Chico.

Laurie Ann DoyleLaurie Ann Doyle’s new collection of stories, World Gone Missing (Regal House Publishing, October 2017), has been praised by New York Times bestselling author Edan Lepucki  for delivering “astute portrayals of people desiring connection, hope, and renewal,” and named a top book pick at The East Bay Express.  Winner of the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award and a Pushcart Prize nominee, Doyle’s stories and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Jabberwock Review, and Under the Sun, among many other literary journals, and anthologized in Speak and Speak Again (Pact Press). She co-founded Babylon Salon, the long-running San Francisco literary series, and teaches writing at The Writers Grotto and UC Berkeley. Find her online at www.laurieanndoyle.com.

Thaisa FrankThaisa Frank’s fifth book of fiction, Enchantment, was among Best Books in 2012 in the San Francisco Chronicle. Her non-fiction book, Finding Your Writer’s Voice, was reissued as an e-book and is used in MFA programs. Her work also appears in the upcoming anthologies, Micro Fiction, edited by Robert Scotellaro and James Thomas; Nothing Short Of, edited by Grant Faulkner; and Short-Form Creative Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology.

She lives in California and is a member of The San Francisco Writers Grotto.

Robert ScotellaroRobert Scotellaro has published in W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, The Best Small Fictions Anthology 2016 and 2017, NANO Fiction, Gargoyle, New Flash Fiction Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and many others. He is the author of seven literary chapbooks, several books for children, and three full-length story collections: Measuring the Distance, What We Know So Far, and Bad Motel. He has co-edited an anthology of micro fiction, due out from Norton in 2018. Scotellaro lives with his wife in San Francisco.

Jessica LaskeyJessica Laskey will read “Girl with Apple” by Rob Davidson and “Boys on the Roof,” “Meine Liebe,” and “The Backseat is the Safest Place” by Kirstin Chen. Laskey is happy to be back in her hometown after spending 2014-15 in Paris, while her playwright husband, p joshua laskey, earned his master’s degree in translation. As an Equity actress, Laskey’s favorite roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (UC Berkeley), Mae in Reefer Madness (Artistic Differences), Jenny in Threepenny Opera (California Stage) and several productions with the Sacramento Theatre Company. Laskey is also a freelance writer for Inside Publications—for which she wrote the newly released book, Inside Sacramento: The Most Interesting Neighborhood Places in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital—as well as for Sacramento Magazine and The Sacramento Bee.

Patty ShadePatty Shade will read “Lilacs & Formaldehyde” by Laurie Ann Doyle, “Us” by Grant Faulkner, and “Schrödinger in Exile” and “Poland” by Thaisa Frank. Over the thirty years that she lived in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Shade performed in numerous music and theater productions. Locally, she performed for two seasons with the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble. Shade also sings with the Davis Chorale, for whom she also serves as a board member. She is currently a lower elementary teacher at Bergamo Montessori School in Sacramento. She is happy to be back to read for Stories on Stage Davis.

Kyle StonerKyle Stoner will read “Sky Glider” and “Hoover Dam” by Rob Davidson, “Heat” by Grant Faulkner, and “Bookends” and “Mime with a Gun” by Robert Scotellaro. Stoner has performed in a number of productions throughout the Bay Area and the Sacramento region. Credits at the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, and Sebastian in Twelfth Night. Other credits include Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q (New Conservatory Theater Center); Fabrizio, Light in the Piazza (Altarena Playhouse); Finch, How to Succeed (BAM! San Francisco); F-WORD aka Frodo aka Francis, The Fellowship (AlterTheater); Jaques, As You Like It (SF Shakespeare Festival); and Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar (Bay Area Stage).

Featured Authors & Actors 1/13/18

Shanthi SekaranShanthi Sekaran is a writer and educator from Berkeley, California. Her recent novel,
Lucky Boy (Penguin Random House), was named an IndieNext Great Read and an Amazon Editors’ Pick. The New York Times calls it “brilliantly agonizing” and USA Today says “Lucky Boy pulses with vitality, pumped with the life breath of human sin and love.” Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Canteen Magazine, The Rumpus, and LitHub. She’s a visiting writer at St. Mary’s College of California, and has two sons.

Robert FausRobert Faus holds an MFA in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars. He has had stories published in Plazm Magazine, The Evansville Review, Southern California Review, and The Southampton Review. Originally from Oregon, he currently lives in Davis, California, with his wife and son.

Philomena BlockPhilomena Block will read an excerpt from Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran. Block is excited to be a part of Stories on Stage Davis, exploring themes from her Latin heritage with this piece. She is a recent Sacramento transplant from the Bay Area. She holds two BA degrees in Musical Theatre and Psychology from CSU Chico. She was most recently seen as Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Davis Shakespeare Festival). Theater credits include Agatha/ Hot Box Dancer in Guys and Dolls (The Jewel Theatre), Collete in La Cage Aux Folles (Cabrillo Stage), Female Swing in Avenue Q (Berkeley Playhouse), Alex in On the Verge and Patsy in Spamalot (CSU Chico). When not performing, Block works as a creative teacher and marketing professional. 

Ian HoppsIan Hopps will read “Metal” by Robert Faus. Hopps is grateful to be returning to Stories on Stage Davis and, as a life-long reader, excited to give voice to the author’s work. Growing up in LA’s San Fernando Valley, he began acting and telling stories at a young age, pursuing the craft in elementary school and continuing through college at San Francisco State University. Since transplanting to the Sacramento area two years ago, he has worked with Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, Sacramento Theatre Company, and Capital Stage. His next role is Macduff in STC’s upcoming production of Macbeth. Hopps would like to give a sincere thanks to the Davis community for showing so much support to the arts! “Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.”

Featured Authors & Actors 12/9/17

Brandy Colbert and Shayne LangfordBrandy Colbert is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Pointe. Her latest novel, Little & Lion, was reviewed by the New York Times, which called it “urgent and true,” and was named a Book of the Month Club selection, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a Best Book of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews. Her third book, Finding Yvonne, will be published in August 2018 by Little, Brown. Colbert lives and writes in Los Angeles. (Photo: Jessie Weinberg)

Shayne Langford is a fly fisherman from Northern California. He studies creative writing at the University of California, Davis.


Alana Mathews Arcurio and Andy JonesAlana Mathews Arcurio will read an excerpt from Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. Arcurio is excited to return to Stories on Stage Davis. She previously read excerpts from Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile and from a forthcoming novel by Jacinda Townsend. In addition to performing for Stories on Stage Sacramento, Arcurio was cast as Martha for the staged reading of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Sacramento Theatre Company. She appeared in several productions with Celebration Arts and received an Elly nomination for Best Lead Actress for her role of Marta in Sorrows and Rejoicings by Athol Fugard. She most enjoys the role of mom to her three children, Caleb, Jordan, and Josiah, when they are home from college.

Dr. Andy Jones will read “Eggs” by Shayne Langford. Jones is a poet, faculty member at UC Davis, radio talk show host, storyteller, and public speaker. He has taught writing and literature classes at the University of California, Davis since 1990, and since 2000 has hosted “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” on radio station KDVS. The Poet Laureate of Davis, Jones has authored three books of poetry, and he coordinates and hosts the Poetry Night Reading Series on first and third Thursdays of the month at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis. Combining poetry, painting, audience participation, and song, his experimental play, Ephemera, premiered in December 2002.

As an actor, Jones has performed in television commercials, in a made-for-TV film that aired on PBS, and in films directed by his Technocultural Studies students. In recent years he has appeared on local television to discuss Maya Angelou, social media, teaching with iPads, and public poetry. He has told stories before live audiences at poetry readings and storytelling festivals, on the BBC World Service, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Growing up in a theatre family, Jones is the son of the late UNLV playwriting and directing professor Davey Marlin-Jones, winner of the Margo Jones Award for the Advancement of American Theatre.