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.


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

Thanks to our home venue, The Open Book, and to Szabo and Sierra Star wineries.  Visit 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!

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