Question. We all do it. We all should. Come find out what questions our readers explore in their works — and maybe get some answers, too. July 11. Doors open at 7 pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10. You’ll want extra cash for books and booze. We’re at Studio 333 in Sausalito, as always.
Kate Asche, M.A., writes poetry, essays, and–recently–even a little fiction. A graduate of the UC Davis Creative Writing Program, she was a finalist for the 2011 Audio Contest at The Missouri Review and has poetry published in RHINO, Confrontation, Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets (2012 Anthology) and elsewhere, with poems forthcoming in Bellingham Review and Quiddity. Her creative nonfiction appears in Under the Gum Tree. A trained facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, she was associate director of Arts, Humanities and Writing at UC Davis Extension, where she coordinated The Tomales Bay Workshops under the direction of Pam Houston. She teaches creative writing workshops in Sacramento and serves as associate editor of Tule Review (a publication of Sacramento Poetry Center). You can get the scoop on area writing events at her website. (Click on her name above.)
Christian Kiefer earned his PhD in American literature from the University of California, Davis, and is on the English faculty of American River College in Sacramento. He is an active poet, songwriter, and recording artist, and lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California with his wife and six sons. The Infinite Tides is his first published novel.
JC (Jeanne) Miller’s recent novel is Vacation (Last Light Studio Press April, 2013). She attended Tin House Writer’s Workshop, and she has been a Master Class resident at Hedgebrook Institute. Jeanne is avid reader, aspiring traveler, and table tennis enthusiast.
Tim J. Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, and senior lecturer at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. His children’s books have won recognition from the New York Times, NPR, the Smithsonian, Nickelodeon, and others. He’s published over 120 poems, won a first prize in a poetry contest judged by John Updike, has two books of adult poetry out, won a major prize in science fiction, has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and has published much other fiction and non-fiction for children, adolescents, and adults. His Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood won the inaugural Ben Franklin Digital Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association and made #5 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in Fatherhood.” He won the West Coast Songwriters Saratoga Chapter Song of the Year award, and he won the 2012 Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators Magazine Merit Award for Fiction. And he can whistle and hum at the same time.
Nina Schuyler’s latest novel is The Translator, just published (Pegasus Books 2013). Hee first novel, The Painting, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award, and named a “Best Book of the Year” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and dubbed a “fearless debut” by MSNBC – and translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Serbian. She was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize and teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco. Her poems, short stories, and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Santa Clara Review, Fugue, The Meadowland Review, The Battered Suitcase, and other literary journals. She reviews fiction for The Rumpus and The Children’s Book Review, and is the fiction editor at Able Muse. She earned a law degree at Hastings College of the Law and an MFA in fiction with an emphasis on poetry at San Francisco State University. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco.
Sue Staats is a Sacramento writer whose fiction and poetry have appeared in Farallon Review, r.kv.r.y, Alimentum, a Journal of Food, and others. Her poem “Late Peaches” was selected as the title poem of the 2012 Sacramento Poetry Anthology. She’s a graduate of Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program, and her stories have been twice featured at Sacramento’s reading series, “Stories on Stage.” A recent finalist for the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction and the Nisqually Prize in Fiction, she’s currently working on a collection of linked short stories, and like most of us has a novel or two lurking in the wings.
Kathleen Winter’s book Nostalgia for the Criminal Past (Elixir Press, 2012) won the Antivenom Prize and the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters Bob Bush Award for best first book of poems. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, The New Republic, AGNI, Field, VOLT, Parthenon West Review, and Barrow Street. Her work is forthcoming in New American Writing, Alaska Quarterly Review, Spillway, Stand (U.K.), and The Cincinnati Review. She lives in Sonoma County and teaches at University of San Francisco and Napa Valley College.
Why There Are Words celebrated its third year in January 2013, takes place every second Thursday of the month, and is the brainchild of curator Peg Alford Pursell.