Photos of “Poets Among Us”

Th photos from last January 25th’s Yuba Lit with poets laureate Molly Fisk and Indigo Moor are in! Our Yuba Lit volunteer photographer Andrea Roach is a dear and a whiz–that was some tough mood lighting in the old dining room of the National Hotel (California’s oldest continuously operating hotel, and a gem of living history) and she managed to get lots of great shots. Thanks so much, Andrea. And thanks to all who came. Special thanks to the National and to our nonprofit fiscal sponsor, Nevada County Arts Council. Please mark your calendars for Feb. 22, 7 p.m., at the Stone House for novelist Krys Lee! Keep in touch with Yuba Lit here:

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Save Feb. 22 for Krys Lee and March 15 for Sands Hall!

Such an absorbing Yuba Lit January 25th with Molly Fisk and Indigo Moor! A full-room crowd braved the snow and sleet, which speaks to the draw of our extraordinary featured poets. But I was also so moved by our “poets among us”–eight community poets who stood from the audience to read their work. Photos and more report coming soon, but for now, we are keen to get the word out on these exciting upcoming Yuba Lit events:


7 p.m.

A Special Added-On Yuba Lit with Acclaimed Novelist Krys Lee

Visiting from South Korea and making a rare U.S. appearance!

Krys is the author of How I Became a North Korean.


The Guardian 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.” Come hear Krys read, and ask your questions about her book and about North and South Korea.

Location: The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St. Nevada City. No-host bar and small bites menu. $10 donation at the door.

And then:


8 p.m.

A Can’t-Miss Very Special Yuba Lit with Memoirist Sands Hall

Nevada City writer Sands Hall is garnering highest praise all over the place for her new memoir, Flunk.Start: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology.


Raves Publishers Weekly in a starred review: “Hall reflects with brutal honesty on her decisions throughout this meticulously crafted book, which explores her negative experiences with Scientology and how her desire to please led her to believe in the unbelievable.” Library Journal calls Flunk.Start “an early candidate for memoir of the year.” Come hear Sands read and discuss her book and memoir writing in a Q&A with Rachel Howard.

Location: The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St. Nevada City. No-host bar. $10 donation at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. for drinks and mingling.

January 25th: Poets Among Us

Please save Thursday, January 25th for:

Yuba Lit: Poets Among Us
Two Extraordinary Poets Laureate in a Reading and Conversation

Plus a poem each by eight great poets among us
7 p.m.
The National Hotel
211 Broad St. Nevada City

No-host bar
$10 at the door
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Reading 7:00-9:00 with seating in the historic Hoover’s dining room.
MC Rachel Howard
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Molly Fisk is the Poet Laureate of Nevada County. Her most recent collection is The More Difficult Beauty, which poet Ellen Bass describes as “a brave and generous book.”


Indigo Moor is the Poet Laureate of Sacramento. His third and most recent book of poetry, In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers, presents a series of “broken sonnets” mirroring the tragedies of Shakespeare’s Othello and the actor and activist Paul Robeson.

Save the Date for Yuba Lit: Poets Among Us

Grateful to readers Jenny Bitner Bitner, Rob Davidson, and Laurie Doyle and to everyone who came out for Yuba Lit on a damp grey evening last night! A wonderful crowd of about 65, and as always, the audience readers drawn by raffle were a special highlight. So good to gather and hear heart-searching literature in these challenging times. Thank you again to everyone who read and listened.

Please save the date for January 25th and Yuba Lit: Poets Among Us, presenting Nevada County Poet Laureate Molly Fisk and Sacramento Poet Laureate Indigo Moor.

And a little further out (but we can’t wait to announce it):

March 15th: The Art of Memoir
Sands Hall launches her new memoir Flunk.Start: Report from a Former Scientologist, appearing with a Bay Area memoirist TBA

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:


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.

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

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 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.

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 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 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.