Featured Authors & Actors 12/8/18

About the Authors


photo: Smeeta Mahanti

R.O. Kwon is the author of The Incendiaries, published by Riverhead (U.S.) and Virago (U.K.). The Incendiaries was an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Pick, and it is being translated into four languages. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, Time, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.


Colin Winnette

photo: Jennifer Yin

Colin Winnette is the author of several books, including Haints Stay and The Job of the Wasp. He lives in San Francisco, and his website is a .net.

About the Actors

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 will read an excerpt from The Job of the Wasp by Colin Winnette. He is a globetrotting theater artist, writer, and polyglot teacher with roots in California. He is co-founding Artistic Director of Theater Galatea and founding co-publisher of Indomita Press, as well as Associate World Literature Editor for The Literary Review. He’s had thirteen original works staged—including Variations on Betrayal, the recipient of the Sacramento News & Review’s “Best Original Play” of 2009—and has adapted three Shakespearean tragedies to be performed by only four actors each—including Hamlet, in which he played the title role. Most recently, he’s been translating the works of Federico García Lorca as well as publishing What Doesn’t Kill  You: An Anthology of YA Short Fiction, which he co-edited and in which one of his original short stories appears. He has also received the Toyon Literary Magazine Multilingual Award in Translation, Multilingual, or Spanish-Language Writing, which was awarded to a self-translation of another of his short stories. He’s very pleased to be once again behind the lectern of Stories on Stage Davis, an organization particularly close to his heart.

yuri-tajiriYuri Tajiri will read an excerpt from The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon. Tajiri is excited to be to reading for Stories on Stage in Davis for the first time! She has previously read for Stories on Stage Sacramento and has been seen as the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show (Green Valley Theatre Company), Linda in Evil Dead: The Musical (Sutter Street Theatre) and Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew (The Alternative Arts Collective). She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from CSU Sacramento and is a freelance photographer when not onstage.

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Colin Winnette

Colin Winnette

Colin Winnette is a writer from Denton, Texas. He is the author of Revelation (Mutable Sounds, 2011), Animal Collection (Spork Press, 2012), Fondly (Atticus Books, 2013), Coyote (Les Figues, 2015), and Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio, 2015). Fondly was listed among Salon’s Best Books of 2013. Coyote won Les Figues Press’s NOS Book Contest and was on the Small Press Distribution bestseller list for four months. Haints Stay was listed as a 2015 “Best Book of the Year” by Flavorwire, Litreactor, Largehearted Boy, and Slate. Coyote was listed as a 2015 “Best Book of the Year” by Flavorwire and the Washington Independent Review of Books. Winnette was a runner-up for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Award, and a finalist for Gulf Coast Magazine’s Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, as well as the 1913 Press First Book Award. His other prizes include the Sonora Review’s 2012 Short Short Fiction Contest and Heavy Feather Review’s Featured Chapbook Contest in 2014. (Photo: Jennifer Yin)

Bill Pieper

Bill Pieper

Bill Pieper lives and writes in Sacramento and Nevada City, California, and is listed as a notable alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Two of his stories have received Pushcart Prize nominations, and a third won a national award from Scratch Writer magazine. Pieper’s stories have appeared in The Farallon Review, Red Fez, Convergence, Primal Urge, Fiction 365, The Blue Lake Review, and elsewhere. In addition to Forgive Me, Father, his 2014 collection from Cold River Press, Pieper has two novels in print, Belonging (Comstock Bonanza Press, 2006) and What You Wish For (Pacific Slope Press, 2011). Links to all of his published work can be found here.