andy, Charles, Cheryl, Donella, Jennifer,lynette
michelle, pat s, rose ann, Shannon, susan, vicki
Since 2014 Frederick has published over
two- hundred stories and poems including literary, science fiction, fables, and
horror genres. Frederick has published two short story collections, For the
Sake of Soul, (2015) and, Crossroads Encounters, (2016). Frederick
hosts the Prose and Poetry Meet Up group and is a member of the INK writers
workshop and is currently preparing a short story collection manuscript
I survived as a carpenter, railroad
worker, and a social studies teacher before I retired for good, so I am no
longer tied down to the wage industrial complex tracks, like Sweet Sue, like
sweet sue used to.
I define myself as an agnostically
oriented spiritual believer in Hope and second, third, and fourth chances
because there’s no future in believing only in your own fallibility, no matter
how much attention/notoriety you get nor how smart you are.
I’ve been taken on some long rides
down life’s road and I’ve driven some too.
Nowadays I write, get to make things
up, and continue to try my literary hand as a self-published author, internet
radio host, blogging, making some visual art, hosting both writing and open mic
events, working on another novel, and enjoying whatever sports my body will let
Self-published author of one novel (Marat, Untrue Loves, four chapbooks-(Shark Poems and Caroline’s Adeline Street
and Other Poems), one book of short stories, (Allred’s Short Stories), one journal of personal history (The Election of 2012- A Year of Living
Inside the Definition of Insanity). Most of these titles can be found on
Amazon for practically nothing.
carol lynn Jennifer o pickering
taylor graham sue crisp
Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas
Carol Lynn Stevenson
Grellas lives in the Sierra Foothills. She is a nine-time Pushcart nominee and
a seven-time Best of the Net nominee. In 2012 she was the winner on the Red
Ochre Chapbook Contest, with her manuscript, ‘Before I Go to Sleep.’ She
is the author of numerous books and has had hundreds of poems published
in\print journals and online, including War, Literature and the Arts, and The
Yale Journal of Humanities and Medicine. In 2018 her poem ‘A Mall in
California’ took 2nd place for the Jack Kerouac Poetry Prize. Her
work has appeared in international publications as well as several anthologies
across the U.S. In 2019 her chapbook An Ode to Hope in the Midstof
Pandemonium was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. She was
recently the guest speaker at the California Writer’s Club, Sacramento chapter.
She is the Editor-in-Chief for The Orchards Poetry Journal and
Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Tule Review. She is a member of the Sacramento Poetry
Center Board of Directors, Saratoga Author’s Hall of Fame and according to
family lore, she is a direct descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson. www.clgrellaspoetry.com
Jennifer O’Neill Pickering is a literary and visual artist living in California who loves to paint with words. Find her poems and prose featured in publications, literary journals and podcasts. Some of these include Writer’s on the Air, Sacramento Voices, Earth’s Daughters, Yellow Silk, Paddock Review, Restore and Restory, The Dog With the Old Soul and Tiger’s Eye: AJournal of Poetry. ” Her poem, I Am the Creek” is included in the Sacramento site-specific sculpture, Open Circle. A collection of her poetry, Blooming In Winter is illustrated with ten color plates of her visual art and available on Amazon aNdelsewhere. She is editor of the Sable and Quill: writers who are also visual artists. Shepaintsandwrites.com
With her husband, Hatch, Taylor Graham has been a volunteer
search-and-rescue dog handler for many years. Retired now from callout, they
still train their dogs every week. Taylor served as El Dorado County’s first
poet laureate (2016-2018), and continues to help coordinate workshops and
readings. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, New York
Quarterly, Poetry Now, Sacramento Voices,Tule Review,
and elsewhere. She’s included in the anthologies Villanelles (Everyman’s
Library) and California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa
Clara University/Heyday Books). Her latest book is Windows of Time and Place
(Cold River Press, 2019), a collection of poems written during her tenure
as Poet Laureate.
Sue Crisp is originally from Bakersfield, California, now a
resident of El Dorado County since 1951. Sue currently resides in
Shingle Springs, California. Sue retired from 25 years of customer
service and began writing at age 50, and is still writing.
For those Kurt Cobain fans and historians of another age, here’s an interview from local poet and rock historian Frank Andrick.
Q: What were you up to at the
time when you interviewed Kurt?
A: living in SF – dj-ing in clubs
such as 3 clicks out in marin, the underground in san francosco and the oasis
in san francisco (dj before between live bands) and for bill graham at his
wolfgangs club and also at the original fillmore auditorium – also at the time
I was writing and interviewing musicians for joy williams ‘artist publications’
we decided to get me published in europe – they paid ahole lot more and it was
glossy magazines and also PRAVDA so we qent that route but artists were
thrilled to be published in those venues everybody from nirvana to NWA ‘niggers
with attitude ‘ loved that aspect. I am very fortunate that thru artist
publications and fans of the bands most of those interviews are still available
on-line and even translated into various languages.
Q: What was going on musically
or culturally in the 90s in SF? Beats still? Hippies?
A: sort of a trough to me …
alternative radio was dead or even worse had been co-oppted into ‘the city’ and
dumb corporate leadership and research which dellivered the results they wanted
and dumbed down the formats even more. It was the last days of big record
companies, promo people, and yet a rise in music that most radio except college
radio ignored … i’m talking about grunge/punk, indudustrial music, and hard
core rap like NWA.
Kurt in SF:
Q: What was it generally like
to hang out with Kurt Cobain in SF? At that time, did it strike you that you
were hanging out with an icon?
A: like hanging out w/ anyone
else that is intelligent, bright, a good conversationalist, sometimes smiliy
and kid like sometimes depressed and sad about the state of things. To me … I
have never felt I was with an icon with anyone … we just hung out , talked, and
smoked pot. We shared writing and talk about some writers … read to each other
but I do that w/my friends now. It was like cool people w/ cool bands friends
that came to town from time to time. Lucky me got to go to seattle in my
A&M record days when everyone was poor and I had an expense account. We had
Q: Did Kurt like San
Francisco? Did he share any general impressions or talk about what he liked or
A: yeah he liked it a lot – hated
the preciousness of some things, loved the history and was interested in sf
stories of bands and venues and the ideas of hippies tho unrealized
the philosophy of hippies and spiritual growth and evolution. Ideals that
were abandoned when hippies became yuppies. But were REAL none-the-less
Q: SF has always been a
friendly city to outlaws and weirdos. Did that draw Kurt? Did he fit in?
A: yeah the myth of san francisco
freedom was appealing. It was still wide open then. You could be anything you
wanted and it was cool. he fit in cuz he did not fit in. all of us found
Q: He was at a friend’s party
when you interviewed him. Do you remember where in the city that was? Where he
stayed or where he ate? Any specifics like that?
A: in sf at a club closed for the
occasision lower potero hill … fo.llowing nirvana’s triumphant first headlining
at the warfield w/ Hole and Sister Double Happiness . It was also the night
following bill graham’s death. For me and my friends ALL the drinks were free
and everyone was already drunk by the time we got to the ‘party’ I was supposed
to interview kurt earlier but it never happened ( I had a yahct ride w/
champagne and my girlfriend that afternoon) … at the party a drunk kurt yelled
at a drunk me that we should do the interview NOW before we became unable to
speak. It was a good idea – we founda booth, a pitcher of beer and thats how the
SF’s influence on Kurt:
Q: Did Cobain associate at all
with any of the SF cultural movements like the Beats? The hippies? Was he drawn
to the culture of the city?
A: yes esp. the beats and the mystique about them … the hippies a love and a disapointment – the old punk/new wave culture – crime, the nuns, avengers, flipper, fright wig etc etc and 2nd wave like sister double happiness. He was drawn to city lights – I spent some time turning him onto philip lamanta but he was well versed in ginsberg, mr. K, ferlinghetti etc and enjoyed my recordings of said folks. I could see him doing a spoken word w/ sound thing at city lights … his record w/ burro8ughs the spoken word piece ‘the priest they called him’ was just the start … and then he died. Q: In your interview with him, Kurt said that he had few influences, and didn’t want to mention any specifically. But do you know if he had any specific influences?
well I guess I dealt w/ that
above but i’ll add
A: extensive knowledge of
other for no better word ‘college radio ‘ music. From early punk / new wave
such as sex pistols, the slits, the raincoats, stranglers, wire, subway sect,
the cure the banshee’s the brit scene … patti smith he loved, television both
verlaine and richard hell camps – he knew their history – american stuff is
documented all over and he had a keen sense of history and obscurity – back in
the days when you could judge peopl e by their record collections … KURT WAS
KOOL poetically … patti smith, baudelaire, richrad hell, rimbaud and burroughs
is what we read to each other but our time was still limited … I do sometimes
wonder what a conversation would be like now … sooo much more knowledge.
Kurt’s influence on SF:
Q: You said in your interview
that there was a huge fervor when Nirvana played at the Warfield Theater. Do
you know whether Nirvana or grunge music generally had a lasting impact on San
Francisco’s music scene?
A: first there are a hell of a
lot of nirvana / kurt courtney t-shirts out there – I go to safeway and hear the
cure and nirvana playing as store music … and I like it … its subtle but real
fuck yeah – we won – also we got cooppted and sold out and burned out and
marginalized and icon-o-fied and disssed … yet like the beats, the hippies 1st
wave punk new wave and the last wave nirvana/grunge/noise music w/ pop
overtones something happened. The what/where/how/magick that was bigger than
the outsized personalites bigger than the fashion statements that became
meaningless after a time – there was a core an undefinable ‘something’ that a
creative unique portal was opened and conciousness moved fwd. Once more. In sf
the club live music scene … its just not the same,
we also had GREAT underground
press and support from zines w/ one edition to Punk Globe, Search and Destroy,
Research, and even BAM Magazine and the dailys were fairly open to new ideas. I
remember open and accepting and also snobby and too trendy for its own good.
And all that was good. Also very important gay lesbian, omni-sexual, leather
punk, suburban kid, outre artists body sculpturists,, jeans and sport jacket,
bowiesque thin white suits, street urchins … everybody was in as long as you
were out… inclusionists w/out trying. Thats honest and real and that was
Nirvana too. Beautiful and the scars too.
This is awesome Frank! All
these details are so fascinating. I just have three quick follow-up questions
that came to mind:
Q- You mentioned that
you shared writing, talked about writers, and read read to each other. Did this
happen at the party when you interviewed him? Or at a later time? Did you talk
to him more than once? Also I remember you saying one time you had Kurt’s diaries
and Courtney Love ended up getting them and publishing them–or something like
that. Is that something you can talk about?
A- had alot of contact w/ kurt —
a friend was the national merch sub pop person and another friend the national
radio promotion person. both were friends of kurt. so i saw nirvana probably a
dozen times between seattle and san francisco … it was still possible to just
talk to people back in those days … so we knew and could joke w/ each other.
all those prior to the show at the warfield which was ironically the last time
i saw kurt and talked to him.
nirvana used to play
this club on divisidero called the du-viz to some people. oh i forgot i
dj-d there a couple of times too but i think my friend and radio co-hort
‘The Germ’ was there … so kurt DID have stomach probs and after soundchecks
would come to my house on oak st and rest out smoke pot and relax and be close
to the venue for showtime. another friend of ours, the doctor who signed off on
the death certificate, dr. nick lived there also as my roommate, so he was
already among friends at our house. The best di-vis show i remember w/ nirvana
was nirvana mud honey and tad as the bill. rockin’
the diaries were note
books he would pull out of his knapsack — lined ruler paper like grade school
w/ thoughts, poems, drawings, journal enteries etc. i saw and knew about
them so after his death i asked my friends at geffen records about them — i
wanted to publish them. kurt had expressed upon many an occasison he would
rather head a publishing co. of alternative writers than just be another rock
and roll rich guy w/ his own private record label. i uuuh seconded that idea
… so geffen talked to courtney (this is the very short version) and she said
they did not exist … i insisted even after i moved to france … then she
said they did exist but she had no idea where they were .. i insisted … then
she found them but could not deal w/ it emotionally … i insisted and said
‘let me do it – i’ll go thru it and do the work — courtney ‘dropped’ the idea
as too difficult shelved it … 2 years later rosemary carroll (jim carroll’s
x-wife and executor of the jim estate) in her capacity as the attorney for
kurt, nirvana and courtney at the time got courtney a 4 and a half million
dollar deal for those ‘diaries’ … so … sooo … well the packaging
all the notebooks together original size hard bound looks and reads great …
so thats my story and i’m …
wow … ok … a bit
longer than i thought…hope this answers your questions and works for you.
Here’s the July 27th, 2019 Featured Reading by Bethanie Humphreys and Heather Judy, Rene Marie and Jeanine Stevens
Bethanie Humphreys Heather Judy
Renee Marie Jeanine Stevens
Here are the Open Mic’ers from July 27th, 2019 Writers On the Air.
Aeisha, Carol Lynn, Gena, Jennifer, Laura, Lynette, Mike, Shannon, Susan, Tj, Tom, Todd, Vicki
Part 1 Aeisha carol lynn gena Jennifer laura lynette
Part 2 mike Shannon susan tj tom todd vicki
Bio: For more information about our July Featured Readers , Read below.
Bethanie Humphreys is a writer, editor, and
mixed-media visual artist. Her poetry, short fiction, and art have appeared in
various publications in the U.S. and U.K. including: Artemis, Nonbinary
Review, The Found Poetry Review, American River Review, and Sacramento
serves as board member for the
Sacramento Poetry Center
and co-curator for the SPC Art Gallery. She was Editor-in-Chief of the 2015 American
River Review, and is currently Associate Editor for Tule
She is a Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry
Workshop Alumni, has a Bachelors in Spanish from CSU, Sacramento, and a
Creative Writing Certificate in Literary Publishing from American River
College. She is also a California Certified Naturalist, and certified in the
Amherst Writer’s and Artists Method.
Her chapbook, Dendrochronology, was published by Finishing Line Press in June,
2019, and is available for $14.99.
Bethanie’s Sample Poem:
I think I dreamed we were birds
Yardstick ruler strapped
across our shoulders
feathers dyed jewel-tones
taped in streamer-fashion
that no longer matter
Heather Judy is a poet and artist living
in Sacramento. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Mills College in 2009. Before
attending Mills, she received her BA in English from CSU, Sacramento where she
won the 2005 Bazzanella Award for first place in poetry. Her poems have
appeared in Tule
Review, The California Quarterly, Flatmancrooked’s Thin Volume of Contemporary
Poetry, and others.
She is a Sacramento Poetry Center board member, an Associate Editor and Art Director for Tule
Review, and co-curates for the Sacramento Poetry Center Art Gallery. Her
chapbook, Inosculation, was a
semi-finalist for the CutBank
Chapbook Contest in 2018.
Heather’s Sample Poem:
They danced in the street, bare
aprons nestled low. She held her
lifted, right arm round lover’s
waist, palm resting in
her smallness. They danced in
blood, a banner hung
behind them: Puedo bailar. Black hightops sung
against dove stone, sandals
treading hymns. Young
heads bowed, eyes, closed, brows
together, no sin
between them. Nectar drips and
shifts, bodies glint.
They dance in sheets, bare breasts,
open, nestled low, lovers folding
Jeanine Stevens is the author of Limberlost and Inheritor (Future Cycle Press) and Sailing on Milkweed (Cherry Grove Collections). Her latest
chapbook, Citadels, was published by
Folded Word Press, 2019. Winner of the MacGuffin Poet Hunt, The Ekphrasis
Prize, Mendocino Coast Writer’s Conference, and WOMR Cape Cod Community Radio
National Poetry Award. Jeanine studied poetry at U.C. Davis and California
State University, Sacramento. Poems have been published in Evansville Review, Forge, Chiron Review, Pearl, Stoneboat, Connecticut
River Review, Verse Wisconsin, The Curator and North Dakota Quarterly. She also enjoys Romanian folk dance and
working with collage. Jeanine is Professor Emeritus at American River College
Psychology and Women’s Studies for thirty two years.
Jeanine’s Sample Poem:
She is the brick wall that
the thin arms under the sari.
She is the madras pattern
of marigold orange and olive
She is the littered ground,
the ground scattered with bricks
One brick is her table. She
simply. There are no spoons,
only hands to mix grains and
The street is her open window,
her furniture, the battered chair
on its side, a cupboard of sorts
for bent pans.
She is the smoke stained wall
and crouches under a large sign
in English, “Choice Shampoo.”
She is the big toe that grips the
Nearby, are bits of denim,
foreign labels, and one bright,
upright yellow pear.
Back straight, she does not
looks directly at the camera in a
She is the pierced diamond
carried in the side of her nose
and the red spice she holds to
with her evening meal. She is
the memory of golden flocks on
the darkness of things being
surrounded by things already
Her only book, a book of matches,
her tablet: the wall, her pen:
bits of charcoal.
She doesn’t worry if her seeds
are not planted by the spring
~after a photograph, National Geographic
Bethanie will have copies of her new book-Dendrochronology
Members of Writers On the Air Meetup are encouraged to RSVP (Yes or No).
Please go to writersontheair.com for more information.
Recordings made during the open mic are played on accesssacramento.org/KUBU 96.5 LP-FM radio on Mondays, 7am-8am.
The Writers On the Air Show podcast can be heard at Itunes/IConnect Podcast, either at the website or as a subscriber.
Here’s the reading from our features on June 22nd, 2019 – Storyteller(s) Sue Hobbs, Suzi Byrd, and poet Mary Zeppa.
sue hobbs suzi byrd mary zeppa
Here’s some info about the Features: Sue Hobbs The title of my story is “The Jam.” Here is a little bit about me: I am a tenure track professor at Sacramento State University in the Child Development Program. I am a member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi, which is a Native American tribe with headquarters in Shawnee, Oklahoma. My Potawatomi name is Shishib’kwe (pronounced she -she- buh- kway). It means Duck Woman. I have two daughters and four grandchildren (one was just born on May 8).
Suzi Byrd I work at Sacramento State as administrative support staff. I have two degrees, one in biological sciences and one in art studio. Neither of which I use professionally. I live in Sacramento with my two daughters.
Mary Zeppa is a singer and lyricist as well as a poet and literary journalist, has been active in the Sacramento Poetry Center (SPC) since 1981. Zeppa served as Co-Editor of Poet News from 1984-1995 and was a founding Editor (1993) of The Tule Review. She currently serves as co-host of the Third Thursday in the Sacramento Room series and as SPC’s Archivist Emeritus
A selection of recorded readings by Sacramento area writers