Stories on Stage this week; Two local contest deadlines on 3/31; Upcoming Master Teacher Weekend Workshops; Gold Rush Writer’s Conference; Friends of SPC mtg; Literary Lecture at SPC

STORIES ON STAGE, Friday, March 30th, 2012, 7:30PM

Rob Davidson, author of the
story collections The Farther Shore &
Field Observations

and emerging writer Max Boyd

Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street (Between Q & R)

donation: $5
Doors open 7PM

Sacramento’s monthly reading series features short fiction by established and emerging writers from Sacramento and surrounding areas, introduced by their authors and read by actors. The series will run on the final Friday of every month.

Sacramento News & Review recognized Stories on Stage in its 2011 Best of Sacramento Issue. It named founder and host Valerie Fioravanti a “Best Friend to Fiction Writers” for her work with the series. You can read the profile here.

Stories on Stage now has a blog, featuring author interviews and local literary news. Missed a performance? Most of our videos are now up on Facebook. Like Stories on Stage (Sacramento) to watch them.

Stories on Stage has won a 2010 Best of Sacramento Award from Sacramento Magazine. We were the editor’s pick for Best Reason to Listen Up.

Stories on Stage visited Capitol Public Radio’s Insight program. Listen to the interview with host Valerie Fioravanti, writer Naomi Williams, and actor William Kay here.

My thanks to the Sacramento Poetry Center for supporting the literary arts across genres. To show your support for all they do for the Sacramento writing community, consider becoming a member.


2012 Short, short story contest ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED


NEW Extended submission date: postmark by March 31, 2012

All writers are welcome to enter, whether CWC members or not!

  • 750 Word Maximum
  • Prizes: 1st – $100 | 2nd – $50 | 3rd – $25
  • Cover page: Type your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, title, and word count.  Include one cover page for each entry.
  • Submit three (3) copies.  Entries will not be returned, but authors retain all rights.
  • Entry Format:  All entries must be typed, double-spaced in black, 12 point Times New Roman font, on one side of 8 1/2″  x 11” white paper.  For additional pages, put title on upper left corner and page number on upper right corner.  Do not include your name on the entry.
  • Entry Fee: $10 for each submission – Enclose a check made payable to CWC, Sacramento Branch.
  • Deadline: Postmarked by March 31, 2012
  • Winners:  Will be announced and published* in the June 2012 edition of Write On! and honored at the June CWC-Sacramento Branch lunch meeting.  Winners need not be present to receive their prizes.
  • Entries must be unpublished.  (This includes all forms physical and electronic that exist now and/or prior to the entry deadline.)
  • Submit Entries to: Contest Chair – CWC, Sacramento Branch Writing Contest, P.O. Box 1157, Citrus Heights, CA 95611-1157
  • Questions: Contact Liz Allenby.  Please include “CWC Short Short Story Contest” in the Subject Line.

*Winners will be asked to provide a digital copy to the newsletter editor.


A Diversity of Poets: The 2012 Anthology of Sacramento Poetry

Call for Entries-Deadline March 31

With help from local arts, cultural, and literary organizations, a new anthology of Sacramento poets will be published this spring, and we’re looking for submissions from poets of all ages.


  • Open to writers and poets of any age who live in Sacramento County
  • Poems must be received by March 31, 2012.
  • Entrants may submit up to three pieces, and there is no charge to enter.
  • Poets whose work is accepted will receive one copy of the book as compensation.
  • Poets will retain the rights to their poems, but will need to fill out a form allowing the arts commission to publish their poems in the anthology.

(More details and entry information listed below)

The Sacramento Poet Laureate program, which is sponsored by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), is pleased to announce this call for entries for a new anthology of Sacramento County poets, the first such book since The Sacramento Anthology – One Hundred Poems, which was published in 2001.

This new collection will be a record, in many styles of verse, of what citizens of Sacramento have to say in 2012 – what we think and feel about this place – its cultural and arts scene, its politics, its people – the good and the challenging – in this decade as it rushes by.

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of writers and poets in the Sacramento region. Thanks to SMAC, the Sacramento Poetry Center, and a new local publisher, iStreet Press, which is sponsored by the Sacramento Public Library, this book will provide an opportunity for local writers to see their work in print, maybe for the first time. It will also give writers, readers, and listeners a chance to connect with each other at a series of readings to celebrate the anthology’s release this summer.

We hope a wide range of writers will submit their work, especially writers who have not been published before. The panel of judges that will help select the poems consists of poets who work in many styles. SPC will cover the cost of publishing, and revenues from the book’s sales will support SPC’s work promoting poetry in the region. When the book comes out, we’ll have readings around the county to promote the writers and their art, as well as celebrate the multicultural composition of the Capital area.

There are no specific length or style requirements for the poems, but our hope is that the collection will in some way reflect the diverse culture of Sacramento County. While this isn’t a required prompt, entrants might consider the wide range of arts and culture in our region as a possible theme in the selection of their pieces.

Poets from all poetic traditions and poets of all ages are encouraged to enter!

How to enter:

To send poems via email (the preferred method), individuals should send up to three poems, plus a cover letter to:  Please attach the poems in one Word document, and the cover letter in a separate Word document. There should be no names or identifying information on the poems themselves.

The cover letter should have the poet’s name and contact information, plus the titles of the poems.

To send poems via US Mail: Mail up to three poems plus a cover letter to:

2012 Anthology

c/o The Poet Tree

1719 25th Street

Sacramento, CA 95816

There should be no names or identifying information on the poems themselves.

The cover letter should have the poet’s name and contact information, plus the titles of the poems.

Any questions, please contact Sacramento Poet Laureate Bob Stanley, who is coordinating the process. You can reach him at



May 12&13, 2012
Peter Ho Davies,
author of the story collections Equal Love & The Ugliest House in the World and the historical novel The Welsh Girl. Peter teaches in the University of Michigan MFA program and has taught at the Bread Loaf and Napa Writers Conferences.This workshop is currently full, but you may apply for a waitlist spot.
12 students max

To apply, contact valfiora at yahoo dot com.

June 30 & July 1, 2012
Mixed Genre Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Lynn Freed
has published six novels, a story collection, and a collection of essays. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Elle, Harpers, Best American Short Stories, and Pen/O. Henry Prize Series. Lynn teaches in the writing program at UC Davis and at the Squaw, Napa, and Bread Loaf writers’ conferences. This workshop will be split between six fiction and six creative nonfiction writers (capped at 12 total). You must sign up for both the workshop and a specific genre, in order to maintain the appropriate balance. This workshop is perfect for multi-genre writers or writers interested in exploring beyond their primary genre, whether that is fiction or nonfiction. The cost is $400.

To apply, contact valfiora at yahoo dot com.

September 1&2, 2012
Kevin (Mc) McIlvoy
is the author of the novels A Waltz, The Fifth Station, Little Peg, and Hyssop, and the story collection The Complete History of New Mexico. I refer to Mc as the manuscript whisperer, for his ability to both guide and inspire writers. Mc currently teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at Warren Wilson and is a regular faculty member at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. He has a devoted following as an editor and teacher of writing, and a particular interest in working with mature developing writers.. The workshop will be capped at 12 students. The cost is $400. There are currently four spaces available in this workshop.


The 2012 Gold Rush Writers Conference will be held May 4, 5, 6.

Featured Speakers and Work Shop Leaders: Cara Black, award winning mystery writer, and acclaimed debut novelist Michael David Lukas.

Come join the seventh annual Gold Rush Writers Conference, May 4, 5, & 6, at the historic Leger Hotel in picturesque Mokelumne Hill where writing professionals will guide you to a publishing bonanza through a series of panels, specialty talks, workshops and celebrity lectures.

Go one-on-one with successful poets, novelists, biographers, memoirists and short story writers.
The conference includes a picnic supper in a Victorian garden Friday evening, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch.


Friends of the Sacramento Poetry Center

Thursday, March 29 at 6:00pm at Sacramento Poetry Center

SPC is looking for volunteers for a variety of projects. Any level of commitment welcome. Come and connect with your writing community through service!


TWO MORE LITERARY LECTURES in SPC’s spring 2012 season

MARCH 29 — Kenneth Rexroth: The World Outside the Window, presented by James DenBoer

James DenBoer  is publisher of Swan Scythe Press. Long appreciated by local readers of poetry, James DenBoer’s work has appeared in a great variety of publications in multiple media. DenBoer has authored eight books of poetry spanning almost 40 years, has appeared in another seven anthologies of poetry and literature, and has won awards and grants from the National Council on the Arts, the Author’s League of America, the Carnegie Fund for Authors and the National Endowment for the Arts. Great and recognizable poets have celebrated the poetry of James DenBoer. National Book Award winner William Stafford said that DenBoer’s “readers are immediately enriched by the various dimensions that an original and assured mind can give to the texture of real life in our time.” Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate William Meredith wrote that DenBoer’s poetry “reveals a growth in humor, in tough-mindedness, and in affection for the natural world.” And David Wagoner, former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, has said “”The voice of James DenBoer . . . seems lucid, flexible, refreshing, and important.” DenBoer’s most recent book, Stonework: Selected Poems, was published by Sandra McPherson’s Swan Scythe Press, in the city of Davis.

APRIL 5 — Surrealism and its Academic Discontents, presented by Tim Kahl

Tim Kahl is the author of the poetry collection, Possessing Yourself (Word Tech Press, 2009), and his poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Letters and Commentary, Berkeley Poetry Review, and numerous other journals. He has also translated, among others, the work of German poet Rolf Haufs, Brazilian poets Ledo Ivo and Marly de Oliveira, and the poems of Jose Saramago, the Portuguese language’s only Nobel Laureate. He currently serves the poetry community as the editor for Bald Trickster Press and as the Vice President of The Sacramento Poetry Center. He teaches at Sacramento City College.

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