Featured Authors & Actors 12/14/19

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. 

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!