Save the Date for March 2nd Yuba Lit

Thursday, March 2nd, 7 p.m., at The Open Book:


Featuring Seattle writer Joshua Mohr, whose new memoir SIRENS offers a beautiful portrait of the transforming power of fatherhood and “an entirely candid, compelling memoir of addiction and the long, fraught road of recovery.” (Kirkus Reviews)


Oakland novelist (with roots in Grass Valley) Tomas Moniz, editor of the award winning zine RAD DAD, whose anthology RAD FAMILIES: A CELEBRATION honors the messy, the painful, the playful, the beautiful, the myriad ways we create families by gathering honest stories from a diverse group of parent-writers willing to be vulnerable about their failures and regrets.

These are two dedicated dads and powerful, poignant, funny writers. This is sure to be a RAD Yuba Lit.

Sold-out House for UNITED WE STAND

Standing room only sold-out crowd for Yuba Lit’s UNITED WE STAND: Writers Respond to Trump!

Yuba Lit stood strong with Writers Resist!

Rousing, inspiring, and searching readings from Angela Sells and Will Dane, Indigo Moor, Sands Hall, Jordan Fisher Smith, and our incredible array of audience flash-readers. Thank you to Angela for bringing James Baldwin’s wisdom back before us, to Indigo for conjuring Yusef Komunyakaa, to Sands for leading us all to sing Woody Guthrie and reclaim “America the Beautiful.” So good to be in community last night. And as many in the audience and behind the mike said, this is just the beginning for those of us–so many of us–who believe in compassion, equality, and justice. As Mary Volmer reminded us: Every. Voice. Counts.

Great thanks to Andrea Roach for these photos:





January 20th Yuba Lit: UNITED WE STAND

Literary writers serve a crucial role in turbulent times, dedicating their work to truth and understanding. As the new president takes office, Yuba Lit is proud to present a special reading with three esteemed authors whose work searches for truth and investigates values threatened by the Trump presidency: diversity, gender equality, care for the environment, religious freedom, and respect for all. Sacramento poet Indigo Moor, Nevada City novelist Sands Hall, and Nevada City environmental writer Jordan Fisher Smith will each share their own work, then offer a passage from a favorite writer sustaining them through this time. The program begins Friday, January 20th at 7 p.m. at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley. Advance tickets are available at this link:

In addition to these three acclaimed readers, poet/nonfiction writer Angela Sells and Open Book proprietor Will Dane will offer a short dialogue. The evening will also feature flash-readings from audience members whose work responds to the prompt, “AFTER THE ELECTION.” Any audience member who brings a poem or a page they feel responds to that topic will be given a raffle ticket; ten readers will be drawn from the raffle, and given the mike to read their work.

Yuba Lit: UNITED WE STAND starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 20th at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. Fifty percent of the $5-$10 sliding scale cover (no one turned away for lack of funds) will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will offer coffee, tea, and fresh food for sale. Yuba Lit will serve local wine from Nevada City Winery and Szabo Winery at intermission.

More on Yuba Lit’s UNITED WE STAND Readers:

SANDS HALL is a writer, theatre artist, professor, and musician. Her work includes the novel, Catching Heaven; a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writers Craft; the plays Fair Use and Little Women (an adaptation of the Alcott novel); essays and short stories; and a CD of her original songs, Rustler’s Moon. She works with the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and spends each fall in Lancaster, PA, teaching English and creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College. The rest of the year she lives in Nevada City, CA. At Yuba Lit, she will read from her feminist novel-in-progress.


A former park and wilderness ranger, JORDAN FISHER SMITH is the author of Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature, which was recently long-listed for the prestigious PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Booklist describes Smith as “a galvanizing storyteller fluent in the conflict between environmental science and politics.” His first book, Nature Noir, was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2005 pick, and an Audubon Magazine Editor’s Choice. Smith’s magazine work has appeared in, Men’s Journal, Aeon, Discover, and elsewhere, and been nominated for awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in Nevada City.

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.” Three of his short plays, Harvest, Shuffling, and The Red and Yellow Quartet debuted at the 60 Million Plus Theatre’s Spring Playwright’s festival. His stageplay, Live! at the Excelsior, was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award and is being made into a feature film. 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.

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. Subsequent Yuba Lits have featured novelists Janis Cooke Newman, Louis B. Jones, and Josh Weil, memoirists Frances Stroh and Cris Mulvey, and poets Indigo Moor and Eugene Berson among many other readers, consistently drawing robust audiences.

Fifty percent of Yuba Lit’s January proceeds benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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

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Thanks to our home venue, The Open Book, and to Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters. Visit to learn more about our beneficiary, the Southern Poverty Law Center.