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 3/11/17

Rachel StarkRachel Stark received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in the inboxes of her professors, siblings, and friends. She looks forward to beginning her graduate studies in creative writing this fall.

Clarence MajorClarence Major is a prizewinning poet, painter, and novelist. As a finalist for the National Book Award he won a Bronze Medal for his book Configurations: New and Selected Poems 1958-1998. Major was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Bay Area Book Reviewers Book Award, and The Prix Maurice Coindreau in France. He is the recipient of The Western States Book Award; The National Council on The Arts Award; a New York Cultural Foundation Award; The Stephen Henderson Poetry Award for Outstanding Achievement (African American Literature and Culture Society of The American Literature Association); the Sister Circle Book Award; two Pushcart prizes; the International Literary Hall of Fame Award (Chicago State University); the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Fine Arts, presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; The 26th Annual 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN Oakland; and other awards. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Davis.

Jessica LaskeyJessica Laskey will read “Madonna’s Daughter” by Rachel Stark. 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.

David ScottDavid Scott will read “My Mother and Mitch” by Clarence Major. Scott is a father, writer, and performer with a passion for communal experience. He is a veteran of the group Now Hear This, which presents dramatic readings set to original music. His readings with the series include “Straightaway” by Pushcart Award-winner Mark Wisniewski and “The Origin of Jim Crow” by Anthony D’Juan. Previous credits include Will in Cottonwood in The Flood and Black Boy in Hoodies On, Hands Up!