Featured Authors & Actors 2/8/20

rae-gouirandRae Gouirand is the author of two collections of poetry, Glass is Glass Water is Water (Spork Press, 2018) and Open Winter (winner of the Bellday Prize, Bellday Books, 2011), the chapbooks Jinx (winner of the Summer Kitchen Competition, Seven Kitchens Press, 2019) and Must Apple (winner of the Oro Fino Competition, Educe Press, 2018), and a short work of nonfiction, The History of Art (winner of the Open Reading Competition, The Atlas Review, 2019). She leads several longrunning independent workshops in northern California and online, and lectures in the Department of English at UC-Davis.


Kelley OgdenKelley Ogden will read “The History of Art” by Rae Gouirand. 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. Ogden earned her BFA in performance from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.




Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate. He is the author of the collection Cenzontle (2018), which won the 2017 A. Poulin Jr. prize, and the chapbook Dulce (2018). His memoir, Children of the Land, is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2020. His work has appeared or been featured in The New York Times, PBS Newshour, People en Español, The Paris Review, Fusion TV, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, New England Review, and Indiana Review, among others. He currently teaches in the Low-Res MFA program at Ashland University.

Elio gutierrezElio Gutierrez will read “Children of the Land” by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo. Elio has directed shows at B Street Theatre, Green Valley, Sutter Street, Musical Mayhem, River City, and the Latinx Center of Art and Culture. He founded and teaches in the theatre program at Hawkins School of Performing Arts. Recent acting credits include: Usnavi (In The Heights; Elly Award winner for Best Actor), Emcee (Cabaret at American River College), The Baker (Into The Woods), El Gallo (The Fantasticks at UC Davis) and the one-man show, Pain Of The Macho (3moirai Productions). Elio received his BS in Psychology and his BA in Spanish at UC Davis, and is working towards a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from CNU. He would like to thank his wonderful husband, who helps support him through his multitude of different projects and performances.

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D. Wystan-OwenWystan Owen is the author of Other People’s Love Affairs: Stories (Algonquin Books), named a Best Book of 2018 by Amazon and The Washington Independent Review of Books. His fiction and essays have appeared in A Public Space, The Threepenny Review, LitHub, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. A graduate of both the UC Davis grad program in creative writing and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Owen co-founded and publishes The Bare Life Review.


Zachary Scovel will read “The Patron,” by David Wystan Owen. Scovel recently received his M.A. in French and Francophone Studies at UC Davis and is currently in pursuit of his PhD in the same field. He is a former company member at Big Idea Theatre in Sacramento, where he held the title of Master Carpenter, as well as Assistant Director for the productions of Trevorand A Bright New Boise. Some of his acting credits with the company include Zack in Belleville, Clown 1 in The 39 Steps, Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra and Dr. Henry Jekyll in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Some of his favorite previous roles also include Juliet in the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival’s all-male cast of Romeo & Juliet, Victor-Emmanuel and Poche for American River College’s A Flea in Her Ear, and Jonathan Harker for Solano Community College’s Dracula. Zachary was also most recently seen on the rooftop in Episode 5 of Boxed Up, the original live episodic musical in Sacramento’s Warehouse Artist Lofts, as well as Aramis in Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s The Three Musketeers. While Zachary has taken a break to concentrate on academics for the past couple of years, he is anticipating auditioning again soon to finally get back on the stage later this year.


Angela PneumanAngela Pneuman is the author of a collection of short stories, Home Remedies, and the novel Lay It on My Heart, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and many other literary magazines. She has written nonfiction for The Believer, Salon, and The Rumpus. Since 1999 she has taught creative writing at Stanford, where she was a Stegner Fellow, and for Stanford Continuing Studies. She also serves as the Executive Director for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, now in its 40th year. Angela is currently at work on a new novel based on a real-life crime.


cyprus-van-inwegenCyprus Van Inwegen will read “All Saints Day,” by Angela Pneuman. Van Inwegen is a Davis-based actress, musician, and artist. You may have seen her recently as Eve in Over There Outside (Ground + Field Theatre Festival), in the sketch comedy Monsters Anonymous(Bike City Theatre Co.), or in the reading of Summer Shorts II: A Collection of Short Plays by Nicholas Walker Herbert (Bike City Theatre Co.). Cyprus is a Company Member of Bike City Theatre Co. and past Apprentice of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Past credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet(Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Apprentice Showcase), and co-authoring two plays (Stay,The Unbearable Confessions of the Ski Lodge Survivors) through Boise Contemporary Theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Davis, California, with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Professional Writing.



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About the Authors


Chia Chia LinChia-Chia Lin is the author of The Unpassing, which was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She graduated with an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her short stories have been published in The Paris Review and Zyzzyva.




Yalitza FerrerasYalitza Ferreras is a recent Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Short StoriesKenyon ReviewColorado ReviewAster(ix) and Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan where she won the Thesis Prize, and is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Djerassi, Yaddo, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women, San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and Voices of Our Nation.




About the Actors


Joy Ding will read “Practicing,” by Chia-Chia Lin. Ding is a writer and performer based in San Francisco. She has recorded a number of short stories, including Italo Calvino’s “Mushrooms in the City”. She has also performed a staged reading of “Light Delay” for UC Davis’ 2018 Ground and Field Festival. She is a proud graduate of UC Davis’ master’s program in creative writing, where she studied writing and acting.




Monica VejarMonica Vejar will read “You Must Be this Tall,” by Yalitza Ferreras. Vejar, a granddaughter of farm workers and the first college graduate within the family, discovered her love of words in junior college while taking courses in British, American, and Third World Literature. She graduated from Sac State, where she performed in Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues and played Lil Bit in Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive (receiving the Jeffrey award for Best Actress). Over the years Monica has performed in various stage productions throughout the Sacramento region. Recently, she was in the Ensemble of Tenth Muse at the Davis Shakespeare Festival. And she read the part of Vicki in Over There Outside a Salon Reading produced by Bike City Theatre Company in partnership with UCD’s Ground and Field Theatre. She also played the roles of Marietta Fail, Wall Clock and Mae the parakeet in the Elly Award-winning production of Failure: A Love Story at Errant Phoenix Productions. Ms. Vejar hopes to continue to be a player in bringing short stories and plays to the stage.