Featured Authors & Actors 5/12/18

Please note: our May event will take place on campus at UC Davis, Voorhies Hall, Room 126. Voorhies is located on A Street between 1st and 2nd.


Jeanne-PanfelyJeanne Panfely is the winner of the 5th Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “The Payphone.” Panfely is a fiction writer from Marin County, California, and a second-year MA student in the creative writing program at UC Davis. She has been previously published in Litro Magazine and was the recipient of the Walter and Nancy Kidd Prize.

 

Mackenzie NordahlMackenzie Nordahl is the runner-up of the 5th Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “Lucky.” Nordahl is a fourth-year undergraduate at UC Davis. When she’s not stressing about graduating, she’s either playing tennis or trying out a new hobby. She is an English major with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in Spanish.  She aspires to pursue a career in education and is currently working as a pedagogy intern for the Play the Knave project, which has developed a video game about Shakespeare. She also works as a supervisor in a local pizza parlor. Nordahl is from Turlock, California.

 

Veronica JarboeVeronica Jarboe  will read “The Payphone” by Jeanne Panfely. Veronica has been performing on stage most of her life. Her favorite roles include Antonio in Twelfth Night (London Academy of Music and Dramatic), Nina inThe Seagull (Art Theater of Davis), and Faye in Just Say Yes (Theatre in the Heights). Other credits include My Fair Lady, Macbeth, andMidsummer Night’s Dream.

 

Kellie RainesKellie Raines will read “Lucky” by Mackenzie Nordahl. Kellie is a local actor, director, playwright, 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, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth (Theater Galatea), and God’s Earand Five Women Wearing The Same Dress (Resurrection Theatre). Raines has a bachelor’s degree in dramatic art from the University of California, Davis. She can also be seen on-air for KVIE Public Television. Her first gallery show opens June 2018 at Archival Gallery  in Sacramento and will feature her fat, colorful bird paintings.

Featured Authors 5/14/16

We’re happy to introduce the winners of this year’s Stage on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest, Becky Mandelbaum and Christina Turner. We can’t wait for you to hear their work!

Becky Mandelbaum

Becky Mandelbaum is the winner of the Third Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “Year of the Tree.” Mandelbaum is from Kansas but is currently finishing her second year in the Creative Writing MA program at UC Davis. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Salt Hill Journal, The East Bay Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Kansas City Voices.

 

 

Christina Turner

Christina Turner is the runner-up of the Third Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “The Quick and the Dead.” Turner is a native West Virginian, an adopted North Carolinian, and a second-year MA student in creative writing at UC Davis, where she has received the Elliot Gilbert Prize. Before coming to UC Davis, she received a Master of Divinity from Duke University. She writes short stories and essays and is at work on a novel about God, grief, and love in Appalachia.

Featured Authors 5/9/15

Becky MandelbaumBecky Mandelbaum is the winner of our second annual UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “Queen of England.” She is a first-year MA student in the creative writing program at UC Davis. She is originally from Wichita, Kansas, but spent the last five years in Lawrence, where she received the Lawrence Arts Center’s 2013 Langston Hughes Award for Fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in South Dakota Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Kansas City Voices.

 

Lissa Miller

Lissa Miller is the runner-up in our second annual UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “The Armadillo.” She is a second-year MA student in the creative writing program at UC Davis and holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Redlands. After working for twenty-five years in the field of adult secondary education, she now writes both fiction and poetry and lives in Martinez, California, with her family.