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,
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 and 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.

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