Featured Authors & Actors 5/11/19

About the Authors

Pam HoustonPam Houston is the author of the memoir Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, as well as two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton. Her stories have been selected for volumes of The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Short Stories of the Century among other anthologies. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for contemporary fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award and several teaching awards. She teaches in the Low Rez MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, is Professor of English at UC Davis, and co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

Melinda MoustakisMelinda Moustakis is the author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, the Hodder Fellowship, the NEA, the Kenyon Review Fellowship, the Jenny McKean Moore Fellowship, and most recently the Rona Jaffe Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. She is currently a visiting professor at UC Davis.


About the Actors

Martha Omiyo KightMartha Omiyo Kight will read “The Season of Hunkering Down” by Pam Houston. Kight has been very active in the Sacramento area theatre community for four decades as an actor, singer, director, props mistress, and costumer. Most recently, she appeared in Sacramento Theater Company’s world premiere of the musical drama The Donner Party and the encore of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). Her credits in area theaters include, Violet Weston in August: Osage County, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, as well as leading roles in A New BrainNoises Off,  Angels in America, and The Importance of Being Earnest. She has been writing poetry and reading her own and others’ work since 2009. Her poetry has been published in three Sacramento Voices anthologies and featured at Poetry Live Sunday in Placerville. She was also featured reader for Evan Myquest’s “Death Valley Days” and Gene Avery’s “Death by Deer Rifle.” This will be her third appearance at Stories on Stage Davis, and she has also read for Stories on Stage Sacramento.

Patricia GlassPatricia Glass will read “The Last Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show” by Melinda Moustakis. Glass has been involved in dramas, comedies, musicals, voice-overs, staged readings, and storytelling for more than thirty years; locally for the past seventeen. Her most recent credit is playing Dorothy Brock in 42ndStreet at the Woodland Opera House. Glass earned a BA in theatre from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and has worked for UC Davis for the past seventeen years.

Featured Authors & Actors 6/9/18

Join us on the Pence Gallery patio for our last event of the season.

Lynn FreedLynn Freed’s books include seven novels, a collection of stories and two collections of essays. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Harper’s,The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly, among numerous others. She is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two O. Henry Awards, and has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Having grown up in South Africa, she came to the U.S. as a graduate student at Columbia University, where she received an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature. She is Professor Emerita of English at the University of California, Davis, and lives in Northern California.

 

Molly Giles

Molly Giles has published one novel, Iron Shoes, and four collections of short stories which have, respectively, won The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (Rough Translations), the California Commonwealth Silver Medal for Fiction (Creek Walk), the Split Oak Prize (Bothered) and The Spokane Prize for Short Fiction (All the Wrong Places). She has new and forthcoming work in Bellevue Literary JournalFoglifterJukedWest Marin ReviewWillow Springs, and Zyzzyva. She taught creative writing for many years at San Francisco State University and recently retired from teaching at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She lives in West Marin.

 

Martha Omiyo KightMartha Omiyo Kight will read “Sunshine” by Lynn Freed. Kight has been very active in the Sacramento area theater community for four decades as an actor, singer, director, props mistress, and costumer. Most recently, she appeared in Sacramento Theater Company’s world premiere of the musical drama The Donner Party and the encore of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). Her credits in area theaters include Violet Weston in August: Osage County, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, as well as leading roles in A New BrainNoises OffAngels in America, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Kight has been writing poetry and reading her own and others’ work since 2009. Her poetry has been published in three Sacramento Voices anthologies and featured at Poetry Live Sunday in Placerville. She was also featured reader for Evan Myquest’s “Death Valley Days” and Gene Avery’s “Death by Deer Rifle.” She read Lori Ostlund’s “Talking Fowl with My Father” for Stories on Stage Sacramento in 2010 and Peg Alford Pursell’s work for Stories on Stage Davis. She is glad to return to present this incredible piece by Lynn Freed.

 

Victoria GoldblattVictoria Goldblatt will read “Next Time” by Molly Giles. Goldblatt has been performing for over twenty years. She has done a variety of work, including films, commercials, community theater, storytelling, and voice-overs for TV and radio, along with her show, Cabernet Night with Victoria and Friends. She was the former Casting Director for Stories on Stage Sacramento and was a member of the Steering Committee for the Playwrights Collaborative in Sacramento for over seven years. She is happy to be back performing at Stories on Stage Davis once again!

Featured Authors & Actors 6/10/17

Peg Alford PursellPeg Alford Pursell is the author of Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow (ELJ Editions, March 2017), a collection of hybrid prose and micro-fictions with praise from Peter Orner, Joan Silber, Antonya Nelson, and others. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, and many other journals and anthologies. She is the founder and director of the national reading series Why There Are Words and of WTAW Press. Visit her at www.pegalfordpursell.com.

Shawna Yang RyanShawna Yang Ryan teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She is the author of Water Ghosts and Green Island, a novel set in martial law era Taiwan. Green Island was an Amazon Best Book of February 2016 and a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction. A graduate of the UC Davis creative writing master’s program, she is also the 2015 recipient of the Elliot Cades Emerging Writer award from the Hawai’i Literary Arts Council.



Martha Omiyo KightMartha Omiyo Kight will read an excerpt from Peg Alford Pursell’s collection, Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow. Kight has been very active in the Sacramento area theater community for four decades as an actor, singer, director, props mistress, and costumer. Most recently, she appeared in Sacramento Theater Company’s world premiere of the musical drama The Donner Party. Her credits in area theaters include Violet Weston in August: Osage County, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, as well as leading roles in A New Brain, Noises Off, Angels in America, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Kight has been writing poetry and reading her own and others’ work since 2009. Her poetry has been published in three Sacramento Voices anthologies and featured at Poetry Live Sunday in Placerville. She was also a featured reader for Evan Myquest’s “Death Valley Days” and Gene Avery’s “Death by Deer Rifle.” She read Lori Ostlund’s “Talking Fowl with My Father” for Stories on Stage Sacramento in 2010 and is delighted to be reading Peg Alford Pursell’s work with Stories on Stage Davis.

Vicki VictoriaVicki Victoria will read an excerpt from Shawna Yang Ryan’s novel Green Island. Victoria’s first great adventure was living in Taiwan for a year, teaching English conversation to finance her backpack travels through Asia. She is an actor and singer who enjoys performing in Bay Area regional and community theaters. She has acted in roles such as Cornwall in King Lear, Sycorax in The Tempest, and in Penthelsilea with Inferno Theatre/Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. Her musical roles include Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (Missouri St. Theatre, Tri Valley Repertory Theatre), Bloody Mary in South Pacific (Pittsburg Community Theatre), Stepmother in Into the Woods (PCT), and Les Misérables (MST). She was also featured in the comedy web series The Smiths and is currently filming Sloppy Seconds. This July she will spend her fourth summer in the John Hinkel Amphitheatre with Actors Ensemble of Berkeley’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.