Category Archives: 2019 Featured Artists

Feature artists for 2019 at Sacramento Poetry center

WOA Open Mic October 26th, 2019 w/ Black Women Tell Tales

Black Women Tell Tales Writing Group

Black Women Tell Tales

Gladys Unimuke Wilburn

Gladys wilburn

Has been quilting, drawing and telling her Folk -Art Stories for twenty years. This year she appeared at the Crocker- Capital Storytelling event. Her “Harlem Hill Chronicles”, available on lulu.com, takes place during Jim Crow Segregation Era in Fort Worth, Texas. The stories are woven with dreams of youthful confidence, guarded in the hopes of family love and fortified in the eyes of cultural history. “The Elephant Champion”, this year’s short story, will be published by the Northern California Publishers and Authors, in Dec.

MS Wilburn is a retired councilor of abused children.She lives in South Sacramento.

L.M. RANDOLPH

L.M. Randolph

Lisa M. Randolph an aspiring children’s book writer, goes by the pen name, L.M. Randolph.  Her first action-adventure series The Wildlife Divas Adventure Team and short story Raju the Crying Elephant,tackles the subject of Wildlife Conservation and Endangered Species. Her real-life adventures have taken her to four of seven continents of the world. Her fascinating hobby of ‘Rock Hunting’ for semi-precious stones has sent her exploring mountains reaching heights up to 8000 feet, to valley floors of ancient seabed’s hunting for trilobite fossils.  Don’t be surprised when meeting her to find pockets filled with an interesting array of rocks, crystals and gemstones. She resides in Elk Grove, California with two small rescue dogs, Rose (a terrier-mix) and Petal (a teacup chihuahua) and admits to being their emotional support human.  They’ve inspired her upcoming children’s book series, The Adventures of an Ugly Dog in a Tutu’.

Angelina Woodberry

Angelina Woodberry

Angelina (A-Jae) Woodberry is a Bay area born storyteller that draws upon the experience of life to colour her fiction. The award winning author has published short stories, poems, academic and personal reflective essays in several literary journals over the past two decades. A children’s play she wrote was performed by a local theater company. She has also served as editor on various educational texts. Recently her essays have been published in two regional anthologies. She currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Clark Atlanta University in Mass Media Arts with an emphasis in Film. She is also an active member of the Romance Writers of America. Her first novel, Son of a Preacher Man, is due to debut in the spring of 2020. A licensed minister of the Christian Gospel, she is very active with her local church. She worked for seven years as an advocate in the mental health system. She lives with bipolar disorder and strives to be a support for her peers. A-Jae lives in Sacramento with her husband and two teenage children. For more information: website: www.ajaewoodbery.com, twitter: @jaewoodberry, facebook and instagram: #ajaewoodberry. 

Brenda Davis

Brenda Davis is a writer, director of plays, attorney, and businesswoman. Her creative works include poetic prose, pure poetry, science fiction, and now an action/adventure tale. She was born in New Orleans, LA and currently resides in Sacramento, CA. 

WOA Open Mic September 28th, 2019 with Frederick Foote and Todd Boyd plus Open Mic’er s

Frederick Foote
todd boyd
andy, Charles, Cheryl, Donella, Jennifer,lynette
michelle, pat s, rose ann, Shannon, susan, vicki

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

Todd Boyd

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 me do.

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.

Some of my work can be found at www.writersontheair.com and at my blog- www.saylavproductions.com.

WOA Open Mic August, 2019 with Carol Lynn, Jennifer, Taylor, and Sue

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 Midst of 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 VoicesEarth’s Daughters, Yellow Silk, Paddock  Review, Restore and Restory, The Dog With the Old Soul and Tiger’s Eye: A Journal 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 aNd elsewhere. She is editor of the Sable and Quill: writers who are also visual artists. Shepaintsandwrites.com

Taylor Graham

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

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.

July 27th, 2019 WOA Open Mic and Featured Reader Recordings w/ Bethanie Humphreys, Heather Judy, Jeanine Stevens and Renee Marie

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: ArtemisNonbinary ReviewThe Found Poetry Review, American River Review, and Sacramento Voices.   She 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 Review.

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

along measurements

that no longer matter

Bio:

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:

PUEDO BAILAR

They danced in the street, bare breastbones, crouching,

aprons nestled low. She held her lover, wing

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, bones clinging,

open, nestled low, lovers folding into wings.

Bio:

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 having taughtAnthropology, Psychology and Women’s Studies for thirty two years.

Jeanine’s Sample Poem:

New Delhi

She is the brick wall that defines her,

the thin arms under the sari.

She is the madras pattern

of marigold orange and olive green.

She is the littered ground,

the ground scattered with bricks and refuse.

One brick is her table. She entertains

simply. There are no spoons,

only hands to mix grains and river water.

The street is her open window,

her furniture, the battered chair tipped

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 ground.

Nearby, are bits of denim,

foreign labels, and one bright, upright yellow pear.

Back straight, she does not slouch,

looks directly at the camera in a half smile.

She is the pierced diamond

carried in the side of her nose

and the red spice she holds to mix

with her evening meal. She is

the memory of golden flocks on hilly flanks,

the darkness of things being burnt,

surrounded by things already burnt.

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 equinox.

            ~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.

WOA Open Mic with Storytellers Sue Hobbs, Suzi Byrd, and Poet Mary Zeppa


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

WOA Open Mic May 25th with features Sue Daly, Luz Maria Gama, and Lois Ann Abraham

sue daly luz maria lois ann abraham

Luz Maria Gama. My Poet name is Luz Maria Gama and in November I will be 69 years old. This year I will celebrate my 50th High School Reunion from Hirahm W. Johnson. I was born in the small town of Teocuitatlan, Jalisco but have lived in Sacramento since 1955..many years before it became  Midtown.It was in the mid 1980’s that Poetry came knocking at my door. I opened the door and let Her in..She has been writing me ever since!A retired Head Start Teacher after 38 years, a mother to two lovely daughters, a grandmother to 7, a sister to one brother, I live with my mother of 92 in Midtown.I have been attending the Monday morning women’s writing group at Women’s Wisdom Art.it is an amazing and very supportive group! I wish to write more and travel some soon! I also dream of having my own home with a big back yard for Mr. Meow Meow, my grandkids and Linda, my Precious Inner Child to roam..Peace!

Lois Ann Abraham is a retired ARC English professor, author of Circus Girl and Other Stories, and Tina Goes to Heaven, a novel. She is presently on the home stretch with her next novel, The Long Art. 

Sue Daly’s poetry has been published in When the Light Changes, Lift it Tenderly Anthology 2017, Sacramento Voices, Brevities, Medusa’s Kitchen, Poetry Now, and Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, among othersSue’s poetry chapbook, titled “A Voice at Last” was published by “DADs Desk Publishing” in 2017. Sue is the author of “Plug into Poetry”, a monthly newsletter highlighting Sacramento area poetry events. She also leads a Poetry Workshop at Wellspring Women’s Center in Sacramento. Sue has an interest in empowering women to find their unique voices through writing and sharing their poetry with others.