anara-guardAnara Guard is a fiction writer and poet who has lived in the Midwest, New England, and Sacramento.  She graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in English, and has attended Breadloaf Writers Conference and the Community of Writers. Her debut novel, Like a Complete Unknown, won Honorable Mention by the Chicago Writers Association for their 2022 Book of the Year in indie fiction.  Her writing has been published in The EarGold Man ReviewVoices 2020Under the Gum Tree, the anthology Twenty Twenty: 43 Stories From a Year Like No Other and New York Times’ Tiny Love Stories. She and her sister perform their poetry as “Sibling Revelry.”


kellie-rainesKellie Raines will read the excerpts from Anara Guard’s book, Like A Complete Unknown. Kellie is a local actor, director, writer, and visual artist. She has performed with and directed for local theatre companies, including KOLT Run Creations, Green Valley Theatre, Big Idea Theatre, Theater Galatea, and Resurrection Theatre. She has shown her visual art at Archival Gallery and in the PBS KVIE Art Auction and The Crocker Art Museum’s Big Names, Small Art Auction. She has a bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Art and a minor in English from UC Davis. You can see Kellie on-air from time to time for PBS KVIE. Elle essaie aussi d’apprendre le français. Bonne soirée! kellierainesart.com


kiik-araki-kawaguchiKiik Araki-Kawaguchi is the author of The Book of Kane and Margaret (FC2 / UAP). While a graduate student in Davis, he worked as a popcorn popper at Regal Cinemas, a traveling tutor, an after-school teacher, a social media assistant for the Art of Regional Change, a grader for Asian American Studies, a TA for Religious Studies, and an English 5P instructor. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Western Washington University in Bellingham.


Sara Matsui-Colby will read the excerpts from Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi’s book, The Book of Kane and Margaret. Sara is a bilingual, mixed Japanese American actor, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. She is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Sara is delighted to share her love of storytelling and to be a part of Stories on Stage. She has performed in theatres all over the Greater Bay Area, most recently in Davis as part of the play development workshop, The Mochi Project, and has also appeared in several local films. Her voice-over credits include dubbing for shows on Disney+ and Netflix. Sara has worked with many authors and publishers including Graphic Audio and Penguin Random House. Her two most recent audiobooks include The Witches of Brooklyn Book 1 and Momo Arashima Breaks the Mirror of the Sun. To learn more about Sara, follow her on Instagram @saramatsuicolby to see all her performances and updates as well as her website www.saramatsuicolby.com.