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

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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 Bethany Humphreys and Heather Judy, Rene Marie and Jeanine Stevens

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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

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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

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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 Mary McGrath, Bob Stanley, Carol Lynn Grellas, Nick LeForce, Brigid O’Malley, and Alex Ives on Harp. “Celtic Storytelling, Song, and Spirit,” March 23rd, 2019

WOA Open Mic, January 26th, 2019

Writers On the Air started off the New Year with a good reading of five provocative stories and a host of new and experienced open micer’s. You can hear the Special Guests here on the Podcast page or at the Writers On the Air Show podcast at iTunes Connect, where you need to subscribe. Below is the Open Mic reading on January 26th. Readers are in alphabetical order. Enjoy!

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