Save the Date for Yuba Lit: Poets Among Us

Grateful to readers Jenny Bitner Bitner, Rob Davidson, and Laurie Doyle and to everyone who came out for Yuba Lit on a damp grey evening last night! A wonderful crowd of about 65, and as always, the audience readers drawn by raffle were a special highlight. So good to gather and hear heart-searching literature in these challenging times. Thank you again to everyone who read and listened.

Please save the date for January 25th and Yuba Lit: Poets Among Us, presenting Nevada County Poet Laureate Molly Fisk and Sacramento Poet Laureate Indigo Moor.

And a little further out (but we can’t wait to announce it):

March 15th: The Art of Memoir
Sands Hall launches her new memoir Flunk.Start: Report from a Former Scientologist, appearing with a Bay Area memoirist TBA

November 9th: The Art of Flash Fiction

We’re looking forward to YUBA LIT presents: The Art of Flash Fiction

Three Authors of Small Stories That Pack a Big Punch
+ Five Audience Flash Readers Drawn by Raffle

Thursday, November 9th, 7 p.m.
The National Hotel
211 Broad Street
Nevada City

November’s featured readers:


JENNY BITNER is a San Francisco poet turned fiction writer whose work has been published in Mississippi Review, The Sun, Fence, Corium and PANK. Her story “The Pamphleteer” was selected by Dave Eggers for Best American Nonrequired Reading and incorporated into an opera by The Paul Bailey Ensemble. Pine Press published Mother, a chapbook. She teaches fiction writing at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

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Kirkus Reviews calls ROB DAVIDSON’s new collection Spectators “a small but mighty collection of textual snapshots… Flash fiction at its best.” Davidson’s previous story collections are The Farther Shore and Field Observations. His fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in top journals including ZYZZYVA, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Indiana Review. He teaches creative writing and American literature at California State University, Chico.

Best American Short Stories contributor Peter Orner calls LAURIE ANN DOYLE’S new story collection, World Gone Missing “a gorgeous debut.” Honored with the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award, Doyle’s work has been anthologized in Road Story, the Livingston Press Fiction Anthology, and Speak and Speak Again. She teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension.
$10 at the door
RSVP for reserved seating to

No-host bar. Doors open at 6:45. Reading from 7:00-9:00 with table seating in the historic Hoover’s dining room. MC Rachel Howard.

Yuba Lit is a fiscally sponsored project of Nevada County Arts. Donations to Yuba Lit are tax deductible; please email if you’d like to contribute.

Special thanks to Beth Ford Design, Tom Coleman of the National Hotel, Andrea Roach, and Chris Streng. And great thanks to the Entrekin Family Foundation for their support.

What a night of masterful writing at Yuba Lit: The Art of the Short Story September 14th at Nevada City’s National Hotel. We celebrated Josh Weil’s new story collection, welcomed Marilyn Abildskov to town, enjoyed the latest story from local legend Louis B. Jones–and marveled at our audacious, commanding audience flash readers! With great thanks to our readers and to everyone who attended for making Nevada City a great place of literary community. And tremendous thanks to Andrea Roach for her photography.

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Josh Weil reads from The Age of Perpetual Light.

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Louis B. Jones reads from “Ever Since the Cloverleaf.”

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Josh Weil and Marilyn Abildskov.

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Marilyn Abildskov reads a new, unpublished story.

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Louis B. Jones during the post-reading discussion.

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We enjoyed the piano playing of David Tallitsch and the National’s ambiance during intermission and while the authors signed their books.


Save the Date for The Art of Flash Fiction

Great thanks to everyone who came out to the National Hotel on September 14th for an evening of spellbinding readings by Marilyn Abildskov, Louis B. Jones, and Josh Weil. Your presence made Yuba Lit: The Art of the Short Story an exciting night of literary community. Special thanks to the opening audience flash readers who shared their vibrant poems and prose.

Please save the date for Yuba Lit: The Art of Flash Fiction, featuring Chico author Rob Davidson and San Francisco authors Laurie Ann Doyle and Jenny Bitner reading tiny stories that pack a big emotional punch. Thursday, November 9th, 7 p.m. at the National. $10 payable at the door; reserve your space by emailing with your name and number of guests.

Hope to see you at the National November 9th!


If you would like to save your space to attend Yuba Lit: The Art of the Short Story on September 14th, please email with your name and number of guests. We will confirm your ticket reservation, with $10 payable by cash at the door. Doors will open at 6:45. The National’s Bar will be open beforehand and at intermission. Harmony Books will sell the authors’ books for signing.

Save the Date for Sept. 14th: The Art of the Short Story

Yuba Lit’s September presentation is coming together! Please mark your calendar for Yuba Lit: The Art of the Short Story, Thursday September 14th at 7 p.m. at the National Hotel in Nevada City. Yuba Lit will take over the National’s richly historied dining room for a night of masterful short stories featuring Nevada City’s own acclaimed Josh Weil (The Age of Perpetual Light) and Louis B. Jones (Radiance, Particles and Luck), and Bay Area writer Marilyn Abildskov (The Men in My Country). Each will read one of their stories, and then discuss the writing of short stories in a Q and A. And as always, Yuba Lit will feature five audience flash readers: Any audience member who brings a poem or a page will be given a raffle ticket for a chance to share their work for three minutes at the mike.

Seating will be cabaret-style (at tables) for this reading, and the National’s bar will be open before the show and at intermission for mingling. Admission is $10, with fifty percent of proceeds going to PEN Center USA. Save the date, and see you for a night of beguiling storytelling at the National on September 14th!


PS: Check out this rave review in Kirkus for Josh Weil’s new collection, The Age of Perpetual Light. A little taste:

“A rich, often dazzling collection of short stories linked by themes while ranging widely in style from Babel-like fables to gritty noir and sci-fi. [. . .] Weil’s stories are engrossing, persuasively detailed, and written with a deep affection for the way language can, in masterful hands, convey us to marvelous new worlds.”

Thrilled that Friday night’s poetry reading with six nationally acclaimed poets is on the cover of The Union’s Prospector!

Yuba Lit looks forward to the reading tomorrow night, Friday June 23rd, 7 p.m., at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. Here is the link for tickets:

PS: While we’ve got you, save the date for Thursday, September 14th, for Yuba Lit: The Art of the Short Story, featuring Josh Weil, Louis B. Jones, and Marilyn Abildskov. More details coming soon.

Leading U.S. Poets in Nevada City

Dear friends in literature,

I hope you enjoyed the May Yuba Lit that Angela Sells curated for us as much as I did. What mother-daughter wisdom and power from Staajabu and Dr. Chochezi! And what naughty fun from novelist Judie Rae, and masterful scene tension from Caille Millner. Thank you so much for coming. The best thing about Yuba Lit is always the gathering of community.

I’m writing to follow up on our Yuba Lit summer plans. We’re putting all our get-out-the-word energies into a remarkable night of live poets benefitting the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. And as we let you know at our last Yuba Lit, you can get 10 percent off.

Note this date: Friday, June 23rd.
And this venue: The Miner’s Foundry in Nevada City.

Now tuck away this info: SPECIAL 10% OFF for YUBA LIT AUDIENCE MEMBERS

Now take a look at this lineup:

Francisco Aragon: Author of Puerto del Sol and Glow of our Sweat; editor of the groundbreaking anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry.

Forrest Gander: Author of, among many collections, Core Samples from the World and Eye Against Eye; Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Robert Hass: Former Poet Laureate of the United States; winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award.

Brenda Hillman: Author of, among many collections, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire; winner of the Los Angeles Times Books Prize and the William Carlos Williams Prize.

Sharon Olds: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award; author of, among many collections, Stag’s Leap and Odes

Gregory Pardlo: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize; author of the collections Totem and Digest.

To cap all that off, the evening will be emceed by Nevada City’s own beloved Molly Fisk.

These writers are truly the leading lights of contemporary American poetry. Here’s the link for buying tickets using the 10% off code, YubaLit17:

I’m still gobsmacked by our good fortune in having these poets reading in Nevada City. I hope you’ll help us get the word out–share the benefit link on all your social networks. And I hope to see you on June 23rd!

Yours in the love of literature,

Yuba Lit Founder

PS: The line for the benefit tickets again: