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.

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Christopher DeWan Christopher DeWan has published more than fifty stories in journals including Hobart, Juked, Necessary Fiction, Passages North, and wigleaf, and he has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. He has had TV projects with the Chernin Group and Indomitable Entertainment, and he has been recipient of a fellowship from the International Screenwriters’ Association. His collection of short stories, Hoopty Time Machines, is available from Atticus Books.


RamonaAusubel_webRamona Ausubel’s new novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, came in June 2016 from Riverhead Books. She is also the author of No One is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and Finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Her collection of stories, A Guide to Being Born, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, One Story, Ploughshares, The Oxford American, and The Best American Fantasy. She is a faculty member of the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Will OberholtzerWill Oberholtzer will read a selection of stories from Hoopty Time Machines by Christopher DeWan. Oberholtzer is excited to be doing Stories on Stage Davis for the first time. Prior credits include Cyrano de Bergerac and Romeo and Juliet at Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, Kingfish at the Magic Theatre, The Pirates of Penzance at the Sanford Maine Stage Company, and Becket at the Cumberland County Stage. Oberholtzer is a custom furniture and cabinet maker who’s happy to be revisiting an early passion, the theater. He is a newbie to Davis, having moved here seventeen years ago with his wife, Beth, to raise their family. He would like to thank Beth and their kids, Henry and Annie, for their support.

Andy JonesDr. Andy Jones will read “Poppyseed” by Ramona Ausubel. Jones is a poet, faculty member at UC Davis, radio talk show host, 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 coordinates and hosts the Poetry Night Reading Series 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 on the BBC World Service, and on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Growing up in a theater 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.

Kelley OgenKelley Ogden will read “Poppyseed” by Ramona Ausubel. 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.

Kate Duren

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This October at Stories on Stage Davis we’re celebrating poetry and creative non-fiction! Dr. Andy Jones and Kate Duren will share poetry and prose from their book, Where’s Jukie?, and Capital Public Radio’s Devin Yamanaka will read from Brenda Nakamoto’s memoir, Peach Farmer’s Daughter.

And we’re excited to have another special guest at the Pence—Sacramento theatre company KOLT Run Creations will take the stage to give us a sneak preview of their next production, Adoration of Dora, opening October 23. Adoration of Dora is directed by Kellie Yvonne Raines and features an all-female powerhouse cast, including KOLT co-founder Kelley Ogden. Don’t miss this special evening!

Kate Duren

Kate Duren is an essayist, blogger, a Bringing Baby Home Certified Gottman Educator for couples, and a coach for new parents. The Director of Media Relations for the Smith-Lemli-Opitz Foundation, Duren works to support parents, coordinate communication and collaboration among parents of children with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, and raise money for medical research. She authors the blog Thriving in Holland. Find her online at twitter.com/kateduren.

 

 

Dr. Andy Jones

Dr. Andy Jones is the Poet Laureate of Davis. A longtime faculty member at UC Davis, he hosts a radio show, chairs the Cultural Arts and Entertainment Committee of the City of Davis, and has given over 500 public talks and performances. His essays have appeared in a number of journals and newspapers, including The Sacramento Bee. Jones has spoken on social media topics on several California television and radio networks, on poets and poetry (twice) for the BBC World Service, and on meeting and marrying Kate Duren on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Since 2000, he has hosted Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour on radio station KDVS, for which he has interviewed thousands of authors, including Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexie, T.C. Boyle, Ralph Nader, and Gary Snyder. In Davis Jones also coordinates and hosts the twice-monthly Poetry Night Reading Series, which has featured performances by most of Northern California’s best poets. His poems can be found in several literary journals, and in his books Split Stock and Where’s Jukie? Find him online at http://www.andyojones.com.

Brenda Nakamoto

Raised on a family peach farm in a small northern California town called Gridley, Brenda Nakamoto didn’t find her love of writing until she experienced the life of the sandwich generation, caring for her widowed Nisei father and her two young children. Writing about the life she remembered on the farm—lost with her parents’ retirement and sale of the land—surprised her with a book-length compilation of essays in a process that brought her closer to family. Her father listened to early drafts and helped with clarifications. Nakamoto now misses him dearly. She is currently working on a new project investigating the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, in which family members from both her parents’ sides were involved.

Devin Yamanaka

Devin Yamanaka will read an excerpt from Brenda Nakamoto’s memoir, Peach Farmer’s Daughter. Yamanaka first came to Capital Public Radio in 2005 as an intern with a passion for music but no broadcasting ambitions. She just wanted to be around all the great CDs in the library! Now, as local host of All Things Considered, she can’t imagine life without broadcasting. Before All Things Considered she moonlighted as an all-around sub on multiple Capital Public Radio shows, including Morning Edition and Blue Dog Jam. Yamanaka also hosted regular shifts of classical music and Excellence In Jazz, and from 2009 to 2012 she hosted and produced Classic Jazz & Swing. Since her first love is music, Yamanaka’s favorite All Things Considered segments are the musician interviews. When not behind the mic, you can find her catching up on her favorite crime dramas, reading a baseball book, or rooting for the San Francisco Giants.