Dear Readers, Writers and Friends!
I hope to see you this Friday evening at Stories on Stage (25th & R at SPC) where I will have the great pleasure of guest-hosting an evening of debut novels. The featured authors are Melanie Thorne and Christian Kiefer, and they (and their books) are great! If you want a small taste, check out my interviews with them at the Stories on Stage Blog. Doors open at 7:00 pm and event starts at 7:30.
Friday no good for you? Consider these other literary morsels. Enjoy your week in words!
JULY 28: EVERY FOURTH WOMAN FUNDRAISER AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
On Saturday, July 28, a fundraiser for Every Fourth Woman will be held at the Brickhouse Gallery, 2837 36th St., from 7-10 p.m. Enjoy jazz by the Darrell Stanley Band, tacos, assorted desserts, and bid on fabulous items in a silent auction.
The nonprofit organization, Every Fourth Woman, is “a survivor-generated and survivor-run union dedicated to public domestic violence education focused on the goal of reducing domestic violence,” according to its spokesperson.
About one year ago, Every Fourth Woman began organizing an art and poetry exhibit in which domestic violence survivors would teach the public about what happens when they walk out the door. In this exhibit, poetry and art will be shown at the California Museum beginning Oct. 3, and will illustrate what a woman does after losing her home, her savings, her friends and “nearly everything that provided her with a life and identity in the world.”
The exhibit, “Creating Freedom: The Art and Poetry of Domestic Violence Survivors,” is accepting submissions of visual art and poetry from domestic violence survivors who wish to tell their stories of “the largely unaddressed aftermath of leaving domestic violence.” The deadline for submissions is July 30, 2012.
To help fund this educational exhibit, Every Fourth Woman is holding its first fundraiser this Saturday evening. The $15 donation is tax deductible, and all proceeds will support the “Creating Freedom” exhibit.
Francisco X. Alarcón and William O’Daly give Benefit Reading for the Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE)
Monday, July 30, 2012; 7:30–9:00 p.m.; Donations welcomed
Sacramento Poetry Center (SPC)
1719 25th Street (between Q St. and R St.)
Sacramento, California 95816
Contact: Paco Marquez Reyes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Francisco X. Alarcón and William O’Daly will give a reading—in Spanish and English—to benefit CORE, a non-partisan research and advocacy organization that aims to improve the educational environment of all Chicano/Latino students, in all aspects of society, and offer a positive vision for the future. SPC Board of Directors member Paco Marquez Reyes will emcee this fun and important event. O’Daly will be joined by the Chilean poet, Maria Elena B. Mahler, who will read two of her Spanish translations of O’Daly’s poems and several poems of Pablo Neruda’s in the original Spanish, which O’Daly will then read in his English translation. For further information, please visit:
IRANIAN POET SAYYED TORABI AT SPC MONDAY, AUG 6 @ 7:30 PM
Paco Marquez will be the opening reader at this night of fine poetry. Featured reader is Sayyed Torabi, Iran’s 2010 book of the year winner: <http://18.104.22.168/vdcirpaq. t1ar52lict.html>
Sacramento Poetry Center: http://www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com/about-2/contact/
25th and R Complex, 1719 25th St., Sacramento, CA, 95816 (the corner of 25th and R)
READ IN – CAN YOU DIG IT – AT FRANKLIN LIBRARY, August 25, 11‐2pm (signup deadline Aug 1)
Dig deep into your creative center for a piece of writing using ONE of the following word groups as a guide. Integrate the words you choose into your work.
1. jungle, run, salty, chop, lead, mirror
2. barker, magnolia, solitude, blue, waltzed, march
3. feather, crackle, swirl, hot, sniff, brush
4. flower, song, jumble, pretty, drill, scream
5. slippery, figure, devolve, smart, hop, lumber
1. 1,000 words or less
2. The words you choose must be in the piece.
3. Share your chosen words with the audience before you read.
Date/time: August 25, 11‐2pm
Place: Franklin Library in Elk Grove
Sponsor: Franklin Friends of the Library
Organized by: Liz Allenby, Zoe Keithley, Nan Mahon and Sande Trezise
FINAL DEADLINE : submit your name as a reader by August 1