Featured Authors & Actors 11/9/19

About the Authors

Lori-OstlundLori Ostlund’s novel After the Parade (Scribner, 2015) was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was a Barnes and Noble Discover pick. Her first book, a story collection entitled The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award, the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and the 2009 California Book Award for First Fiction. Stories from it appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among others. Lori has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and was a finalist for the 2017 Simpson Family Literary Prize. She is a teacher and lives in San Francisco with her wife, son, and cats, though she spent her formative years in Minnesota, cat-less.




Anne RaeffAnne Raeff’s second novel, Winter Kept Us Warm, published in 2018, won the silver medal for the California Book Award for Fiction. Her short story collection, The Jungle Around Us won the 2015 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. The collection was also a finalist for the California Book Award and was on the San Francisco Chronicle’s 100 Best Books of 2017 list. In 2019 she was a finalist for the Simpson Literary Award. Clara Mondschein’s Melancholia, also a novel, was published in 2002. Raeff’s stories and essays have appeared in New England Review, ZYZZYVA, and Guernica among other places. Her next novel, Only the River, will be published in May 2020. She is proud to be a high school teacher. She lives in San Francisco.



About the Actors


Bob Cooner will read “Passing Through Needles,” by Lori Ostlund. Cooner has performed in plays and musicals in Sacramento, Chicago, New York City, Houston (his hometown), and on tour. Woodland Opera House theatergoers have seen Bob in such roles as Arthur in Camelot, Georg in She Loves Me, Tateh in Ragtime, Scottie in Tribute, Arvide in Guys and Dolls, and Wilbur in Hairspray. Other local productions include Assassins (Charles Guiteau) with Artistic Differences, Side by Side by Sondheim with the Actor’s Theatre of Folsom, and Love Letters (Andy) with Knockabout Stage. As a director, Bob helmed the Woodland Opera House productions of Stepping Out, 42nd Street, Blithe Spirit, Miracle on 34th Street: The MusicalA Christmas Carol: The Musical, Second-Best Bed (world premiere of his husband Matthew Abergel’s play), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Noises Off, Brigadoon, Man of La Mancha, and Once Upon a Mattress, as well as the Lambda Players production of As Bees in Honey Drown. As a playwright, Bob has had two plays produced at the Woodland Opera House: Prime Time for the Holidays and The Emperor’s New Clothes. He is an English and theatre teacher at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove.

gabby battistaGabby Battista will read “The Doctor’s Daughter,” by Anne Raeff. Battista is an actress based in the Sacramento region. She has been working as the Development Director for the Davis Shakespeare Festival for the past three years and has enjoyed her passion for community outreach and acting simultaneously. Her recent acting credits in the Sacramento region include Jesusa, from Davis Shakespeare’s The Tenth Muse, and Alicia from Capital Stage’s production of The Thanksgiving Play. She very excited to have the opportunity to read for Stories on Stage Davis.



Featured Authors & Actors 10/12/19

About the Authors

Brett RileyBrett Riley is the author of The Subtle Dance of Impulse and Light (Ink Brush Press) and Comanche (Imbrifex Books, August 2020). His short fiction has appeared in journals such as The Baltimore Review, Solstice, f(r)iction, Folio, The Evansville Review, and many others. His nonfiction has been published in Role Reboot, Wild Violet, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Literary Orphans, Rougarou, and Foliate Oak Magazine.




Stephanie J. AndersonStephanie J. Andersen writes about motherhood, loss, redemption, and, most recently, climate activism. Her work has been listed as Notable in The Best American Essays and has three times been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She teaches creative writing and composition at Reading Area Community College in Pennsylvania. Her writing life is enriched by her roles as climate justice advocate, runner, occasional yogi, Zumba instructor, and evolving cyclist and birdwatcher. She lives in Blandon, Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and one chatty bird.




Actor Bios

Eric BaldwinEric Baldwin will read “Dreaming in Stereo” by Brett Riley. Baldwin has performed in diverse roles all across the United States and Europe in productions of Henry V, Macbeth, Death of a Salesman, Burn This and Talk Radio. He was the Artistic Director of the Quantum Theatre Company in Los Angeles, and is the founder of Resurrection Theatre in Sacramento.





Analise Langford-Clark will read “Like a Part of You,” by Stephanie Andersen. Langford-Clark has been involved in community theatre in the Sacramento Area for the last 20 years.  Some of her favorite roles include Janet van de Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone with Fair Oaks Theatre Festival, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at American River College, and Marie-Therese in Adoration of Dora with Kolt Run Creations.  She has worked for the Sacramento Kings for the last 18 years – Go Kings!  She is a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and she and her father now help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she was lucky enough to have been treated.  While her first love is theatre, she is an avid reader and is thrilled to get to participate in this program!

Featured Authors & Actors 9/14/19

About the Authors


kim-magowanKim Magowan lives in San Francisco and teaches in the Department of Literatures and Languages at Mills College. Her short story collection Undoing (2018) won the 2017 Moon City Press Fiction Award. Her novel The Light Source (2019) was published by 7.13 Books. Her fiction has been published in Atticus ReviewCleaver, The Gettysburg Review, HobartSmokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, and many other journals. Her story “Madlib” was selected for Best Small Fictions 2019 (Sonder Press), and her story “Surfaces” was selected for Wigleaf‘s Top 50 2019. She is the Fiction Editor of Pithead Chapel.


Jeri HowittJeri Howitt is a teacher and author. She has published stories in Yolo Crow, Canyon Voice, and 166 Palms. Her story, “The Nightly Death of His Wife,” was turned into a podcast, and in 2019 her story “Our Landline is Broken” received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest. She has published a children’s book, A Tale of Two Loves, and has completed another, Che the Rat Lives in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Howitt is known in Davis for her tutoring business Partners in Learning, and for being the founding director of Stories on Stage Davis. It makes her smile that this successful event is starting its seventh season.


Kellie RainesKellie Raines will read “Brining” by Kim Magowan. Raines is a local actor, director, writer, and visual artist. She is an Associate Artist with KOLT Run Creations, for which she directed The Adoration of Dora. Her KOLT performance credits include Escape from Happiness, Vinegar Tom, Antigone, and My Own Stranger. Other notable performances include Motherf**ker With The Hat and The Underpants (Big Idea Theatre), Hamlet, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar (Theater Galatea), and God’s Ear and Five Women Wearing The Same Dress (Resurrection Theatre). She has a bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Davis. She can be seen on air for PBS KVIE where she will have a piece of art in the KVIE Art Auction in early October.


Jim LaneJim Lane will read “Our Landline is Broken” by Jeri Howitt. Lane got his BA in Theatre from CSU Sacramento in 1977. He has been acting and directing for over 50 years in Sacramento theaters – and in Southern California, where he earned an MA (also in Theatre) from CSU Long Beach. Jim has worked at Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, and at Sacramento’s Music Circus, among many others. Favorite roles include Harold Hill in The Music Man, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Philip Marlowe in The Little Sister, the Stage Manager in Our Town, Erronius in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Henry in Luigi Pirandello’s Enrico IV and Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey. Jim’s screen appearances include Clint Eastwood’s Bird, Melvin Purvis G-MAN, and Wisdom with Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore. Jim was a film critic for the Sacramento News & Review for 30 years, and he blogs on Classic Hollywood at Jim Lane’s Cinedrome (www.jimlanescinedrome.com). He is also an adjunct instructor in Film and Media Studies for Los Rios Community College District.