Featured Authors & Actors 3/9/19

About the Authors

Crystal WilkinsonCrystal Wilkinson is the award-winning author of the novel The Birds of Opulence (winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence) and two story collections, Water Street and Blackberries, Blackberries. Nominated for both the Orange Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, she has received recognition from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Arts Council, The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is a recipient of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including most recently in the Oxford American and Southern Cultures.  She currently teaches at the University of Kentucky, where she is Associate Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program. She and her partner, poet and artist Ron Davis, own Wild Fig Books & Coffee in the North Limestone neighborhood in Lexington. (Photo: Justin Skeens)


Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday), is an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times editor’s choice. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Buzzfeed, Nylon, and Guernica, among others. Rojas Contreras has received numerous awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. She is the book columnist for KQED, the Bay Area’s NPR affiliate. She teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, and works with immigrant high school students as part of a San Francisco Arts Commission initiative bringing writers into public schools. She is working on a family memoir about her grandfather, a curandero from Colombia who it was said had the power to move clouds. (Photo: Jeremiah Barber)

About the Actors

Alana Mathews ArcurioAlana Mathews Arcurio is excited to return to Stories on Stage Davis to read “In Plain Sight” by Crystal Wilkinson. She has 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.


Katherine MillerKatherine Miller will read “The Hour of the Fog” by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Miller is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and began her professional theater career performing in regional theaters of Northern California. A former member of the Sacramento Theatre Company, her credits there include Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Vicky/Brooke in Noises Off, The Goddess Parvati in Arranged Marriage, Ifigenia in Electricidad, and Padma in Queen of the Remote Control. As a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, her credits abroad include the role of Tecmessa in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Ajax in Afghanistan and Artemis in Valina Hasu Houston’s The Intuition of Iphigenia; both productions were world premieres performed in Greece in 2012. Other favorite shows include Fat Pig, Much Ado About Nothing(Capital Stage), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, and Othello(Sacramento Shakespeare Festival). Miller also has local and national commercial credits, such as the currently-running commercial introducing Guy Fieri’s new season of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.


Featured Authors & Actors 2/9/19

About the Authors

Jamel Brinkley

Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf Press), a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the John Leonard Prize, and the Story Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and Tin House, among other placesA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.



Nick WhiteNick White is the author of two books of fiction: Sweet & Low, a collection of stories, and How to Survive a Summer, a novel. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Kenyon ReviewIndiana Review, Catapult, The Literary Review, Guernica, and elsewhere. He is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University.

About the Actors

Evan WhiteEvan White will read “Gatlinburg,” by Nick White. Evan is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. As an undergraduate, he co-founded Absurd Publications and published an anthology of poetry and short fiction, All the Vegetarians in Texas Have Been Shot, and the creative journal The Oddity. He has designed and published half-a-dozen books as a freelance designer, including: Pub Quizzes: Trivia For Smart People; Where’s Jukie?;and the children’s book Che the Rat Lives in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is also the designer for Under the Gum Tree magazine in Sacramento. The first issue of the magazine featuring his re-design was named in the 2017 edition of The Best American Essays as a “notable issue of the year.” His writing has appeared in two editions of Sacramento Voices, an annual anthology of poetry and short fiction, and his story “Patterson,” first performed at Stories on Stage Davis, received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s 2016 Short Story Award contest. White has been on the board of Stories on Stage Davis since 2015. Currently he works as a designer for the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis.

David ScottDavid Scott will read “I Happy Am,” by Jamel Brinkley. David is a case manager and trauma response specialist at the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond, California. A father and writer, he remains passionate about communal performance.

Featured Authors & Actors 1/12/19

About the Authors

Anne Da VigoJournalist and fiction writer Anne Da Vigo is author of a novel, Thread of Gold. Her short fiction has been published in Literary Mama, Penduline Press, The Capra Review, Blue Moon Literary and Art Review, and Fiction on the Web. An unpublished novel, Bakersfield Boys Club, was a finalist for the Uno Press Literary Prize. She lives in Sacramento.


Scott AlumbaughScott Alumbaugh is the author of the novella Will Kill for Food, a winner of the 2014 Black Hill Press Summer Writing Project. He has published fiction in StoryQuarterly and in Hunger Mountain Review, where his work was runner-up for the 2017 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize. His essays have appeared in Los Angeles Lawyer and Bay Crossings. Another story will be featured later this year at Stories on Stage Sacramento. Alumbaugh is currently working on Zero Tolerance, a novel and related short stories dealing with immigration. He can be found online at http://scottalumbaugh.com.

About the Actors

Will OberholtzerWill Oberholtzer will read “Voyage of the Tropical Queen” by Anne Da Vigo. Oberholtzer is thrilled to be returning to Stories on Stage. When he’s not building cabinets or furniture, he can be seen popping up at local theaters. Recently he’s appeared at the Davis Shakespeare Festival and on Sacramento Theatre Company’s Main Stage. He’d like to thank his wife, Beth, and his two kids, Henry and Annie, for their constant support.

Lisa Halko

Lisa Halko will read “Sailing Lessons” by Scott Alumbaugh. 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.