Featured Authors & Actors 2/9/19

About the Authors

Jamel Brinkley

Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf Press), a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the John Leonard Prize, and the Story Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and Tin House, among other placesA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.



Nick WhiteNick White is the author of two books of fiction: Sweet & Low, a collection of stories, and How to Survive a Summer, a novel. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Kenyon ReviewIndiana Review, Catapult, The Literary Review, Guernica, and elsewhere. He is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University.

About the Actors

Evan WhiteEvan White will read “Gatlinburg,” by Nick White. Evan is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. As an undergraduate, he co-founded Absurd Publications and published an anthology of poetry and short fiction, All the Vegetarians in Texas Have Been Shot, and the creative journal The Oddity. He has designed and published half-a-dozen books as a freelance designer, including: Pub Quizzes: Trivia For Smart People; Where’s Jukie?;and the children’s book Che the Rat Lives in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is also the designer for Under the Gum Tree magazine in Sacramento. The first issue of the magazine featuring his re-design was named in the 2017 edition of The Best American Essays as a “notable issue of the year.” His writing has appeared in two editions of Sacramento Voices, an annual anthology of poetry and short fiction, and his story “Patterson,” first performed at Stories on Stage Davis, received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s 2016 Short Story Award contest. White has been on the board of Stories on Stage Davis since 2015. Currently he works as a designer for the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis.

David ScottDavid Scott will read “I Happy Am,” by Jamel Brinkley. David is a case manager and trauma response specialist at the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond, California. A father and writer, he remains passionate about communal performance.

Hear Us on KDVS

Start Martin Luther King Jr. Day by tuning in to Stories on Stage Davis’s first-ever broadcast on KDVS Davis at 90.3 FM! Tomorrow we will air dramatic readings of stories by authors Jacinda Townsend and Clarence Major. Celebrate the diversity of the local literary community and start off your morning inspired. Catch the broadcast on 90.3 FM at 8 a.m. on January 15, or listen live online.

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Rachel StarkRachel Stark received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in the inboxes of her professors, siblings, and friends. She looks forward to beginning her graduate studies in creative writing this fall.

Clarence MajorClarence Major is a prizewinning poet, painter, and novelist. As a finalist for the National Book Award he won a Bronze Medal for his book Configurations: New and Selected Poems 1958-1998. Major was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Bay Area Book Reviewers Book Award, and The Prix Maurice Coindreau in France. He is the recipient of The Western States Book Award; The National Council on The Arts Award; a New York Cultural Foundation Award; The Stephen Henderson Poetry Award for Outstanding Achievement (African American Literature and Culture Society of The American Literature Association); the Sister Circle Book Award; two Pushcart prizes; the International Literary Hall of Fame Award (Chicago State University); the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Fine Arts, presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; The 26th Annual 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN Oakland; and other awards. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Davis.

Jessica LaskeyJessica Laskey will read “Madonna’s Daughter” by Rachel Stark. Laskey is happy to be back in her hometown after spending 2014-15 in Paris, while her playwright husband, p joshua laskey, earned his master’s degree in translation. As an Equity actress, Laskey’s favorite roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (UC Berkeley), Mae in Reefer Madness (Artistic Differences), Jenny in Threepenny Opera (California Stage) and several productions with the Sacramento Theatre Company. Laskey is also a freelance writer for Inside Publications—for which she wrote the newly released book, Inside Sacramento: The Most Interesting Neighborhood Places in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital—as well as for Sacramento Magazine and The Sacramento Bee.

David ScottDavid Scott will read “My Mother and Mitch” by Clarence Major. Scott is a father, writer, and performer with a passion for communal experience. He is a veteran of the group Now Hear This, which presents dramatic readings set to original music. His readings with the series include “Straightaway” by Pushcart Award-winner Mark Wisniewski and “The Origin of Jim Crow” by Anthony D’Juan. Previous credits include Will in Cottonwood in The Flood and Black Boy in Hoodies On, Hands Up!