12/5 Straight Talk Storytellers; 12/6 Alan Williamson and Jeanne Foster at a special SPC reading; the new LitCamp; Why There Are Words presents “Give Me” on 12/13 (where Valerie Fioravanti is in the lineup!)

Dear Writers, Readers and Friends,


I hope you survived this past weeks’ wild weather!


First, thanks to all who braved it to attend the Sacramento Poetry Center annual fundraiser at the Millers’ House. Through your generous support, SPC raised over $2,500 to help with programs in 2013!


Perhaps the rain allowed you to indulge in some extra time with your writing or reading? Or, perhaps—like my husband—you spent Sunday morning running the marathon?


Rest assured that, with this week’s tamer weather, there are plenty of events where you can get your literary fix. I list a couple below, plus a new conference opportunity.







Dec.5: Straight Talk Story Tellers

7 pm, Avid Reader, 16th and Broadway

on the theme Turning Points



Friends, I hope to see you at this event featuring one of my beloved professors from UC Davis, Alan Williamson, alongside the excellent Jeanne Foster:


UC Davis Professor Alan Williamson and St. Mary’s Professor Jeanne Foster feature at a special THURSDAY EVENING READING at the Sacramento Poetry Center


Thursday, December 6, 2012, 7:30pm – 9:00pm


Poet, short story writer, and critic Alan Batcher Williamson was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a BA at Haverford College and a PhD at Harvard University, where he studied with Robert Lowell. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including The Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems (2004), Res Publica (1998), and Love and the Sou

l (1995). His lyric poetry explores the intersection of public and personal geographies.


Williamson’s critical writing includes Almost a Girl: Male Writers and Female Identification (2001), Eloquence and Mere Life: Essays on the Art of Poetry (1994), and Pity the Monsters: The Political Vision of Robert Lowell (1974).


His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a grant from the Massachusetts Arts Council. Williamson, who has taught at the University of Virginia, Harvard University, and Brandeis University, joined the UC Davis faculty in 1983. The university library holds a selection of his papers.


Jeanne Foster is a professor of English and Philosophy, and is Director of the Graduate Liberal Studies department at St. Mary’s University. Dr. Foster published a book with Theodore Weiss’s old Quarterly Review of Literature Series, and has recently had poems in Southern Review, Hudson Review, TriQuarterly, Literary Imagination. In 1995, Foster’s “A Music of Grace: The Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry,” was published by Peter Lang, Inc.


Dr. Foster has taught Renaissance Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Thought, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Thought, Roman, Early Christian and Medieval Thought, Greek Thought, Poetry Writing, Poetry and the Sacred, and The Creative Process.


Foster has a keen interest in the sacred in literature, exploring the re-visioning of the sacred in contemporary American poetry. Her academic work includes translation. She has published translations (some in collaboration with Dr. Williamson) from Italian, in American Poetry Review and other publications. She is recently at work on the translation from the Italian of selected poems of Bianca Tarozzi.


Dr. Foster holds a Ph.D. in Religion, Literature, and the Arts, from the Graduate Theological Union, at Berkeley, California. She holds a Masters of Divinity in Ministry, from the Starr King School for Ministry, an M. A. in Philosophy, from University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, and her bachelaureate degree, is in philosophy, and granted by Tulane University.



A New Writers’ Conference Comes to the Bay Area: LitCamp, brought to you by LitQuake and The Grotto




From the website:


•It’s the SF Bay Area’s first juried writers conference.


•Its size. Lit Camp is only accepting 40 quality writers of fiction and narrative nonfiction, allowing for an amazing ratio of faculty to writers (roughly 1 to 3) over the course of the four days of the conference.


•It’s a joint venture between two of San Francisco’s most respected literary organizations – Litquake and the SF Writers Grotto – and will feature representatives from the city’s top literary players: McSweeney’s, The Believer, ZYZZYVA, The Rumpus.


•Its location. Mayacamas Ranch, five minutes north of Calistoga, is a secluded retreat center set atop rolling hills. There’s a salt–water pool, a jacuzzi, a spring–fed pond with canoes participants can use, an organic garden, hiking trails, and a yoga room. Accommodations will be rustic wooden cabins outfitted with organic linens.




Why There Are Words presents: Give Me on December 13 – featuring in the lineup our very own Valerie Fioravanti!


December 13 . 7 PM . $5
Studio 333 . Sausalito

G i v e M e !

To view the writers’ beautiful faces and read more information visit the website.

Gabriel Blackwell is the author of Shadow Man: A Biography of Lewis Miles Archer and Critique of Pure Reason.
Laura E. Davis is the author of the chapbook Braiding the Storm (Finishing Line Press).
Steve De Jarnatt is an award-winning film and TV director (credits include “Miracle Mile”) and writer.
Valerie Fioravanti is the author of Garbage Night at the Opera, winner of the 2011 Chandra Prize for Short Fiction.
Anne Galjour is an award-winning playwright and actor. Credits include Okra and Bird in the Hand among others.
Daniel Handler is the author of several novels the most recent of which is Why We Broke Up. As Lemony Snicket, he is the author of far too many books for children, including Who Could That Be At This Hour?, the first in his new series.
Arisa White’s debut collection Hurrah’s Nest is the 2012 winner of the San Francisco Book Festival Award for Poetry.
Don’t forget mad money for books and booze!





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