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Coming Soon: July 28th WOA Open Mic with Carol Lynn Grellas and CharRon Smith

CharRon Smith is a poet, emcee, DJ, spoken word artist and blogger. CharRon has been rapping since he was 10 years old. He has performed with the Washington state rap group Mr. Know it All & the Essence and acclaimed alternative funk band Alphabet Asylum. He has produced music for several Stockton and Sacramento recording artists. Since 2004, He has performed spoken word at Stockton, University of Pacific, Modesto, Oakland, San Francisco, and Sacramento. He has hosted open mic show at Luna’s cafe(Joe Montoya’s poetry unplugged) and Sacramento poetry center several times. He has been a guest host on Black Talk Sacramento with NSAA. His monthly literary zine / tour book, Iambic, celebrates its first anniversary in April. He is currently writing poems on his website: Reswonderland.com.

Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas
Carol Lynn lives in the Sierra Foothills. She attended Santa Clara University, where she was an English major. She is an eight-time Pushcart nominee and a five-time Best of the Net nominee. She is the author of several collections of poetry including, Hasty Notes in No Particular Order, Aldrich Press, and Things I Can’t Remember to Forget, Prolific Press. In 2012 she won the Red Ochre Chapbook contest with her manuscript, “Before I Go to Sleep.” Her latest book, “An Ode to Hope in the Midst of Pandemonium” will be released later this year from Main Street Rag. She is an Editor at The Orchards Poetry Journal and an active member in Sacramento’s Writers on the Air. According to family lore, she is a direct descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson, or at least her mother said so…

Opus in the Midst of Silence

Because he was my piano,
a place I called home; carved
from mahogany wood or angels,

an ivory shrine of intricate keys
held in perfect order from cheek to rim
that unlocked the song in me where

no melody ever played that way before.
Because his heart was a metronome
of beautiful secrets shared, a pyramid

for hidden tombs long buried but never
forgotten, his body unparalleled in regalia
no matter the agedness of sunlight’s

wear, or the unbearable shifting from lust
to relief that occurs when life takes over.
Because his voice was limitless

with a myriad of notes forcing memories
to pierce through that breath-dead harpsichord
yet once more, hoping to penetrate what used

to be, as if my same soul remained—
but because he was my piano, he was
a place I could sit and linger, lament

my way through old music and broken rolls
until rotating pins finally bore through,
became unfastened and a never-ending

roundabout of love pressed past
the bridge into some kind
of sacred vibration. n Blue Fifth Review and nominated for

CharRon Smith
CharRon is a regular spoken word artist at Lunas and at other venues, including this one. He is the publisher of I-am-bic, a monthly pamphlet with a schedule of events many Sacramento venues as well as including interviews and notes of interest to the poet community. He is also a member of the board at the Sacramento Poetry Center

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WOA Featured Readers Gerrie Walker and Jacki Smithson Howard, June 23rd, 2018

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WOA Open Mic Reading, June 23rd, 2018

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WOA Open Mic Reading, May 26th, 2018

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In Memoriam- Pat Nichol- Poet, Writer, Activist

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WOA Featured Readers Victoria Blanco and Jesse Dewhurst, May26th, 2018

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WOA Open Mic Readings, April 21st, 2018

Readings from Open Mic, April 21st, 2018 recorded at Sacramento Poetry Center. Produced by todd boyd.

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WOA Open Mic, April 21st 2018, Featured Readers Tim McHargue and Mary McGrath

Hear Featured Readers Mary McGrath and Tim McHargue read their poetry and recite their stories. Recorded April 21st, 2018 at Sacramento Poetry Center. Produced by todd boyd.

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WOA Open Mic Reading, March 24th, 2018

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Produced by Kae Sable and todd boyd

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WOA Open Mic-April 21st-w/ Mary McGrath and Tim McHargue

On April 21st WOA will host an Open Mic with Featured Readers Mary McGrath and Tim McHargue, two storytellers as well as poets and prose writers.
Mary McGrath has been a strong voice in the storytelling community for many years. She taught a class, “The Art of Storytelling” at City College, and has produced three storytelling festivals for UNICEF and two festivals for Project Heifer. She, along with poet Sue Daly run a monthly program of storytelling and poetry at the Avid Reader on Broadway (last Friday of the month), and she has been nominated for the Oracle Award by the National Storytelling Network in 2018. This year she produced a multimedia program as a tribute to Peig Sayers, the Queen of Irish Storytelling, for the Irish American Crossroads Festival in San Francisco. She is committed to the creation of community through storytelling, and looks for the hearth where the story can live. She enjoys telling original created works, as well as folklore and mythology.
Tim McHargue has published three books of prose poetry, Typography of the Flesh: Thirty Prose Poems; Bali Rain Psalm: The Bali Prose Poems; and Wig Bubbles. He has also published freelance articles on art, entertainment, and social issues in numerous publications in the Sacramento area. He plays guitar and composes songs, and produced a CD of his original music called “Into the Real.” Tim has been exploring the intersection of writing, art and music and has engaged in performance art using multimedia at various venues. For his day job, Tim is a school psychologist, counselor and director of disability services at Folsom Lake College. Finally, he has a book of stories called “Strange Dances: Reflections on Counseling International Students in Indonesia, ” written while living in Jakata, on the island of Java, where it was difficult to find a good cup of coffee.
The optional theme for this Open Mic will be to write/produce, practice and stand up and tell a 5-7 minute story of any genre you want. Stories can of course be autobiographical (maybe with a little fictional twist), or just downright lies (fiction). Remember this is optional because we’d just like to see you there.
Please RSVP Yes or No. Open mic’ers need to sign up early.

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Open Mic Featured Readers Frederick Foote and Katya Mills- March 24th, 2018

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Open Mic Reading- February 24th, 2018

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Open Mic February 24th, 2018 Featured Readers Frank Andrick and Lynette Blumhardt Read

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Open Mic Reading March 24th, 2018- Featuring Frederick Foote and Katya Mills

Come and listen to two local Sacramento writers. Both Frederick and Katya have published numerous novels, short stories, and poetry.
Frederick hosts a local writing and critique group. You can find some of his work here at Writers On the Air as well as at his blog.
Katya’s work can also be found here as well as at her website.

Frederick Foote
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.

To see a list of Frederick’s publications, go to https://fkfoote.wordpress.com/Frederick Foote


Katya Mills
Girl Without Borders and other novels.
www.katyamills.com
I am an Independent Author, Blogger, Novelist, and Social Worker. I like silence and intermittent noise. I like mostly sunshine between great storms. I feel good when devoted to something. I love a little ritual madness. I probably seem a little off. I hope I always am. I wanna keep my heart in the right place. I like to get in and out of self. I believe in freedom of self-expression, and I work very hard at my craft. I hope you take the time to read something I wrote. I try and keep the language fresh, and experiment. The one and only common element is my style, which cements the language.
Though I often keep to myself, I have been inspired by community. We can leave the splicers and spammers and false prophets to spin out their karma through nefarious or sorry undertakings. Let them be common and transparent. I try and be nice and practice loving kindness, but not at the expense of honesty. My prayers go out to anyone who perpetrates ill will, online or off.
Inspire me, inspire you. Please share and reshare my work, so to inspire others! All of my writings / photos / videos / songs are naturally copyrighted K. Some of my Youtube videos are attributed to Creative Commons. My opinions and expressions are meant to raise consciousness, generate energy and deepen understanding. And sometimes I just need to let go. – KatYa

The open mic is open to the public. Readings are recorded and published here and played at KUBU 96.5 LP-FM station in Sacramento. Streamed at accesssacramento.org-the voice- and mobile app KUBU 96.5

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WOA Open Mic Reading, January 27th, 2018

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WOA Open Mic, January 27th, 2018, Featured Reader Izzy LaLa

Reading by Izzy LaLa at Sacramento Poetry Center on January 27th, 2018

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WOA Open Mic, January 27th, 2018, Featured Reader Jennifer O’Neill Pickering

Reading by Jennifer O’Neill Pickering on January 27th, 2018.

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WOA Open Mic-October 28th, 2017- Parts 1 & 2

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WOA Open Mic, October 28th, 2017, Readings From the Gimpy Monologues

Readings from Ron Brady’s The Gimpy Monologues- Read by Ron Brady, Joey Cazares, Andyes, and Phoenix Divine on October 28th, 2017.

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Recorded and produced by Kae Sable and todd boyd

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Special: Jae Cee the Poet, September 30th, 2017, Galaxy Bean

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Interviewed and recorded September 30th, 2017 in Sacramento and Galaxy Bean Coffee House

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WOA Featured Reader Ron Brady, October 28th, 2017, Interview

 

 

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WOA Open Mic, September 23rd, 2017

Recorded and produced by Kae Sable and todd boyd

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WOA Open Mic Featured Reader TJ (Brother Hypnotic) Interview and Reading

Recorded and Produced by Kae Sable and todd boyd

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WOA Open Mic-July 22nd, 2017- Meet Greet and Open Mic

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Recordings produced by Kae Sable and Todd Boyd

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WOA Open Mic- June 24th Meet, Greet and Open Mic-

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WOA Open Mic – June 24th, 2017- Featured Guest- Katya Mills Interview and Reading

 

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Storytelling

Storytelling is the old way of passing our histories, fables, jokes, horrors, and lies that connect us to the real and spiritual worlds that scare us as well as nurture us.

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WOA Open Mic-April 22, 2017

Open Mic at Sacramento Poetry Center, April 22nd, 2017

Produced by Kae Sable and todd boyd

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WOA Open Mic- May 20th, 2017- Azin Sametipour- Featured Guest – Interview and Reading

On May 20th, 2017 Writers On the Air will host it’s monthly open mic. WOA Open Mics are open to those members of Writers On the Air Meetup and the public. We record original work-including poetry, prose, storytelling, song. Readings are limited to five – ten minutes. Each month there is a featured guest. Please see Writers On the Air Meetup as well as this site for updates and other information

 Azin Sametipour is a child of the Iranian revolution and its aftermath, born in Tehran before moving to the United States eighteen years later. She earned her bachelors degree in education from Cambridge College and began pursuing her life long dream of becoming a writer. People, especially women and their changing relationship with society, each other and history fascinate her and provide the inspiration to her work. Her debut novel, Tehran Moonlight, set in contemporary Iran, was awarded a starred review by Publishers Weekly and Best in the House by Authors in the House@ Grubstreet/Muse 2015 Boston. She currently lives in Northern California with her family.

Learn more at: www.azinsametipour.com
@ Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21402543-tehran-moonlight

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WOA Open Mic-March 25th, 2017

Here’s the open mic reading at Sacramento Poetry Center on March 25th, 2017
Enjoy!

Produced by todd boyd

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Resist

Resist is a new gallery of political writing/audio. I welcome any recorded original, creative work submissions to this gallery as I feel the need to have our voices heard in this new political environment.

Violence
Frederick Foote
The gun violence in schools and in the US, in general, is sickening, disturbing, and becoming far too common. Piker Press expresses my point of view in “Final Exam” at
http://www.pikerpress.com/article.php?aID=6909

Killer i,ii,iii by Katya Mills
“killer i: a killer dies by taking life. when you must take a life to have it, you have little life to begin with, to need it so bad. and then to steal that which is not yours, you confirm you have no guts.”
killer ii: a killer is lost like a river wandered off became a stream then an eddy then a trickle until it dropped off the face of the earth and dried up into nothing, so far from the source was it
killer iii: they will not ever be who they were before they killed. the part of them that had a chance to be anything other than cold-blooded is gone with the light in their eyes

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