Here’s the July 27th, 2019 Featured Reading by Bethany Humphreys and Heather Judy, Rene Marie and 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
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.
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