September 15th Yuba Lit Features Memoirist Frances Stroh, Poet Eugene Berson, and Fiction Writer Elizabeth Soderstrom

When Frances Stroh was growing up in Detroit, her family’s Stroh Brewing Company had amassed the largest private beer fortune in America, worth $700 million. But the fortune dissolved in a decade, torn apart by divorce and drugs. Stroh will read from her acclaimed memoir about the family’s decline, Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss, at the next Yuba Lit reading on Thursday, September 15th. The program starts at 7 p.m. at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley.

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BEER MONEY: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss is at once a recollection of a city, an industry, and a dynasty in decline, and the story of a young artist who struggles to find her way out of the ruins. Publisher’s Weekly writes, “Stroh’s compelling memoir vividly portrays the aching permanence of loss and the palpability of hope that accompanies starting over.” Reading with Stroh will be Sierra foothills poet Eugene Berson and Nevada City fiction writer Elizabeth Soderstrom.

In addition to Yuba Lit’s three featured readers, audience members are invited to bring a page or a poem for our opening flash readings. Any audience member who brings a poem or a page will be given a raffle ticket; five readers will be drawn from the raffle, and given the mike for three minutes each to read their work. The opening flash readings are always a lively highlight of Yuba Lit.

Yuba Lit starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 15th at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. The $5-$10 sliding scale cover (no one turned away for lack of funds), is split 50/50 between benefiting the Bear Yuba Land Trust, and supporting basic operating costs of Yuba Lit. Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will offer coffee, tea, and fresh food for sale.

More on Yuba Lit’s September Readers:

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San Francisco-based writer Frances Stroh was born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her M.A. from Chelsea College of Art in London as a Fulbright Scholar. She practiced as an installation artist, exhibiting in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London before turning to writing. Frances is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her work across all media explores issues of identity, point of view, and the mythologies that define us.

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Sierra foothills resident Eugene Berson is working on a collection titled Yuba Grooves. Long active in the Bay Area poetry scene, Berson has published in American Poetry Review, Bastard Angel, Beatitude, Vanishing Cab, Abalone Moon and Referential Magazine and the anthology Honeydew. He has taught poetry workshops in everything from one-room Wyoming schoolhouses to reform schools, Indian reservations, and as a high school teacher in Oakland. He also worked in the trade show industry as a member of Sign Display Union, local 510.

Elizabeth Soderstrom

Nevada City environmentalist Elizabeth Soderstrom is working on her first novel, Malachite Drift, which takes place in northern Botswana in the Okavango Delta, where Soderstrom worked for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development. Soderstrom is a graduate in Creative Writing from Stanford University where she was also the fiction editor of Sequoia, Stanford’s literary magazine. She earned her PhD in Wildlands Research Science from UC Berkeley. Having spent the last 15 years working for environmental organizations, including the Natural Heritage Institute and American Rivers, Soderstrom is now a Program Manager at the Resources Legacy Fund, a foundation that addresses environmental issues.

About Yuba Lit

A community reading series celebrating great writing in the Sierra foothills, Yuba Lit launched September 2015 with a program featuring novelists Joshua Mohr and Christian Kiefer, and poet Molly Fisk. The second Yuba Lit drew more than 65 audience members to hear readings from novelists Janis Cooke Newman, Louis B. Jones, and Amy Rutten, and the third Yuba Lit drew an equally robust audience for poet Indigo Moor, novelist Josh Weil, and memoirist Cris Mulvey.

Fifty percent of Yuba Lit’s proceeds benefit the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Yuba Lit is produced and hosted by Nevada City memoirist and fiction writer Rachel Howard and co-produced by poet Angela Sells.  If you’d like to volunteer or join our mailing list, please email Rachel at rachel (dot) howard (at) gmail (dot) com.  You can learn more about Rachel at www.rachelhoward.com.

Keep in touch with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yubalit.

Thanks to our home venue, The Open Book, and to Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters. Visit www.bylt.org to learn more about the trail building and conservation efforts of the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Please join us to celebrate great writing in the Sierras at Yuba Lit!

Next Yuba Lit September 15th: FRANCES STROH

Please save the date for our next Yuba Lit:

Thursday, September 15th, 7 p.m.: FRANCES STROH

When Frances Stroh was growing up in Detroit, her family’s Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America, worth $700 million. But the fortune dissolved in a decade, torn apart by divorce and drugs. Stroh’s memoir is elegantly written and mercilessly clear-eyed in its self-appraisal.

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“How does a family dynasty die? In her image-rich memoir, ‘Beer Money,’ Frances Stroh asks the question with heroic honesty, from the inside.”

—SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Stroh’s compelling memoir vividly portrays the aching permanence of loss and the palpability of hope that accompanies starting over.”

—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Frances will read with Nevada City emerging fiction writer Elizabeth Soderstrom, and a third reader to be announced soon.  The next Yuba Lit starts 7 p.m. Thursday, September 15th, at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley.

July 14th Yuba Lit Features Three Powerful Women: Novelists Ruth Galm and Mary Volmer, and Poet Alicia Vandevorst

 

Yuba Lit, the community reading series celebrating great live literature in the Sierras, is thrilled to announce a lineup of three bold women writers for its July program of fiction and poetry.

Ruth Galm will join us from San Francisco to read from her much-lauded debut novel, Into the Valley, about an anxious young woman on a counterfeit check-writing spree through California’s Central Valley circa 1967. Drawing many comparisons to early Joan Didion, Into the Valley earned starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, which described it as “precisely written and casually paced. A standout debut.”

Grass Valley native Mary Volmer will return from the Bay Area, where she teaches in the Saint Mary’s College MFA program, to read from her recently released second novel, Reliance, Illinois, praised as “evocative” and “uplifting” by Shelf Awareness. 

Nevada City poet Alicia Vandevorst will read new poetry. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Journal and Canary, A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis. She is also a playwright, and is at work on a series of children’s stories based on yogic philosophy.

In addition to Yuba Lit’s three featured readers, audience members are invited to bring a page or a poem for our opening flash readings. Any audience member who brings a poem or a page will be given a raffle ticket; five readers will be drawn from the raffle, and given the mike for three minutes each to read their work. The opening flash readings are always a lively highlight of Yuba Lit.

Yuba Lit starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14th at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. The $10 cover (no one turned away for lack of funds), is split 50/50 between benefiting the Bear Yuba Land Trust, and supporting basic operating costs of Yuba Lit. Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will offer wine and beer and fresh baked food for sale.

More on Yuba Lit’s July Readers:

 

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Ruth Galm’s writing has appeared in the Kenyon Review Online, Indiana Review, and on Joyland: A hub for short fiction. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and has been a resident of the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. She was born and raised in San Jose, California, spent time in New York City and Boston, and now lives in San Francisco. Into the Valley (Soho Press, August 2015) is her first novel.

Mary Volmer

Grass Valley native Mary Volmer lives in Moraga, where she teaches in the Saint Mary’s College MFA program. Her recently released second novel is Reliance, Illinois. Set in 1874, the novel follows thirteen-year-old Madelyn Branch, whose mother Rebecca makes her pose as a younger sister so that she can re-wed through an ad in the Matrimonial Times. Madelyn soon leaves to work for a suffragette and purveyor of black market birth control, meanwhile pinning her hopes on a haunted Civil War vet. The San Jose Mercury News noted the novel’s “unexpected twists,” while Shelf Awareness writes, “Reliance, Illinois, with its universal themes and evocative period detail, is uplifting.” Volmer’s previous novel, set in the Gold Rush, is Crown of Dust.

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Nevada City poet Alicia Vandevorst’s work has appeared in The American Poetry Journal and Canary, A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis. She has written poetry for over twenty years and studied with Patricia Donegan, Maxine Kumin, and Barbara Jordan, as well as with Arthur Sze at the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. A graduate in literature from Scripps College, she completed two performance pieces: a poem in four voices, written while researching ‘diaspora’ as a junior fellow of the Scripps Humanities Institute, and a set of four dance chants for Nucleus Expansion, a collaborative project with Professors Ronnie Brosterman and Nobuho Nagasawa. Other major projects include a libretto, a group of poems to accompany the photographs of Daniel Crozet, and a long poem, “The Sea Bell Canticle.” In 2015, she completed a play, Psyche, that combines poetry and theater, meditation and mask-work. Her other current project is a series of children’s stories, the Zesta Rompolis Stories, based on yogic philosophy.

A community reading series celebrating great writing in the Sierra foothills, Yuba Lit launched September 2015 with a program featuring novelists Joshua Mohr and Christian Kiefer, and poet Molly Fisk. The second Yuba Lit drew more than 65 audience members to hear readings from novelists Janis Cooke Newman, Louis B. Jones, and Amy Rutten, and the third Yuba Lit drew an equally robust audience for poet Indigo Moor, novelist Josh Weil, and memoirist Cris Mulvey.

Fifty percent of Yuba Lit’s proceeds benefit the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Yuba Lit is produced and hosted by Nevada City memoirist and fiction writer Rachel Howard.  If you’d like to volunteer or join our mailing list, please email Rachel at rachel (dot) howard (at) gmail (dot) com.  You can learn more about Rachel at www.rachelhoward.com.

Thanks to our home venue, The Open Book, and to Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters.  Visit www.bylt.org to learn more about the trail building and conservation efforts of the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

 

Please join us to celebrate great writing in the Sierras at Yuba Lit!

Save the Date for July and September Yuba Lits

Thanks to all who came out for a masterful reading by Ernest J. Finney at Yuba Lit 5.  Please note we have some incredible headliners booked for our next two Yuba Lit editions:

Thursday, July 14th, 7 p.m.: RUTH GALM

Bay Area author Ruth Galm’s spare, poetic debut novel, set in the American West of early Joan Didion, traces the drifting path of a young woman as she skirts the law and her own oppressive anxiety.

“Galm’s debut is precisely written and casually paced. A standout debut.”

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This is a natural for anyone who loves Joan Didion’s work—especially her nonfiction critiques on California and that other classic of aimless driving, Play It as It Lays.”

—Booklist, Starred Review

 

Thursday, September 15th, 7 p.m.: FRANCES STROH

When Frances Stroh was growing up in Detroit, her family’s Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America, worth $700 million. But the fortune dissolved in a decade, torn apart by divorce and drugs. Stroh’s memoir is elegantly written and mercilessly clear-eyed in its self-appraisal.

“How does a family dynasty die? In her image-rich memoir, ‘Beer Money,’ Frances Stroh asks the question with heroic honesty, from the inside.”

San Francisco Chronicle 

“Stroh’s compelling memoir vividly portrays the aching permanence of loss and the palpability of hope that accompanies starting over.”

Publishers Weekly

Readers to appear with Ruth Galm and Frances Stroh will be announced soon.

May 19th Yuba Lit Will Feature Sierra County Novelist Ernest Finney, Nevada City Poet Julie Valin, and Grass Valley Fiction Writer Jane Vancantfort

 

The fifth installment of the Yuba Lit community reading series on May 19th will feature fiction writer Ernest J. Finney, whose new novella Elevation: 6,040, winner of the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize for 2015, is set in Nevada and Sierra Counties circa 1981.

In the reading Finney will share, the main character, thirteen-year-old Roscoe McAdams, has lived with his parents, Sebastian and Moonstar, in an isolated cabin high on a ridge in California’s northern Sierra. When Moonstar becomes a substitute teacher in a small town and enrolls her kids in school there, everything Roscoe thinks he knows begins to fall apart.

Finney’s four previous novels include Winterchill and Words of My Roaring. His story collection Sequoia Gardens won the Northern California Book Award.

He’ll be joined by Nevada City poet Julie Valin, co-founder of Six Ft. Swells Press, and Grass Valley resident Jane Vancantfort, whose short stories have appeared in The Wi Files and My Morning Story.

In addition to our three featured readers, audience members are invited to bring a page or a poem for our opening flash readings. Any audience member who brings a poem or a page will be given a raffle ticket; five readers will be drawn from the raffle, and given the mike for three minutes each to read their work. The opening flash readings are always a lively highlight of Yuba Lit.

Yuba Lit starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19th at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. For this edition the cover will be $10 cover (no one turned away for lack of funds), with 50 percent benefiting the Bear Yuba Land Trust, and 50 percent supporting basic operating costs of Yuba Lit. Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will offer wine and beer and fresh baked food for sale.

Yuba Lit’s May Readers:

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Ernest J. Finney’s short fiction appears regularly in literary magazines, most recently in Sewanee Review, American Literary Review and Saranac Review, and has been included in a number of anthologies, among them O. Henry Prize Stories, Best of the West, and Best American Mystery Stories, 2011 and 2014. His books include four novels, Winterchill, Lady With the Alligator Purse, Words of My Roaring, and California Time, and three story collections: Birds Landing, Flights in the Heavenlies, and Sequoia
Gardens: California Stories, which received the Northern California Book Award for fiction in 2012. Finney lives and writes in Sierra County.

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Nevada City native Julie Valin’s poetry has appeared in Chiron Review, Red Fez, Heavy Bear, and Primal Urge. An editor, book designer, and poet-teacher with California Poets in the Schools, Valin is co-founder and publisher of the celebrated poetry press Six Ft. Swells. Her collection of poems is The Distance Between.

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 Grass Valley resident Jane Vancantfort earned an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. Her novel Went Away is available as an ebook. Her short stories have appeared in The Wi Files and My Morning Story, and she wrote a column for the Pacifica Tribune for three years.

A community reading series celebrating great writing in the Sierra foothills, Yuba Lit launched September 2015 with a program featuring novelists Joshua Mohr and Christian Kiefer, and poet Molly Fisk. The second Yuba Lit drew more than 65 audience members to hear readings from novelists Janis Cooke Newman, Louis B. Jones, and Amy Rutten, and the third Yuba Lit drew an equally robust audience for poet Indigo Moor, novelist Josh Weil, and memoirist Cris Mulvey.

Yuba Lit is produced and hosted by Nevada City memoirist and fiction writer Rachel Howard.  If you’d like to volunteer or join our mailing list, please email Rachel at rachel (dot) howard (at) gmail (dot) com.  You can learn more about Rachel at www.rachelhoward.com.

Thanks to our home venue, The Open Book, and to Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters.  Visit www.bylt.org to learn more about the trail building and conservation efforts of the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Please join us to celebrate great writing in the Sierras at Yuba Lit!

Next Yuba Lit, May 19th, to Feature Ernest J. Finney, Julie Valin, and Jane Voncomfort

**Please note: The lineup for the May 19th Yuba Lit has changed.  Due to book availability, one previously scheduled reader, Jordan Fisher Smith, will read at a future Yuba Lit**

We had another riveting Yuba Lit in March with a full-capacity crowd to hear fiction writers Ben Preston, Dimitri Keriotis, and–hot on the heels of much acclaim for her new novel, What Lies Between Us–Nayomi Munaweera.

The next Yuba Lit, on Thursday May 19th, will feature another stellar, diverse lineup.   Much-lauded Sierra County fiction writer Ernest J. Finney will read from his series of novels set during the Gold Rush.  Poet Julie Valin, a pillar of the Gold Country literary community, will read new work.  Emerging writer Jane Vancomfort will read a short story.

We’ll be adding their bios and more details to the Yuba Lit site soon.  Hope you can join us on Thursday, May 19th, at The Open Book in Grass Valley.  As always, the $5 admission will benefit the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

March Yuba Lit to Feature Sri Lankan Novelist Nayomi Munaweera, with Dimitri Keriotis and Ben Preston

The fourth installment of the Yuba Lit community reading series on March 17th will feature acclaimed novelist Nayomi Munaweera, whose just released second-novel, What Lies Between Us, has already been named one of the most anticipated books of 2016 by publications like BuzzFeed and Elle Magazine. Born in Sri Lanka but now living in Oakland, Munaweera will be joined by Grass Valley’s very own Dimitri Keriotis, author of the short story collection The Quiet Time, and Nevada City writer and musician Ben Preston, who has recently finished a novel, All the World Drowning.

In addition to our three featured readers, audience members are encouraged to bring a page or a poem for our opening flash readings. Any audience member who brings a poem or a page will be given a raffle ticket; five readers will be drawn from the raffle, and given the mike for three minutes each to read their work.

Yuba Lit starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 17th at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. The $5 cover, payable in cash at the door, benefits the Bear Yuba Land Trust. Locally produced wine from Szabo and Sierra Starr wineries will be served.

Yuba Lit’s March Readers:

Nayomi Munaweera

NAYOMI MUNAWEERA was born in Sri Lanka, and grew up in Nigeria. She emigrated with her family to the United States in her early teens, and now lives in Oakland, CA. Her first novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, won the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region and was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. Booklist called Island of a Thousand Mirrors “a breathtaking work of lyrical prose and vivid, transporting imagery.” Munaweera’s new novel, What Lies Between Us, follows a teenage Sri Lankan immigrant, and has already been featured on BuzzFeed’s and Elle Magazine’s “Best of 2016” lists.

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Grass Valley resident DIMITRI KERIOTIS published his debut collection of short stories, The Quiet Time, with SFA Press. Novelist Benjamin Percy has called Keriotis “a talented, deeply empathetic writer who chronicles everyday lives in crisis” and called The Quiet Time “a moving collection of stories.” His work has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Georgetown Review, Evening Street Review, Flyway, BorderSenses, and elsewhere. Raised in Northern California, Keriotis served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zaire and Bolivia, and now teaches English at Modesto Junior College. He co-coordinates the High Sierra Institute and teaches creative writing at San Francisco State’s Sierra Field Campus.

Ben Preston

Nevada City writer BEN PRESTON was raised in Wisconsin and spent several years in Japan before moving to California. He works as a teacher and musician, and is currently finishing his first novel, All the World Drowning, the story of a lonely child in rural Wisconsin discovering whether he has the gift of prophecy his father claims, and navigating an increasingly surreal life of visions, drugs and new-age cults. Preston has published book of poems, titled A Life Feral, and produced two albums of original music with his band, The Bluetail Flies.

Yuba Lit is produced and hosted by Nevada City memoirist and fiction writer Rachel Howard.  If you’d like to volunteer or join our mailing list, please email Rachel at rachel (dot) howard (at) gmail (dot) com.  You can learn more about Rachel at www.rachelhoward.com.

Thanks to our home venue, The Open Book, and to Szabo and Sierra Star wineries.  Visit www.bylt.org to learn more about the trail building and conservation efforts of the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Please join us to celebrate great writing in the Sierras at Yuba Lit!

Rave Reviews for Third Yuba Lit

Great thanks to the more than 60 literature lovers who came to the third Yuba Lit, featuring poet Indigo Moor, novelist Josh Weil, and emerging memoirist Cris Mulvey.  I think it’s safe to say the readers held the room entranced; quiet “oohs” and “aahs” could be heard throughout the readings at the most rhythmic lines and arresting images.  We had our fun, too, mingling during intermission with local Sierra Starr and Szabo wines, holding a contest for “most romantic” title to be found among the used books sold by our host venue, The Open Book (the winner: The Agony and the Ecstasy!).   And we raised more than $250 for the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Some unsolicited morning-after audience feedback:

“Another stunning night.”

“I have been attending the bimonthly readings sponsored by Yuba Lit and have been very impressed by high caliber work, the diverse readers, and your delightful introductions.”

“I’ve just come home from the reading on Thursday night and want quickly to thank you for your powers of organizing and bringing into being a memorable evening of nourishment expressed in the hard work (and humor!) of writers we may not otherwise have come to know. It was a fabulous selection, the proverbial feast.”

March and May Yuba Lits are already in the works.  Please save the date for these lineups:

Thursday, March 17th, 7 p.m.

  • Nayomi Munaweera, Bay Area-based author of the acclaimed novel Island of a Thousand Mirrors, and the about-to-be-released novel What Lies Between Us, set in Sri Lanka and San Francisco
  • Dmitri Keriotis, Grass Valley resident and author of The Quiet Time, a collection of stories
  • Emerging Nevada City fiction writer Ben Preston

Thursday, May 19th, 7 p.m.

  • Jordan Fisher Smith, Nevada City author of Nature Noir: A Park Ranger’s Patrol in the Sierra, and his new book, Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature 
  • Ernest J. Finney, award-winning author of seven books of fiction, most recently Elevation: 6,040, set in Sierra and Nevada Counties in the 1980s
  • Julie Valin, beloved Nevada City poet, editor, teacher and publisher, author of The Distance Between

Yuba Lit is seeking volunteers, and we could use donations to cover the expense of flyers and venue rental.  We’d love to bring more supporters into the Yuba Lit fold!  Contact Rachel at rachel (dot) howard (at) gmail (dot) com if you’re interested.

Great thanks to our host venue The Open Book and its generous owner, Nory Fussell, to Harmony Books proprietress Stacey Colin, to Amy Rutten, Mary Wade, to our Yuba Lit bartenders John Parent and Niel Locke, and the Yuba Lit DJ Todd Wahowske, and greatest thanks to our awe-inspiring readers, Cris Mulvey, Josh Weil, and Indigo Moor, for reconnecting us with the full powers of language.

Hope you can join us for our upcoming Yuba Lits.

Poet Indigo Moor, Novelist Josh Weil, and Memoirist Cris Mulvey Headline Third Yuba Lit on January 21st

Building on two previous lively and packed presentations, Yuba Lit is pleased to announce the distinguished readers confirmed for our third program of live great literature. Sacramento poet Indigo Moor, Nevada City novelist Josh Weil, and Nevada City memoirist Cris Mulvey will read for Yuba Lit 3, 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 21st at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. The $5 cover, payable in cash at the door, benefits the Bear Yuba Land Trust. Locally produced wine from Szabo and Sierra Starr wineries will be served.

In addition to our three featured readers, audience members are encouraged to bring a page or a poem for our opening flash readings. Any audience member who brings a poem or a page will be given a raffle ticket; five readers will be drawn from the raffle, and given the mike for three minutes each to read their work.

Yuba Lit’s January Readers:

Indigo Moor

Sacramento poet and playwright Indigo Moor won the Cave Canem prize for his second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter’s Window. U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey has said of Moor’s first poetry collection, Tap-Root, “These are poems that tremble and ache with urgency as Moor longs for, returns to, leaves behind, and elegizes his South—a landscape of hardship, beauty, work, and the sweet music forged out of survival.” Moor won the Indiana University Prize for Emerging Writers, and formerly served as Vice President of the Sacramento Poetry Center. He is currently at work on his third collection, In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers.

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Josh Weil’s novel The Great Glass Sea, about two brothers torn apart by a dystopian Russian society, won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Grub Street National Book Prize, and prompted National Book Award winner Colum McCann to call Weil “among the most gifted writers of his generation.” His novella collection, The New Valley, also won many awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Sue Kaufman prize for first fiction. Weil’s work has appeared in Granta, Tin House, One Story, The Sun, and many other publications. Born in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia, Weil teaches in the Bennington MFA program in writing, and lives with his family in Nevada City.

Christine Mulvey

Raised in Dublin, Cris Mulvey worked as a community-based educator with low income women and as an activist in the social justice, peace and women’s movements. She later worked in Montana as an environmental activist and a teacher on the Blackfeet Reservation. Mulvey’s poems have been published The Whitefish Review, Mobius, Echoes Anthology, Last Night, and elsewhere.  She is currently working on a memoir of her experience as a young woman growing up in Ireland. She lives with her husband near Nevada City.

A community reading series celebrating great writing in the Sierra foothills, Yuba Lit launched last September with a program featuring novelists Joshua Mohr and Christian Kiefer, and poet Molly Fisk. The second Yuba Lit drew more than 65 audience members to hear readings from novelists Janis Cooke Newman, Louis B. Jones, and Amy Rutten.  All money raised at the door goes to the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Produced and hosted by Nevada City memoirist and fiction writer Rachel Howard, Yuba Lit is already booking writers for readings in March and May.  We’re also looking for volunteers.  If you’d like to volunteer or join our mailing list, please email Rachel at rachel (dot) howard (at) gmail (dot) com.  You can learn more about Rachel at www.rachelhoward.com.

Thanks to our home venue, The Open Book, and to Szabo and Sierra Star wineries.  Visit www.bylt.org to learn more about the trail building and conservation efforts of the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Please join us to celebrate great writing in the Sierras at Yuba Lit!

Laughter, Love and Literature at the Second Yuba Lit

I don’t think we could have had a better time at the second-ever Yuba Lit, on November 19th.  About 65 literature-hungry attendees came out for an evening of laughter, entrancing readings, and language-loving conversation.

Louis B. Jones read from his masterful short story “The Stone”:

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Emerging writer Amy Rutten held us rapt by her novel-in-progress riffing on the laws of physics:

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And San Francisco-based author Janis Cooke Newman read a chillingly timely excerpt from her latest novel, A Masterplan for Rescue.

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Not to mention the lively offerings from the five audience members chosen by raffle to read a poem or a page in our flash opening round.  From erotic bee-poems to inspirational meditations to sci-fi, we had a memorable night.  And we raised nearly $250 for the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

The next Yuba Lit will be Thursday, January 21st, at The Open Book at 671 Maltman Dr. in Grass Valley.  We’ll be announcing the reader lineup in about two weeks, so stay tuned!  If you’d like to join the Yuba Lit email list for updates, just write to Rachel at rachel (dot) howard (at) gmail (dot) com.