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The Sierra foothills of Northern California have long attracted literary writers, from Mark Twain visiting the Holbrooke Hotel to Gary Snyder homesteading on the North San Juan Ridge.
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 the money raised at the door goes to a nonprofit organization. From 2015-16, Yuba Lit benefitted the Bear Yuba Land Trust. In 2017, Yuba Lit has benefitted nonprofits working for social justice.
Yuba Lit’s mission is to foster literary community in the Sierra foothills by drawing on the wealth of serious writers who live here and bringing in new perspectives and influences from Sacramento and the Bay Area. ‘Literary community’ to us means both people who write and people who don’t write but appreciate writing as a form of art.
One of our more popular features is our “Audience Flash Reading.” Any attendee who brings a poem or page is given a raffle ticket, and five are drawn, with each winning ticket holder taking the mike to read one poem or page. The quality and diversity of the flash readings, which typically range from self-help spiritual guides to travelogues to poetry, are always part of the fun of Yuba Lit.
Also, we have a long intermission, to give people plenty of time to mingle.
Yuba Lit was founded by producer and host, Nevada City memoirist and fiction writer, Rachel Howard. Angela Sells acted as co-producer late 2016 through spring 2017.
Yuba Lit thanks Beth Ford of Beth Ford Design for her work on Yuba Lit’s September 2017 posters and visuals, and Andrea Roach for her photography. If you’d like to volunteer or join our mailing list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yuba Lit, November 2016: Left to right, Ingrid Keriotis, Louis Nayer, Vanessa Hua, and host Rachel Howard.
Writers Who Have Read at Yuba Lit, September 2015-Present:
Louis B. Jones
Ernest J. Finney
Janis Cooke Newman
Staajabu and Dr. V.S. Chochezi
Jordan Fisher Smith