July 26th Yuba Lit: From SF to NC

We have a poster for the July 26th Yuba Lit! Hope you can join us for poetry and short stories in the historic Reiki Kitchen, and intermission wine on the patio. Great thanks to designer Beth C. Ford.

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Save the Date for July 26th!


Yuba Lit Presents:

Two From SF, Two From NC: An Intimate Summer Reading

Thursday, July 26th

7 p.m.

At an exciting new Yuba Lit venue: the beautiful, historic Reiki Kitchen

313 Commercial St., Nevada City

$10 at the door; RSVP to save your seat by writing to yubalit@gmail.com


Featuring San Francisco’s Shauna Hannibal and David Rutschman:


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 jubilatBig BellForklift, 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.”


David Rutschman is the author of the story collection Into Terrible Light (Forklift Books, 2017.) His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review; Forklift, Ohio; Kenyon Review Online; The Massachusetts Review; The Sun; Waxwing; Witness, and many other journals. He is a Soto Zen priest and hospice grief counselor.

Reading with Nevada County’s Liz Collins and Travis Davis:


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.

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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 Nebraska 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.

Six Leading U.S. Poets to Read at Miners Foundry June 22nd

Thank you dearly to everyone who came out May 31st for She Persisted. What a night of inspiration! I’m so grateful to the artists who shared their personal stories.

I want to alert you to an opportunity I just became aware of regarding the incredible Community of Writers benefit poetry reading with such nationally treasured poets as Robert Haas, Sharon Olds, and Evie Shockley on June 22nd. Yuba Lit members can receive a 10 percent discount on their tickets by using the code YubaLit18 when they check out.

Here’s a link to full information on the poetry reading, and tickets:

Read on below for full details on the extraordinary readers.

Last year’s all-star poetry benefit filled the Miners Foundry, so you’ll definitely want to get your tickets in advance.

Thank you again, so very much, for being part of the Yuba Lit community!

Yuba Lit Founder

Six Leading U.S. Poets, Including a “Genius” Award Recipient and Former U.S. Poet Laureate, to Read at Miners Foundry June 22nd

Rare opportunity to hear prize-winning poets benefits scholarships

     Six of the nation’s leading poets, including a former U.S. Poet Laureate and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, two Pulitzer Prize winners and one current Pulitzer finalist, will read at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City on Friday, June 22nd. The second annual event—last year’s iteration drew an ecstatic full house to the Foundry—again offers a lineup of excellence rarely seen outside the top writing conferences and literary festivals, from a diverse range of powerful voices.

Acclaimed poets Kazim Ali, Monica de la Torre, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, Evie Shockley and Dean Young are all participating in the reading as a stop-off on their way to the annual Community of Writers workshops in Squaw Valley, and donating their Nevada City appearances to raise funds for Community of Writers scholarships. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and will be emceed by Nevada County poet laureate Molly Fisk. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, with discounts available to groups of ten or more. Given the large turnout last year, advance tickets are highly recommended, available at http://www.communityofwriters.org/public-events. A signing and reception with the poets will follow.

The six poets appearing are both esteemed and diverse.

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Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom to Muslim parents of Indian, Iranian, and Egyptian descent. His books include Sky Ward, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day; and the cross-genre text Bright Felon. He has also written novels, including The Secret Room: A String Quartet and among his books of essays is Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. His new book of poems, Inquisition, and a new hybrid memoir, Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies, will both be released in 2018.

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     Mónica de la Torre is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Happy End/All Welcome. Born and raised in Mexico City, she translates poetry, writes about art, and is a contributing editor to BOMB Magazine. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Poetry, The White Review, Erizo, and the New Yorker. She teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.


Robert Hass won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his collection Time and Materials. His other books include What Light Can Do: Essays 1985-2010, The Apple Trees at Olema, Sun Under Wood: New Poems, Human Wishes, Praise, and Field Guide. He has also co-translated many volumes of the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz and is the author or editor of several other collections of essays and translations, including The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa; Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry; and Now & Then: The Poet’s Choice Columns 1996-2000. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, he is a professor of English at UC Berkeley and directs the Poetry Program of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.


Sharon Olds is the author of eleven books of poetry. The Dead and the Living received the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and One Secret Thing was a finalist for the Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. She teaches at New York University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, where she has been involved with New York University’s outreach workshops, including the Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop, which serves veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Her collection of poetry, Stag’s Leap, won the 2012 T.S.Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. In 2015 she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016 The Academy of American Poets awarded her the Wallace Stevens Award. Her most recent collection is Odes.


Evie Shockley is the author of several collections of poems including semiautomatic, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, and the new black (2011), which won the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry. She has also published a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Her poetry and essays appear widely in journals and anthologies. Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. Currently serving as creative editor for Feminist Studies, Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.


Dean Young‘s numerous collections of poetry include Strike Anywhere, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry; Skid, finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Elegy on Toy Piano, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Primitive Mentor, shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize. He has also written a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction. His poems have appeared frequently in The Best American Poetry. He holds the Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, Austin. His most recent book is Shock by Shock.

Funds raised by this special evening will help emerging and developing poets study with mentors of these readers’ caliber. For 47 summers, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets and prose writers for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. As the organizers write, “Our aim is to assist writers in the refinement of their craft and thus, in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support, move them closer to achieving their goals.” The Community of Writers was co-founded in 1969 by prolific novelist and longtime Nevada City resident Oakley Hall.

Tickets to this benefit poetry reading are available online at https://communityofwriters.org/public-events or by phone: 530-470-8440. Tickets are $25 advance/$30 at the door for general admission and $12 advance/$15 at the door for students (with current student ID). Premium seating for the first 2 rows is $45. The group price for 10 or more tickets purchased at the same time is $20 per ticket. The Miners Foundry is located at 325 Spring St., Nevada City.

Yuba Lit Celebrates Bold Women Artists, Featuring Author Bridget Quinn and Five Local Artists May 31st

Yuba Lit, the popular reading series celebrating great live literature, will spotlight visual artists past and present for its May presentation, “She Persisted: Bold Women Artists.” Visiting from San Francisco, author Bridget Quinn will read from Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and History (in That Order). Quinn’s book, which NPR hails as “spunky, attitudinal, smart writing,” has entered more than five printings and is sold in museums around the world. Joining Quinn, local artists Deborah Bridges, Lee Ann Brook, Ruth Chase, Amanda Paoletti, and Jerianne Van Dijk will share their personal stories of how they have persisted in making their art. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st, at the Stone House in Nevada City. The reading will be emceed by Yuba Lit founder Rachel Howard.


Oprah Magazine wrote of Broad Strokes, “Your Art History 101 syllabus just got a lot more fun.” The Christian Science Monitor says of the book: “As its title suggests, Broad Strokes isn’t stuffy. There’s plenty of scholarship here about women artists over the centuries, but Quinn combines her research with a lively, breezy tone that turns her subjects into more than feminist symbols. They’re masters in their own right, bold and brilliant despite the limits they faced – getting trained, finding buyers and being taken seriously.” The book includes full-color art reproductions, and portraits of each woman artist by acclaimed illustrator Lisa Congdon.


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The artists sharing their stories alongside Quinn represent a range of media, aesthetics, and experiences.

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Artist Deborah Bridges.

     Grass Valley resident Deborah Bridges trained in monumental scale bronze sculpture, established a career in classical bronze figuration, then developed a line of garden sculpture carried in galleries across the U.S. In her current work creating ceramic figurative sculpture, Deborah runs a studio that includes three apprentices. Her work has won awards from the Off-Center International Ceramic Competition, the Utah Arts Festival, and La Quinta Arts, and she is represented by the Alexander Gallery in Nevada City, as well as Basic Space Gallery in Portland, OR.


Artist Lee Ann Brook

Lee Ann Brook graduated from Paier College of Art near New Haven, Connecticut in 1973 with a double major in fine art and graphic design, studying under the influences of trompe l’oeil painting master Ken Davies. At age 23, she was accepted into the prestigious Connecticut Society of Women Painters. She is a five-time award winner in the California State Fair and a four-time winner in the nationally recognized Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s juried art competition, including Best Of 2D in 2018. Her gallery, Lee Ann Brook Fine Art, is located in downtown Nevada City.

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Artist Ruth Chase.

Raised in Venice, California, Ruth Chase started out as an oil painter and has evolved into an artist who creates multi-media installations that include paintings, audio, social media, slideshows, video, and social engagement. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, she is an Artist in Residence at Nevada County Arts through a grant from the California Arts Council funding the BELONGING project, which asks community members how they belong to Nevada County.


Artist Amanda Paoletti.

Founder of ASiF—the Artists’ Studio in the Foothills—Amanda Paoletti is a ceramic sculptor who attended the Portland School of Art in Maine. She continued her arts education at the California College of Arts and Crafts, studying with prominent Bay Area ceramicists Art Nelson, Dennis Gallagher, Arthur Gonzales, and Viola Frey.


Artist Jerianne Van Dijk.

Jerianne Van Dijk works mostly in watercolor with some gouache, ink and crayon, in an impressionistic style. A resident of the Northern California foothills for the past 30 years, she finds inspiration in the small town community and natural beauty of our area. Besides creating art, she’s a music broadcaster for community radio KVMR.

Doors for “She Persisted: Bold Women Artists” will open at 7 p.m., with the Stone House offering a light-bites menu and no-host bar. The Stone House is located at 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. A $10 donation payable by cash or check at the door supports Yuba Lit’s production costs. Patrons are encouraged to reserve a seat by writing to yubalit@gmail.com with their name and number of guests.

Yuba Lit is a fiscally sponsored project of the Nevada County Arts Council, a not-for-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information, visit http://www.yubalit.org. The series also has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/yubalit.


Save the Date for Bold Women Artists: Thursday, May 31st

We hope you can join us for:

Yuba Lit Presents

She Persisted: Bold Women Artists


Featuring Bridget Quinn, author of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)


“Your Art History 101 syllabus just got a lot more fun.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

Pithy profiles of famous and not-famous women artists. Spunky, attitudinal, smart writing . . .” –NPR 

Reading with Bridget Quinn:

Nevada County Artists

Deborah Bridges

LeeAnn Brook

Ruth Chase

Amanda Paoletti

Jerianne Van Dijk

Sharing stories of how they persisted making art.

Thursday, May 31st

7:30 p.m.

The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City

$10 at the door

No-host bar and small bites menu

RSVP to save your seat by writing yubalit@gmail.com


Yuba Lit with Krys Lee: Photos

What a special opportunity to host novelist Krys Lee in Nevada City. Thank you to the full-capacity audience that came out! We’re so grateful to photographer Andrea Roach for these shots. If you weren’t able to join us for Krys Lee, these photos are also a great preview of our elegant and cozy new venue, the Stone House, where you can enjoy a no-host bar and small-bites menu as you listen to our readers. Don’t forget to join us March 15th, 8 p.m., at the Stone House in Nevada City for the launch of Sands Hall’s memoir, Flunk.Start: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology.

Thank you again for your photography, Andrea Roach!

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The Art of Memoir with Sands Hall, March 15th, 8 p.m., at the Stone House

Thank you to all who came out for Krys Lee’s reading! We were so thrilled to introduce Krys to our area and the Yuba Lit community, and heartened by the appreciative audience feedback. We will soon post photos. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for:

Yuba Lit Presents: The Art of Memoir

With Sands Hall

Celebrating the release of her acclaimed new memoir

Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

Plus five audience flash-readers chosen by raffle

Thursday, March 15th

Special time: 8 p.m.

The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City

$10 at the door

No-host bar

RSVP to save your seat by emailing yubalit@gmail.com

An early candidate for memoir of the year, this is a thrilling story of one woman’s search for truth and her place in the world.

–Library Journal

In Flunk. Start., Sands Hall chronicles her slow yet willing absorption into the Church of Scientology. Her time in the Church, the 1980s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion―what she found intriguing and useful―and how she came to confront its darker sides.


SANDS HALL is the author of the novel Catching Heaven, a WILLA Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction, and a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; and of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. She teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and is an associate teaching professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

RSVP to Save Your Seat for Acclaimed Novelist Krys Lee, February 22nd at the Stone House

Dear literature-loving friends,
We don’t normally hold a Yuba Lit reading in February, but when Krys Lee told me she would be visiting I could not pass up the opportunity to present her. Author of the internationally acclaimed novel How I Became a North Korean, Krys will read her work and answer audience questions on Thursday, February 22nd, at 7 p.m., at the Stone House in Nevada City. Seats for this reading—a rare U.S. appearance by a writer who lives in Seoul, South Korea, where she teaches at Yonsei University—will be limited to 40. We are requesting that audience members RSVP to save their seat by emailing yubalit@gmail.com with name and number of attendees. The $10 donation will be payable by cash or check at the door.

How I Became a North Korean received widespread and even solemn praise. Said the San Francisco Chronicle, “The more confusing and horrible our world becomes, the more critical the role of fiction in communicating both the facts and the meaning of other people’s lives. Krys Lee joins writers like Anthony Marra, Khaled Hosseini and Elnathan John in this urgent work.”

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Krys’s novel follows three refugees—one the son of elite North Korean parents, one an American boy, and one a North Korean woman who sells herself into an arranged marriage—as they fight to survive in a small Chinese town just north of the North Korean border. The Guardian (UK) writes: “Lee has worked with North Korean refugees, and her hotly anticipated debut novel vividly captures the challenges faced by defectors.” The Financial Times calls How I Became a North Korean “a resonant response to political turmoil.”

Krys is also the author of the short story collection Drifting House, which was a finalist for the BBC International Story Prize. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize and the Honor Title in Adult Fiction Literature from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association. Her fiction, journalism, and literary translations have appeared in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, San Francisco Chronicle, Corriere della Sera, and The Guardian, among others.

But even with all her extraordinary accomplishments, Krys is first and foremost a warm and approachable person with a big heart. I was lucky to meet Krys when we both were studying in Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers and I’m so thrilled that our local community will have this special chance to meet her.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the Stone House offering a light-bites menu and no-host bar. The Stone House is located at 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. The $10 donation payable by cash or check at the door supports Yuba Lit’s production costs. Patrons are requested to reserve a seat by writing to yubalit@gmail.com with their name and number of guests. Yuba Lit is a fiscally sponsored project of the Nevada County Arts Council, a not-for-profit organization. We’re tremendously grateful to our supporters. Donations can be made at this link: https://www.paypal.me/NevadaCountyArts/

I so dearly hope you can make it to hear Krys read and ask her your questions! She is an extraordinary human being and writer.

Yours in the love of literature,
Yuba Lit founder