Featured Authors & Actors 6/10/17

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.

Featured Authors & Actors 5/13/17

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.

Featured Authors & Actors 4/8/17

Shruti SwamyShruti Swamy lives and writes in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016, AGNI, the Kenyon Review Online, the Boston Review, and elsewhere. In 2012, she was Vassar College’s 50th W.K. Rose Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and Blue Mountain Center. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow.

Kelly LuceKelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, which won the 2013 Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, and the novel Pull Me Under, out from FSG in 2016. She grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, and the Michener Center for Writers, and has appeared in New York Magazine; the Chicago Tribune; Salon; O, the Oprah Magazine; and other publications. She is a Contributing Editor for Electric Literature and a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where she is working on her next novel.

Victoria GoldblattVictoria Goldblatt will read “Night Garden” by Shruti Swamy. Goldblatt has been performing for over twenty years. She has done a variety of work including films, commercials, community theater, and voice-overs for TV and radio, along with her show, Cabernet Night with Victoria and Friends. She was the former Casting Director for Stories on Stage Sacramento and has been a member of the Steering Committee for the Playwrights Collaborative in Sacramento for the past eight years.



Matthew AbergelMatthew Abergel will read “Ms. Yamada’s Toaster” by Kelly Luce. Abergel often performs at the Woodland Opera House Theatre, where he recently co-directed the world premiere of Prime Time for the Holidays, written by his husband, Bob Cooner. A former editor and community-college instructor, Abergel is the author of two books published by Simon & Schuster, and a play, Second-Best Bed, produced by Woodland Opera House in 2014. Currently he’s putting the finishing touches on a historical novel about King James. Long ago, he studied dramatic literature and directing as a grad student at the University of Chicago and Stanford. He’s tickled as pink as a marshmallow Peep to read for Stories on Stage.