Featured Authors & Actors 1/11/20

D. Wystan-OwenWystan Owen is the author of Other People’s Love Affairs: Stories (Algonquin Books), named a Best Book of 2018 by Amazon and The Washington Independent Review of Books. His fiction and essays have appeared in A Public Space, The Threepenny Review, LitHub, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. A graduate of both the UC Davis grad program in creative writing and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Owen co-founded and publishes The Bare Life Review.


Zachary Scovel will read “The Patron,” by David Wystan Owen. Scovel recently received his M.A. in French and Francophone Studies at UC Davis and is currently in pursuit of his PhD in the same field. He is a former company member at Big Idea Theatre in Sacramento, where he held the title of Master Carpenter, as well as Assistant Director for the productions of Trevorand A Bright New Boise. Some of his acting credits with the company include Zack in Belleville, Clown 1 in The 39 Steps, Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra and Dr. Henry Jekyll in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Some of his favorite previous roles also include Juliet in the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival’s all-male cast of Romeo & Juliet, Victor-Emmanuel and Poche for American River College’s A Flea in Her Ear, and Jonathan Harker for Solano Community College’s Dracula. Zachary was also most recently seen on the rooftop in Episode 5 of Boxed Up, the original live episodic musical in Sacramento’s Warehouse Artist Lofts, as well as Aramis in Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s The Three Musketeers. While Zachary has taken a break to concentrate on academics for the past couple of years, he is anticipating auditioning again soon to finally get back on the stage later this year.


Angela PneumanAngela Pneuman is the author of a collection of short stories, Home Remedies, and the novel Lay It on My Heart, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and many other literary magazines. She has written nonfiction for The Believer, Salon, and The Rumpus. Since 1999 she has taught creative writing at Stanford, where she was a Stegner Fellow, and for Stanford Continuing Studies. She also serves as the Executive Director for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, now in its 40th year. Angela is currently at work on a new novel based on a real-life crime.


cyprus-van-inwegenCyprus Van Inwegen will read “All Saints Day,” by Angela Pneuman. Van Inwegen is a Davis-based actress, musician, and artist. You may have seen her recently as Eve in Over There Outside (Ground + Field Theatre Festival), in the sketch comedy Monsters Anonymous(Bike City Theatre Co.), or in the reading of Summer Shorts II: A Collection of Short Plays by Nicholas Walker Herbert (Bike City Theatre Co.). Cyprus is a Company Member of Bike City Theatre Co. and past Apprentice of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Past credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet(Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Apprentice Showcase), and co-authoring two plays (Stay,The Unbearable Confessions of the Ski Lodge Survivors) through Boise Contemporary Theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Davis, California, with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Professional Writing.



Featured Authors & Actors 2/11/17

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.