TOMORROW night: First Writers Who Wine of 2013; Stories on Stage anniversary THIS Fri; SPC Press announces 2012 poetry book contest winner; Get Your Poe On @ Sac Library; call for subs for Listen to Your Mother; Room to Write offers poetry classes; True Story submission deadline extended to 1/31; Writer studio space available

Dear Writers, Readers and Friends,

The January sun is leaving us for a bit. Good thing there are all kinds of indoor places here in our community where you can get your literature on this week! I am excited to be kicking off my first workshop of 2013, The Craft of Time, tonight. Tomorrow night, maybe I’ll clink glasses with you at Writers Who Wine. And on Friday, I can’t miss the anniversary fundraiser and season kickoff of Stories on Stage!

Read on for details on those events, and other happenings, opportunities and the like that might strike your fancy.

Yours in writing,







First Writers Who Wine of the New Year!


Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Revolution Wines




**THIS** Friday, January 25 – 7:30 pm (come early for a good seat!)

Featuring work from Erica Lorraine Scheidt, author of the debut novel Uses for Boys & emerging writer Megan Cummins
performed by Kara Ow & Kelley Ogden

For more information, visit

Doors open at 7PM. $5 Donation. Bring a bottle of wine for a free raffle ticket.

Stories on Stage is funded in part by the Sacramento Literary Arts Consortium of the Sacramento Community Region Foundation (SCRF). The Sacramento Community Region Foundation’s mission is “to serve as a leader and trusted partner in expanding philanthropy and enhancing its impact in our community.”

Sacramento Poetry Center announces


Alejandro Escudé


2012 SPC Poetry Manuscript Contest Winner for


My Earthbound Eye


Alejandro Escude [] is a high school English teacher in Los Angeles and a graduate from the MA creative writing program at U.C. Davis. Previously, his work has been published in: Poet Lore, Rattle, Phoebe, California Quarterly, Blind Man’s Rainbow, Lucid Moon, Paris/Atlantic, Offerings, Möbius, and Tucumcari Literary Review. Before graduating from U.C. Davis, he won the 2003 University of California Poet Laureate contest. His work also appeared in in an anthology entitled How to Be This Man, published by Swan Scythe Press. His chapbook entitled Where Else But Here was published by March Street Press, December 2005. A second chapbook, Unknown Physics, was published by March Street Press in 2007. Originally from Córdoba, Argentina, he writes both in English and in Spanish and has translated books of poetry by Sandra McPherson and Victor Manuel Mendiola.


Poems from My Earthbound Eye have been published in the following places: The Aurorean, Chapparal, Foundling Review, FutureCycle Poetry, Lilliput Review, Main Street Rag, Moment, Nerve Cowboy, Phoebe, Poet Lore, POETALK, Quantum Poetry Review, Rattle, Slipstream, The Teacher’s Voice, and Tryst as well as How To Be This Man, an anthology published by Swan Scythe Press.





Get Your Poe On!


Sacramento Public Library has chosen the stories and poems of early 19th-century American author

Edgar Allan Poe for its 2013 One Book Sacramento project – the community’s biggest book club!

The Poe Project, cosponsored by the Capital Film Arts Alliance, invites local amateur filmmakers to create short films based on a Poe work or theme, which are no longer than 13 minutes. Or, you may enter the full-length screenwriting competition of an adaptation of Poe’s work.

Entries are due in late summer 2013 and cash prizes will be awarded.

A workshop that explains the competition is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 22, at The Art Institute of Sacramento, 2850 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento.

For more information about January 22 workshop, please contact Mary Beth Barber at (916) 429-5105 or Laurie Pederson at (916) 600-6477 or by e-mail at

In the coming months, the library will announce keynote speakers, The Poe Project contest details,and other One Book Sacramento partners and programs scheduled in October.




(from 916 Ink’s Katie McCleary)


Katie says: “I’m pleased to announce that a national social media literary show, Listen to Your Mother, is coming to Sacramento. It will be a live show at The Crest Theatre on Mother’s Day featuring local writers reading about motherhood. Anyone can submit non-fiction work (deadline is Feb. 13th) on the topic of honoring mothers.


This show happens in cities around the nation. This is Sac’s first year. The organizers will select 15 local writers to read in a 90 minute show (which is broadcast on YouTube). They will be selling tickets, and some of the funds will benefit 916 Ink. I’m hoping that people will bring their mother(s) to the show as a gift (in lieu of purchasing crappy perfume, or yet another mug printed with blurry grandchildren photos).


Please pass this call for submissions along to your writing circles. Imagine– one of us- on stage reading at The Crest in front of 900 people? Yowsers.


Read the announcement here:



Room To Write




a new Winter, 2013 class:





Everyone’s writing poems—yet much is to be gained by reading the work of master poets; after our vigorous survey of poets awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, now we continue our adventure by exploring poets of international stature who didn’t receive the Nobel Prize, but many thought they should have. Here’s a chance to give them a hearing one evening for two hours, these essential poets, on these dates:


Robert Frost—Tuesday, January 8th


Giuseppe Ungaretti—Tuesday, January 15th


(Note: for the next 8 weeks class will meet


on Wednesday evenings at SPC)


Anna Akhmatova—Wednesday, January 23rd


Rainer Maria Rilke—Wednesday, January 30th & February 6th


E. E. Cummings—Wednesday, February 13th


Frederico Garcia Lorca—Wednesday, February 20th


Marianne Moore—Wednesday, February 27th


W. H. Auden— Wednesday, March 6th


C. P. Cavafy—Wednesday, March 13th


Lead by John Allen Cann


6:30-8:30 pm at the Sacramento Poetry Center,


1719 – 25th Street in Sacramento.


$20.00 per session.



True Story submission deadline extended to January 31 for February 21 event:


Submit your written story here. After we read the submissions, authors of stories that we think might be a good fit may be asked to also submit a video or audio recording. Find more information about TrueStory at




Writer studio space available.


Two  writers are looking to add one or possibly two partners to share their clean, safe studio in midtown. $130 mo., negotiable.  For more information email: and write “studio space” in the subject line.


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