Save the Date for Matthew Zapruder and Why Poetry, Thursday October 11th!

Much-lauded poet Matthew Zapruder’s Why Poetry is now out in paperback, and this is good news both for poetry diehards and the poetry befuddled. (No shame in being the latter!)

For poetry diehards: “Why Poetry is part-inspiration, part-guidebook, and part literary memoir. . . . Zapruder’s spiritual undercurrent raises Why Poetry into something rare: the cogent and lively argument that poetry truly matters, fueled by passion rather than pretense.” (The Millions)

And for the poetry befuddled: “Poetry frustrates people . . . Every now and then one of the poets, in turn, steps up helpfully to explain how to read the stuff. In his friendly new book, Why Poetry, poet, editor and teacher Matthew Zapruder does this very thing with unusual clarity and generosity.” (Newsday)

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Matthew Zapruder.

Yuba Lit is thrilled that Zapruder will share Why Poetry at a special Yuba Lit on Thursday, October 11th, at 7 p.m. at the Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. The evening will open with five Nevada County poets offering one poem and one sentence on why, to them, poetry matters. Then Matthew Zapruder will read, followed by live Q and A with Yuba Lit founder, novelist and memoirist Rachel Howard.

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Yuba Lit founder Rachel Howard holding Why Poetry. Photo by Andrea Roach.

Wine and a small bites menu will be available from the Stone House. Admission at the door is $10, which supports Yuba Lit’s production costs, and is tax deductible, as Yuba Lit is fiscally sponsored by Nevada County Arts, a 501c3 not-for-profit.

Your RSVP is greatly appreciated, as it helps Yuba Lit with event planning! RSVP to save your seat by emailing yubalit@gmail.com with your name and number of guests.

We hope to see you Thursday, October 11th at the Stone House for Why Poetry!

Yuba Lit July 26th! An Update to Our Lineup

Dear literature-loving friends,
We’re grateful to the Union for running news of next Thursday’s Yuba Lit today. And, we have an update to the lineup. Unfortunately, David Rutschman needed to cancel. Very, very fortunately, poet Gene Berson will be reading instead. Yuba Lit regulars know Gene’s poems and love them well. He first shared a virtuosic poem at Yuba Lit via our opening audience flash-readings, blew us all away, then returned as a featured reader and later one of the Yuba Lit “Poets Among Us.” His collection, raveling travel, was recently published by Open Book Press. We are delighted that Gene will read and sign his collection next Thursday at 7 p.m. alongside Travis Davis, Liz Collins, and–visiting from San Francisco–Shauna Hannibal, of whose new collection the SF Chronicle says, “I couldn’t put the book down and felt by the end like I’d made a sexy new friend who could see, unsettlingly, into my private obsessions.”.
We have wonderful ambiance for this reading: historic Reiki Kitchen, in Nevada City’s old Chinatown directly across from Sopa Thai–and we’ll have use of their lovely patio for an intermission of wine and mingling. Please RSVP by replying to this email with your name and number of guests–the RSVPs greatly help our planning! Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for this 7 p.m. reading at Reiki Kitchen, 313 Commercial St., Nevada City. $10 at the door covers Yuba Lit’s production costs. We’re grateful to Nevada County Arts for their fiscal sponsorship, which means that your charitable donation is tax-deductible! And if you’d like to volunteer or donate, we’d love to hear from you.
Read on for more about July 26th’s lineup. Please reply to RSVP if you can make it! Bring a poem or page of your own if you’d like a chance to be part of the opening audience flash readings. Hope to see you at the Reiki Kitchen.
Yours in the love of literature,
Rachel
Yuba Lit Founder

Gene Berson grew up in the Bay Area and currently lives in the Northern California foothills. He has a BA and MA in English literature from SF State. Recent work can be read at Canarylitmag.org and Sisyphuslitmag.org. His book raveling travel was recently published by Open Book Press. Says poet Charles Entrekin of raveling travel: “These are poems and prose from a San Francisco poet, with echoes and rhythms of Whitman, Kerouac and Ginsberg.Berson engages the reader on a journey. And what we find is the real solace we can take from beauty.”


Shauna Hannibal is the author of Hannibal (Forklift Books, 2017), her debut collection of poetry with praise from Laura Kasischke and Dean Young. Her work has appeared in jubilat, Big Bell, Forklift, and Ohio. Says the San Francisco Chronicle of Hannibal’s new collection: “I couldn’t put the book down and felt by the end like I’d made a sexy new friend who could see, unsettlingly, into my private obsessions.”

A fine artist working in pastel and mixed media, Liz Collins is a 20-year member of the Nevada County Writer’s Block, a writing group, and is finishing a novel and a poetry collection. She has lived in Nevada City for 25 years.

Travis Davis has a chapbook, Hands Grabbing for the Light that Moves Through Them, published by SP CE poetry studio in Lincoln, NE (now known as The Aliens art studio). His poem “First September in Tuolumne” will soon be published by Canary Lit. He moved from Wyoming to Nevada City last fall.

Plus: the return of the audience flash readings! Bring a poem of your own for a chance to read!

And! No-host bar, intermission for mingling and community on the lovely Reiki Kitchen patio.

Save the Date for July 26th!

 

Yuba Lit Presents:

Two From SF, Two From NC: An Intimate Summer Reading

Thursday, July 26th

7 p.m.

At an exciting new Yuba Lit venue: the beautiful, historic Reiki Kitchen

313 Commercial St., Nevada City

$10 at the door; RSVP to save your seat by writing to yubalit@gmail.com

 

Featuring San Francisco’s Shauna Hannibal and David Rutschman:

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Shauna Hannibal is the author of Hannibal (Forklift Books, 2017), her debut collection of poetry with praise from Laura Kasischke and Dean Young. Her work has appeared in jubilatBig BellForklift, and Ohio. Says the San Francisco Chronicle of Hannibal’s new collection: “I couldn’t put the book down and felt by the end like I’d made a sexy new friend who could see, unsettlingly, into my private obsessions.”

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David Rutschman is the author of the story collection Into Terrible Light (Forklift Books, 2017.) His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review; Forklift, Ohio; Kenyon Review Online; The Massachusetts Review; The Sun; Waxwing; Witness, and many other journals. He is a Soto Zen priest and hospice grief counselor.

Reading with Nevada County’s Liz Collins and Travis Davis:

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A fine artist working in pastel and mixed media, Liz Collins is a 20-year member of the Nevada County Writer’s Block, a writing group, and is finishing a novel and a poetry collection. She has lived in Nevada City for 25 years.

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Travis Davis has a chapbook, Hands Grabbing for the Light that Moves Through Them, published by SP CE poetry studio in Lincoln, NE (now known as The Aliens art studio). His poem “First September in Tuolumne” will soon be published by Canary Lit. He moved from Nebraska to Nevada City last fall.

Plus: the return of the audience flash readings! Bring a poem of your own for a chance to read!

And! No-host bar, intermission for mingling and community on the lovely Reiki Kitchen patio.

Six Leading U.S. Poets to Read at Miners Foundry June 22nd

Thank you dearly to everyone who came out May 31st for She Persisted. What a night of inspiration! I’m so grateful to the artists who shared their personal stories.

I want to alert you to an opportunity I just became aware of regarding the incredible Community of Writers benefit poetry reading with such nationally treasured poets as Robert Haas, Sharon Olds, and Evie Shockley on June 22nd. Yuba Lit members can receive a 10 percent discount on their tickets by using the code YubaLit18 when they check out.

Here’s a link to full information on the poetry reading, and tickets:
https://communityofwriters.org/publicevents/

Read on below for full details on the extraordinary readers.

Last year’s all-star poetry benefit filled the Miners Foundry, so you’ll definitely want to get your tickets in advance.

Thank you again, so very much, for being part of the Yuba Lit community!

Rachel
Yuba Lit Founder

Six Leading U.S. Poets, Including a “Genius” Award Recipient and Former U.S. Poet Laureate, to Read at Miners Foundry June 22nd

Rare opportunity to hear prize-winning poets benefits scholarships

     Six of the nation’s leading poets, including a former U.S. Poet Laureate and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, two Pulitzer Prize winners and one current Pulitzer finalist, will read at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City on Friday, June 22nd. The second annual event—last year’s iteration drew an ecstatic full house to the Foundry—again offers a lineup of excellence rarely seen outside the top writing conferences and literary festivals, from a diverse range of powerful voices.

Acclaimed poets Kazim Ali, Monica de la Torre, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, Evie Shockley and Dean Young are all participating in the reading as a stop-off on their way to the annual Community of Writers workshops in Squaw Valley, and donating their Nevada City appearances to raise funds for Community of Writers scholarships. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and will be emceed by Nevada County poet laureate Molly Fisk. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, with discounts available to groups of ten or more. Given the large turnout last year, advance tickets are highly recommended, available at http://www.communityofwriters.org/public-events. A signing and reception with the poets will follow.

The six poets appearing are both esteemed and diverse.

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Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom to Muslim parents of Indian, Iranian, and Egyptian descent. His books include Sky Ward, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day; and the cross-genre text Bright Felon. He has also written novels, including The Secret Room: A String Quartet and among his books of essays is Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. His new book of poems, Inquisition, and a new hybrid memoir, Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies, will both be released in 2018.

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     Mónica de la Torre is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Happy End/All Welcome. Born and raised in Mexico City, she translates poetry, writes about art, and is a contributing editor to BOMB Magazine. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Poetry, The White Review, Erizo, and the New Yorker. She teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.

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Robert Hass won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his collection Time and Materials. His other books include What Light Can Do: Essays 1985-2010, The Apple Trees at Olema, Sun Under Wood: New Poems, Human Wishes, Praise, and Field Guide. He has also co-translated many volumes of the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz and is the author or editor of several other collections of essays and translations, including The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa; Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry; and Now & Then: The Poet’s Choice Columns 1996-2000. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, he is a professor of English at UC Berkeley and directs the Poetry Program of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

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Sharon Olds is the author of eleven books of poetry. The Dead and the Living received the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and One Secret Thing was a finalist for the Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. She teaches at New York University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, where she has been involved with New York University’s outreach workshops, including the Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop, which serves veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Her collection of poetry, Stag’s Leap, won the 2012 T.S.Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. In 2015 she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016 The Academy of American Poets awarded her the Wallace Stevens Award. Her most recent collection is Odes.

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Evie Shockley is the author of several collections of poems including semiautomatic, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, and the new black (2011), which won the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry. She has also published a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Her poetry and essays appear widely in journals and anthologies. Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. Currently serving as creative editor for Feminist Studies, Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

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Dean Young‘s numerous collections of poetry include Strike Anywhere, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry; Skid, finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Elegy on Toy Piano, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Primitive Mentor, shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize. He has also written a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction. His poems have appeared frequently in The Best American Poetry. He holds the Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, Austin. His most recent book is Shock by Shock.

Funds raised by this special evening will help emerging and developing poets study with mentors of these readers’ caliber. For 47 summers, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets and prose writers for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. As the organizers write, “Our aim is to assist writers in the refinement of their craft and thus, in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support, move them closer to achieving their goals.” The Community of Writers was co-founded in 1969 by prolific novelist and longtime Nevada City resident Oakley Hall.

Tickets to this benefit poetry reading are available online at https://communityofwriters.org/public-events or by phone: 530-470-8440. Tickets are $25 advance/$30 at the door for general admission and $12 advance/$15 at the door for students (with current student ID). Premium seating for the first 2 rows is $45. The group price for 10 or more tickets purchased at the same time is $20 per ticket. The Miners Foundry is located at 325 Spring St., Nevada City.

Yuba Lit Celebrates Bold Women Artists, Featuring Author Bridget Quinn and Five Local Artists May 31st

Yuba Lit, the popular reading series celebrating great live literature, will spotlight visual artists past and present for its May presentation, “She Persisted: Bold Women Artists.” Visiting from San Francisco, author Bridget Quinn will read from Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and History (in That Order). Quinn’s book, which NPR hails as “spunky, attitudinal, smart writing,” has entered more than five printings and is sold in museums around the world. Joining Quinn, local artists Deborah Bridges, Lee Ann Brook, Ruth Chase, Amanda Paoletti, and Jerianne Van Dijk will share their personal stories of how they have persisted in making their art. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st, at the Stone House in Nevada City. The reading will be emceed by Yuba Lit founder Rachel Howard.

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Oprah Magazine wrote of Broad Strokes, “Your Art History 101 syllabus just got a lot more fun.” The Christian Science Monitor says of the book: “As its title suggests, Broad Strokes isn’t stuffy. There’s plenty of scholarship here about women artists over the centuries, but Quinn combines her research with a lively, breezy tone that turns her subjects into more than feminist symbols. They’re masters in their own right, bold and brilliant despite the limits they faced – getting trained, finding buyers and being taken seriously.” The book includes full-color art reproductions, and portraits of each woman artist by acclaimed illustrator Lisa Congdon.

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Author Bridget Quinn

The artists sharing their stories alongside Quinn represent a range of media, aesthetics, and experiences.

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Artist Deborah Bridges.

     Grass Valley resident Deborah Bridges trained in monumental scale bronze sculpture, established a career in classical bronze figuration, then developed a line of garden sculpture carried in galleries across the U.S. In her current work creating ceramic figurative sculpture, Deborah runs a studio that includes three apprentices. Her work has won awards from the Off-Center International Ceramic Competition, the Utah Arts Festival, and La Quinta Arts, and she is represented by the Alexander Gallery in Nevada City, as well as Basic Space Gallery in Portland, OR.

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Artist Lee Ann Brook

Lee Ann Brook graduated from Paier College of Art near New Haven, Connecticut in 1973 with a double major in fine art and graphic design, studying under the influences of trompe l’oeil painting master Ken Davies. At age 23, she was accepted into the prestigious Connecticut Society of Women Painters. She is a five-time award winner in the California State Fair and a four-time winner in the nationally recognized Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s juried art competition, including Best Of 2D in 2018. Her gallery, Lee Ann Brook Fine Art, is located in downtown Nevada City.

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Artist Ruth Chase.

Raised in Venice, California, Ruth Chase started out as an oil painter and has evolved into an artist who creates multi-media installations that include paintings, audio, social media, slideshows, video, and social engagement. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, she is an Artist in Residence at Nevada County Arts through a grant from the California Arts Council funding the BELONGING project, which asks community members how they belong to Nevada County.

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Artist Amanda Paoletti.

Founder of ASiF—the Artists’ Studio in the Foothills—Amanda Paoletti is a ceramic sculptor who attended the Portland School of Art in Maine. She continued her arts education at the California College of Arts and Crafts, studying with prominent Bay Area ceramicists Art Nelson, Dennis Gallagher, Arthur Gonzales, and Viola Frey.

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Artist Jerianne Van Dijk.

Jerianne Van Dijk works mostly in watercolor with some gouache, ink and crayon, in an impressionistic style. A resident of the Northern California foothills for the past 30 years, she finds inspiration in the small town community and natural beauty of our area. Besides creating art, she’s a music broadcaster for community radio KVMR.

Doors for “She Persisted: Bold Women Artists” will open at 7 p.m., with the Stone House offering a light-bites menu and no-host bar. The Stone House is located at 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. A $10 donation payable by cash or check at the door supports Yuba Lit’s production costs. Patrons are encouraged to reserve a seat by writing to yubalit@gmail.com with their name and number of guests.

Yuba Lit is a fiscally sponsored project of the Nevada County Arts Council, a not-for-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information, visit http://www.yubalit.org. The series also has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/yubalit.

 

Save the Date for Bold Women Artists: Thursday, May 31st

We hope you can join us for:

Yuba Lit Presents

She Persisted: Bold Women Artists

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Featuring Bridget Quinn, author of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)

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“Your Art History 101 syllabus just got a lot more fun.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

Pithy profiles of famous and not-famous women artists. Spunky, attitudinal, smart writing . . .” –NPR 

Reading with Bridget Quinn:

Nevada County Artists

Deborah Bridges

LeeAnn Brook

Ruth Chase

Amanda Paoletti

Jerianne Van Dijk

Sharing stories of how they persisted making art.

Thursday, May 31st

7:30 p.m.

The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City

$10 at the door

No-host bar and small bites menu

RSVP to save your seat by writing yubalit@gmail.com

http://www.yubalit.org

Yuba Lit with Krys Lee: Photos

What a special opportunity to host novelist Krys Lee in Nevada City. Thank you to the full-capacity audience that came out! We’re so grateful to photographer Andrea Roach for these shots. If you weren’t able to join us for Krys Lee, these photos are also a great preview of our elegant and cozy new venue, the Stone House, where you can enjoy a no-host bar and small-bites menu as you listen to our readers. Don’t forget to join us March 15th, 8 p.m., at the Stone House in Nevada City for the launch of Sands Hall’s memoir, Flunk.Start: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology.

Thank you again for your photography, Andrea Roach!

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The Art of Memoir with Sands Hall, March 15th, 8 p.m., at the Stone House

Thank you to all who came out for Krys Lee’s reading! We were so thrilled to introduce Krys to our area and the Yuba Lit community, and heartened by the appreciative audience feedback. We will soon post photos. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for:

Yuba Lit Presents: The Art of Memoir

With Sands Hall

Celebrating the release of her acclaimed new memoir

Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

Plus five audience flash-readers chosen by raffle

Thursday, March 15th

Special time: 8 p.m.

The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City

$10 at the door

No-host bar

RSVP to save your seat by emailing yubalit@gmail.com

An early candidate for memoir of the year, this is a thrilling story of one woman’s search for truth and her place in the world.

–Library Journal

In Flunk. Start., Sands Hall chronicles her slow yet willing absorption into the Church of Scientology. Her time in the Church, the 1980s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion―what she found intriguing and useful―and how she came to confront its darker sides.

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SANDS HALL is the author of the novel Catching Heaven, a WILLA Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction, and a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; and of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. She teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and is an associate teaching professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.