Carmen Lau graduated from the UC Davis Creative Writing MA program in 2009. Since then, she has lived in Shanghai, Berkeley, and Hong Kong. She currently lives in Atascadero, where she is training to become a psychiatric technician. Her stories have appeared in a number of literary journals, in print and online, including Fairy Tale Review, The Collagist, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Gigantic. The Girl Wakes, her first book, was the winner of Alternating Current’s 2015 Electric Book Award.
Atim Udoffia will read “Boyfriend” by Carmen Lau. Udoffia spent over a decade performing in theater and short films in Los Angeles before relocating to the Sacramento area. She most recently played the role of Jory in Disgraced at Capital Stage, where she has also appeared as Lena/Francine in Clybourne Park. Additional Sacramento credits include Harriet Tubman in The Conductor at B Street Theatre and Nola in After Hours with EMH Productions. Favorite roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the title character in Hamlet, both at Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. Udoffia also works in videos, commercials, webisodes, and print. She is a graduate of Stanford University.
Genanne Walsh is the author of Twister, awarded the Big Moose Prize for the Novel from Black Lawrence Press and published in December 2015. Twister was also a finalist for the Brighthorse Prize, and a chapter from the novel was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Excerpts appeared in earlier form in Puerto del Sol, Blackbird, and Red Earth Review. Her other work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Swink, BLOOM, and elsewhere. She has been awarded two residencies from the Ragdale Foundation and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. A San Francisco resident for almost twenty-five years, Walsh lives in the heart of the city with her wife and dogs. In her day job, she works as a nonprofit grant writer and freelance editor. Visit her online at genannewalsh.com, @genannewalsh, and facebook.com/GenanneWalshAuthor.
Deni Scofield will read “Nina Brown” by Genanne Walsh. Scofield has been teaching theater in the Sacramento area for the past twenty-four years and serves as Theatre Coordinator for the San Juan Unified School District. She is an active presenter at workshops, teaching others how to incorporate theater into core curriculum. Prose and poetry pushed her into the halls of CSUS, where she graduated with a BA in English in 1991. In 1998, her love of words led her back to CSUS, where she earned her MA in creative writing. Scofield’s first play, Clippings, was published by Samuel French in 1997, and that publication was followed by two more, All The King’s Horses and Othello Undone. When not teaching and directing high school theater, she enjoys the opportunity to tread the boards herself, having performed at several of the wonderful theaters in Sacramento and in a commercial or two. Scofield has read for Stories on Stage Sacramento, and she is very happy to read in Davis and share “Nina Brown”!