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.

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Evan WhiteEvan White is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Since 2011 he has read many original stories on programs on KDVS 90.3 FM, the UC Davis campus and community radio station. He has appeared as a reader at both the Poetry Night Reading Series and the Sacramento Poetry Center’s “Foam at the Mouth” reading series and has been featured twice as an actor at Stories on Stage Davis. 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, in addition to the creative journal The Oddity, of which there were seven issues. Currently he works as a graphic designer at UC Davis, and for the Sacramento-based literary magazine Under the Gum Tree.

CallanWink_webCallan Wink is a fly fishing guide in Livingston, Montana. His stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Playboy, The New Yorker, Men’s Journal, The Best American Short Stories anthology, and others. He is the recipient of an NEA creative writing grant and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. His first book of stories, Dog Run Moon, was published in 2016.

ZacharyScovel_webZachary Scovel will read “Patterson” by Evan White. Scovel graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in language studies, concentration in French. He is a proud company member at Big Idea Theatre. Some of his favorite theatrical credits include Clown 1 in The 39 Steps, Octavius Caesar in Antony & Cleopatra, and Dr. Jekyll in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Big Idea Theatre; Juliet in Romeo & Juliet at the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival; Victor-Emmanuel and Poche in A Flea in Her Ear at American River College; Jonathan Harker in Dracula, and George Gibbs in Our Town at Solano College Theatre.

Matt RivesMatt Rives will read “Crow Country Moses” by Callan Wink. Rives is an actor, musician, and stand-up comedian. Rives notable roles include Franz Liebkind in The Producers and Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde with Runaway Stage Productions, Henry Higgins in Pygmalion with Freefall Stage, Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock and the Ladies in Distress with Chautauqua Playhouse, and Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie with Resurrection Theatre. Recently, he appeared in The Hound of the Baskervilles with Sacramento Theater Company and Something Inside Is Broken, a rock opera produced by On Native Ground Productions. Rives has made several television appearances, including We Did It For Love on the Investigation Discovery channel, and has appeared in several commercials and industrial advertisements.

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Shobha RaoShobha Rao moved to the U.S. from India at the age of seven. She is the winner of the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, awarded by Nimrod International Journal. She has been a resident at Hedgebrook and is the recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation fellowship. Her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories 2015. She lives in San Francisco.

Carmiel BanaskyCarmiel Banasky is the author of the novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop (Dzanc, 2015), which Publishers Weekly calls “an intellectual tour de force.” Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Guardian, American Short Fiction, Slice, Guernica, PEN America, The Rumpus, and on NPR, among other places. She earned her MFA from Hunter College, where she also taught creative writing. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Ucross, Ragdale, Artist Trust, I-Park, and other foundations. After four years on the road at writing residencies, she now teaches in Los Angeles. She is from Portland, Oregon.

Mariana SedaMariana Seda will read “An Unrestored Woman” by Shobha Rao. Hailing from the Midwest, she has a BA in literature with a minor in performing arts from Iowa State University. After moving to the Davis/Sacramento area six years ago, she has been involved with numerous theater companies and productions. Most recently she played Julia in Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Big Idea Theatre Company) and Nina in In The Heights (Green Valley Theatre Company). Other previous roles include Wendla in Spring Awakening (GVTC), Rachel Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (GVTC), Queen Anne/Catesby in Richard III (BIT), Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Iowa State University), Mama Rose in Gypsy (ISU), Cristina Kahlo in Frida (Teatro Espejo/Teatro Nagual), and Magenta in the Rocky Horror Picture Show (GVTC). In addition to performing, she also recently directed The Light in the Piazza (GVTC) and [title of show] (GVTC). Thanks to all involved in this great project!

Evan WhiteEvan White will read “The Late Music of Morton Howell” by Carmiel Banasky. White is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Since 2011 he has read many original stories on programs on KDVS 90.3 FM, the UC Davis campus and community radio station. He has appeared as a reader at both the Poetry Night Reading Series and the Sacramento Poetry Center’s “Foam at the Mouth” reading series. 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, in addition to the creative journal The Oddity, of which there were seven issues. Currently he works as a graphic designer at UC Davis, and for the Sacramento-based literary magazine Under the Gum Tree.