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.

Featured Authors & Actors 6/8/19

About the Authors

shobha_raoShobha Rao moved to the United States from India at the age of seven. She is the author of the short story collection An Unrestored Woman and the novel Girls Burn Brighter. Rao is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship. Her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015. Girls Burn Brighter has been longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and is a finalist for the California Book Award. She lives in San Francisco.


esme-wangEsmé Weijun Wang is the author of the New York Times-bestselling essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias and the novel The Border of Paradise, which was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016. She received a 2018 Whiting Award, was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017, and was the recipient of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize in 2016. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, Wang lives in San Francisco, and can be found at esmewang.com and on Twitter @esmewang.(Photo: Jacquelyn Tierney)


alyssa-buchthalAlyssa Buchthal will read an excerpt from Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao. Buchthal is a junior at UC Davis, double majoring in computer science and communication. In her free time, she has performed in several productions, including “Light Delay” with Ground and Field Theatre Festival, Dogfight with Studio 301, and The Tale of the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon with the UC Davis Undergraduate Theatre Festival. Buchthal enjoys writing in her free time (both plays and prose), as well as assisting in producing the Ground and Field Theatre Festival, stage-managing with various companies, and being an officer on the UC Davis Dressage Team. Catch her this September as a member of the Ground and Field Ensemble on the UC Davis campus!

joy-dingJoy Ding will read “What Terrible Thing It Was” by Esmé Weijun Wang. Ding is a writer and performer engaged with issues of memory and the experience of Asian Americans in the US. She has recorded a number of short stories, including, most recently, Italo Calvino’s “Mushrooms in the City.” She also performed a staged reading of “Light Delay” for UC Davis’ 2018 Ground and Field Festival. Ding is currently adapting and rehearsing one of her own short stories – about a Chinese-American daughter and her mother – for a performance at the Manetti Shrem Museum on May 30th.



Featured Authors & Actors 5/11/19

About the Authors

Pam HoustonPam Houston is the author of the memoir Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, as well as two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton. Her stories have been selected for volumes of The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Short Stories of the Century among other anthologies. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for contemporary fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award and several teaching awards. She teaches in the Low Rez MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, is Professor of English at UC Davis, and co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

Melinda MoustakisMelinda Moustakis is the author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, the Hodder Fellowship, the NEA, the Kenyon Review Fellowship, the Jenny McKean Moore Fellowship, and most recently the Rona Jaffe Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. She is currently a visiting professor at UC Davis.

About the Actors

Martha Omiyo KightMartha Omiyo Kight will read “The Season of Hunkering Down” by Pam Houston. Kight has been very active in the Sacramento area theatre community for four decades as an actor, singer, director, props mistress, and costumer. Most recently, she appeared in Sacramento Theater Company’s world premiere of the musical drama The Donner Party and the encore of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). Her credits in area theaters include, Violet Weston in August: Osage County, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, as well as leading roles in A New BrainNoises Off,  Angels in America, and The Importance of Being Earnest. She has been writing poetry and reading her own and others’ work since 2009. Her poetry has been published in three Sacramento Voices anthologies and featured at Poetry Live Sunday in Placerville. She was also featured reader for Evan Myquest’s “Death Valley Days” and Gene Avery’s “Death by Deer Rifle.” This will be her third appearance at Stories on Stage Davis, and she has also read for Stories on Stage Sacramento.

Patricia GlassPatricia Glass will read “The Last Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show” by Melinda Moustakis. Glass has been involved in dramas, comedies, musicals, voice-overs, staged readings, and storytelling for more than thirty years; locally for the past seventeen. Her most recent credit is playing Dorothy Brock in 42ndStreet at the Woodland Opera House. Glass earned a BA in theatre from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and has worked for UC Davis for the past seventeen years.