November 9th: The Art of Flash Fiction

We’re looking forward to YUBA LIT presents: The Art of Flash Fiction

Three Authors of Small Stories That Pack a Big Punch
+ Five Audience Flash Readers Drawn by Raffle

Thursday, November 9th, 7 p.m.
The National Hotel
211 Broad Street
Nevada City

November’s featured readers:

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JENNY BITNER is a San Francisco poet turned fiction writer whose work has been published in Mississippi Review, The Sun, Fence, Corium and PANK. Her story “The Pamphleteer” was selected by Dave Eggers for Best American Nonrequired Reading and incorporated into an opera by The Paul Bailey Ensemble. Pine Press published Mother, a chapbook. She teaches fiction writing at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

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Kirkus Reviews calls ROB DAVIDSON’s new collection Spectators “a small but mighty collection of textual snapshots… Flash fiction at its best.” Davidson’s previous story collections are The Farther Shore and Field Observations. His fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in top journals including ZYZZYVA, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Indiana Review. He teaches creative writing and American literature at California State University, Chico.

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Best American Short Stories contributor Peter Orner calls LAURIE ANN DOYLE’S new story collection, World Gone Missing “a gorgeous debut.” Honored with the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award, Doyle’s work has been anthologized in Road Story, the Livingston Press Fiction Anthology, and Speak and Speak Again. She teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension.
$10 at the door
RSVP for reserved seating to yubalit@gmail.com

No-host bar. Doors open at 6:45. Reading from 7:00-9:00 with table seating in the historic Hoover’s dining room. MC Rachel Howard.

Yuba Lit is a fiscally sponsored project of Nevada County Arts. Donations to Yuba Lit are tax deductible; please email yubalit@gmail.com if you’d like to contribute.

Special thanks to Beth Ford Design, Tom Coleman of the National Hotel, Andrea Roach, and Chris Streng. And great thanks to the Entrekin Family Foundation for their support.

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What a night of masterful writing at Yuba Lit: The Art of the Short Story September 14th at Nevada City’s National Hotel. We celebrated Josh Weil’s new story collection, welcomed Marilyn Abildskov to town, enjoyed the latest story from local legend Louis B. Jones–and marveled at our audacious, commanding audience flash readers! With great thanks to our readers and to everyone who attended for making Nevada City a great place of literary community. And tremendous thanks to Andrea Roach for her photography.

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Josh Weil reads from The Age of Perpetual Light.

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Louis B. Jones reads from “Ever Since the Cloverleaf.”

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Josh Weil and Marilyn Abildskov.

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Marilyn Abildskov reads a new, unpublished story.

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Louis B. Jones during the post-reading discussion.

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We enjoyed the piano playing of David Tallitsch and the National’s ambiance during intermission and while the authors signed their books.

 

Save the Date for The Art of Flash Fiction

Great thanks to everyone who came out to the National Hotel on September 14th for an evening of spellbinding readings by Marilyn Abildskov, Louis B. Jones, and Josh Weil. Your presence made Yuba Lit: The Art of the Short Story an exciting night of literary community. Special thanks to the opening audience flash readers who shared their vibrant poems and prose.

Please save the date for Yuba Lit: The Art of Flash Fiction, featuring Chico author Rob Davidson and San Francisco authors Laurie Ann Doyle and Jenny Bitner reading tiny stories that pack a big emotional punch. Thursday, November 9th, 7 p.m. at the National. $10 payable at the door; reserve your space by emailing yubalit@gmail.com with your name and number of guests.

Hope to see you at the National November 9th!

 

If you would like to save your space to attend Yuba Lit: The Art of the Short Story on September 14th, please email yubalit@gmail.com with your name and number of guests. We will confirm your ticket reservation, with $10 payable by cash at the door. Doors will open at 6:45. The National’s Bar will be open beforehand and at intermission. Harmony Books will sell the authors’ books for signing.

Save the Date for Sept. 14th: The Art of the Short Story

Yuba Lit’s September presentation is coming together! Please mark your calendar for Yuba Lit: The Art of the Short Story, Thursday September 14th at 7 p.m. at the National Hotel in Nevada City. Yuba Lit will take over the National’s richly historied dining room for a night of masterful short stories featuring Nevada City’s own acclaimed Josh Weil (The Age of Perpetual Light) and Louis B. Jones (Radiance, Particles and Luck), and Bay Area writer Marilyn Abildskov (The Men in My Country). Each will read one of their stories, and then discuss the writing of short stories in a Q and A. And as always, Yuba Lit will feature five audience flash readers: Any audience member who brings a poem or a page will be given a raffle ticket for a chance to share their work for three minutes at the mike.

Seating will be cabaret-style (at tables) for this reading, and the National’s bar will be open before the show and at intermission for mingling. Admission is $10, with fifty percent of proceeds going to PEN Center USA. Save the date, and see you for a night of beguiling storytelling at the National on September 14th!

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PS: Check out this rave review in Kirkus for Josh Weil’s new collection, The Age of Perpetual Light. A little taste:

“A rich, often dazzling collection of short stories linked by themes while ranging widely in style from Babel-like fables to gritty noir and sci-fi. [. . .] Weil’s stories are engrossing, persuasively detailed, and written with a deep affection for the way language can, in masterful hands, convey us to marvelous new worlds.”

Thrilled that Friday night’s poetry reading with six nationally acclaimed poets is on the cover of The Union’s Prospector!

http://www.theunion.com/entertainment/an-evening-of-acclaimed-poetry-pulitzer-prize-winners-former-u-s-poet-laureate-among-writers-at-miners-foundry-friday/

Yuba Lit looks forward to the reading tomorrow night, Friday June 23rd, 7 p.m., at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. Here is the link for tickets:

https://communityofwriters.org/events/event/2017-benefit-poetry-reading/

PS: While we’ve got you, save the date for Thursday, September 14th, for Yuba Lit: The Art of the Short Story, featuring Josh Weil, Louis B. Jones, and Marilyn Abildskov. More details coming soon.

Leading U.S. Poets in Nevada City

Dear friends in literature,

I hope you enjoyed the May Yuba Lit that Angela Sells curated for us as much as I did. What mother-daughter wisdom and power from Staajabu and Dr. Chochezi! And what naughty fun from novelist Judie Rae, and masterful scene tension from Caille Millner. Thank you so much for coming. The best thing about Yuba Lit is always the gathering of community.

I’m writing to follow up on our Yuba Lit summer plans. We’re putting all our get-out-the-word energies into a remarkable night of live poets benefitting the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. And as we let you know at our last Yuba Lit, you can get 10 percent off.

Note this date: Friday, June 23rd.
And this venue: The Miner’s Foundry in Nevada City.

Now tuck away this info: SPECIAL 10% OFF for YUBA LIT AUDIENCE MEMBERS

Now take a look at this lineup:

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Francisco Aragon: Author of Puerto del Sol and Glow of our Sweat; editor of the groundbreaking anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry.

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Forrest Gander: Author of, among many collections, Core Samples from the World and Eye Against Eye; Pulitzer Prize finalist.

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Robert Hass: Former Poet Laureate of the United States; winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award.

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Brenda Hillman: Author of, among many collections, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire; winner of the Los Angeles Times Books Prize and the William Carlos Williams Prize.

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Sharon Olds: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award; author of, among many collections, Stag’s Leap and Odes

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Gregory Pardlo: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize; author of the collections Totem and Digest.

To cap all that off, the evening will be emceed by Nevada City’s own beloved Molly Fisk.

These writers are truly the leading lights of contemporary American poetry. Here’s the link for buying tickets using the 10% off code, YubaLit17:

https://communityofwriters.org/events/event/2017-benefit-poetry-reading/

I’m still gobsmacked by our good fortune in having these poets reading in Nevada City. I hope you’ll help us get the word out–share the benefit link on all your social networks. And I hope to see you on June 23rd!

Yours in the love of literature,

Rachel
Yuba Lit Founder
www.rachelhoward.com

PS: The line for the benefit tickets again:
https://communityofwriters.org/events/event/2017-benefit-poetry-reading/

 

May 12th Yuba Lit Spotlights Women Writers

For our May installment, Yuba Lit is thrilled to present acclaimed fiction writer Caille Millner, author of The Golden Road: Notes on my Gentrification, a memoir based on her experience as an African-American woman growing up in a Latino neighborhood in San Jose. Her short fiction has appeared in Zyzzyva and Joyland, as well as in The Best American Short Stories anthology of 2016—as edited by Junot Diaz. Her essays have been in Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her awards include the Barnes and Noble Emerging Writers Award and the undergraduate Rona Jaffe award for fiction.

Millner will be joined by powerhouse mother/daughter duo Staajabu (which translates to “wonder” in Swahili) and Dr. V.S. Chochezi. Also known as Straight Out Scribes, Staajabu and Chochezi have published 7 books of activist poetry and performed their work throughout the nation. They have also produced and coordinated a number of literary arts programs in the greater Sacramento area since 1991. Inspired by their dynamism, The Crocker Art Museum invited Straight Out Scribes to write poems that corresponded to the Walter O. Evans collection of African American art, resulting in the 2014 collection African Reflections.

The evening’s third featured reader is local poet and novelist Judie Rae, whose non-fiction essays have appeared in the Sacramento Bee, Sierra Heritage, Tahoe Quarterly, and Outside California. She has also published three young adult novels and her poetry has been published in Nimrod, Wisconsin Review, Canary Online Literary Magazine, and Mudfish. In 2014, Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, The Weight of Roses, available now at the Open Book.

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 starts 7 p.m. on Friday, May 12th at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley. Fifty percent of the $5-$10 sliding scale cover (no one turned away for lack of funds) will benefit the ACLU. Local wine from Nevada City Winery and Szabo Winery will be served and Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will offer coffee, tea, and fresh food for sale. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at tinyurl.com/womenofyubalit. For more about Yuba Lit, visit http://www.yubalit.org.

More on Yuba Lit’s May Readers:

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Caille Millner is, in addition to an acclaimed fiction and non-fiction writer, an editorial writer and Datebook columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. On the editorial board, she covers a wide range of topics including business, finance, technology, education and local politics. For Datebook, she writes a weekly column on culture. She is the recipient of the Scripps-Howard Foundation’s Walker Stone Award in Editorial Writing and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Editorial Writing Award.

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Staajabu was born in Philadelphia, and raised in Camden, NJ. She is a writer, editor, producer, poet, health advocate, graphic artist, Air Force veteran, UC Davis retiree and serves on the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Commission. Dr. V.S. Chochezi was born in Riverside, CA and raised in Camden, NJ. She earned a BA from Delaware State College, an MA from CSUS Sacramento and a doctorate in Education from Drexel University in Sacramento. She is a writer, poet, editor, photojournalist, and college professor.

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Judie Rae, Nevada County local, earned her Masters of Professional Writing from USC. Aside from concentrating on her own projects, she helps other writers achieve their goals by teaching writing-related courses for seniors through the Osher Foundation. She also serves on the literary committee for the Nevada County Arts Council, which seeks to provide a venue where local writers and poets can have their works heard.

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 May proceeds will benefit the ACLU.

Yuba Lit was founded and is produced by Nevada City memoirist and fiction writer Rachel Howard. Co-producer Dr. Angela Sells, a non-fiction author and women’s studies professor, is lead producer for May. 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 www.rachelhoward.com.

Yuba Lit’s website is www.yubalit.org. You can keep in touch with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yubalit.

Thanks to our home venue, The Open Book, and to Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters. Learn more about our May beneficiary, the ACLU, at www.aclu.org.

March 2nd Yuba Lit Spotlights RAD DADS: Writers on Fatherhood

Acclaimed five-time novelist Joshua Mohr will return to the Yuba Lit stage Thursday, March 2nd, to read from his new memoir, Sirens, which the San Francisco Chronicle has hailed as “incredibly alive.” Chronicling a childhood swilling fuzzy-navels as a latchkey kid through an adulthood marked by the ever-present lure of relapse, Sirens is “harrowing and intense,” says the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. It is also a tribute to the transformative power of fatherhood.

Mohr will be joined by two writers whose work also explores fatherhood. An Oakland-based novelist with roots in Grass Valley, Tomas Moniz is the 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.

The evening’s third featured reader is Will Dane, who co-runs The Open Book bookstore and co-founded The Open Book Press. He will read from a novel-in-progress about fatherhood and the search for true love. In addition, audience members are encouraged to bring a page or a poem of their own writing. Ten audience members will be chosen by raffle to take the mike for three minutes to read their own poem or page.

Yuba Lit starts 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2nd, at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley. Fifty percent of the $5-$10 sliding scale cover (no one turned away for lack of funds) will benefit Planned Parenthood. Local wine from Nevada City Winery and Szabo Winery will be served and Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will offer coffee, tea, and fresh food for sale. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at www.tinyurl.com/raddads. For more about Yuba Lit, visit http://www.yubalit.org.

More on Yuba Lit’s March Readers:

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Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir Sirens, as well as five novels including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel All This Life won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial.

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Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and writer for the award-winning zine Rad Dad. In Fall 2016, PM Press released the culminating anthology, Rad Families: A Celebration. His novella Bellies and Buffalos is a tender, chaotic road trip story of friendship, family and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He’s the recipient of the 2016 Mary Tanenbaum Award and founder of two literary reading series. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and will send you copies, but you have to write him a postcard: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. He promises to write back.

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Will Dane co-runs the Open Book used bookstore and the Open Book Press, in Grass Valley. He teaches a fiction workshop through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sierra College, and will be reading from a novel-in-progress that is closely based on his experiences raising a teenage son and finding true love in the modern age.

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 March proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood.

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 www.rachelhoward.com.

Yuba Lit’s website is www.yubalit.org. You can keep in touch with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yubalit.

Thanks to our home venue, The Open Book, and to Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters.