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.