WOA Open Mic, January 26th w/ Host-Featured Artist Todd Boyd plus Five Special Guests-Kim Edwards, Frederick Foote, Lynette Blumhardt, Karen Durham and Gena Barton.

Theme: Favorite True, (Almost) True Stories

Start your poetry/prose new year off right. Come and listen to original poetry/storytelling/ prose/music/by featured readers, special guests, and open mic’ers. January’s Theme is Favorite True or (Almost) True stories. The theme is optional so BYOPP. (That’s Bring Your Own Poetry) January’s Feature is WOA Host/Todd Boyd with Special Guests reading one of their favorite stories. Guests include: Kim Edwards, Lynette Blumhardt, Frederick Foote, Karen Durham, and Gena Barton.

Kim Edwards-Author of more than 100 print articles in Writers Digest, Sacramento News and Review, the Sacramento    Bee, The Times of India, International Travel News, Seventeen, Cosmpolitan, International Book Publishers Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Scholastic Scope, Teacher Magazine, Senior Spectrum, Food Wine Travel Online, etc-leads a seminar at the Renaissance Society on Memories, Memoir on Writing Personal History  -Believes that everyone who wants to write should have the opportunity to let that voice out. – is president of the Ca Writers Club Sacramento – is doing a book for the History Press on early motorcycling in Sacto area -Favorite stories (personal essay, memoir) have to do with culture, class, and inequities, exposing narrator’s own bias or flaws -Has studied creative nonfiction and has attended Squaw Valley Community of Writers (fiction) and   Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop (literary non-fiction and auto-fiction).-The story she’ll always get back to:  I Hear a Spiritual, about the woman who took care of Kim and her brothers while their mother was sick. Every day she would sing at the ironing board and tell Kim to have faith. Because of her race, she couldn’t buy property   in the neighborhood, but she became a   revered, lifelong role mod-Wrote since an early age when mother had a terminal illness. To process confusion and grief, Kim’s brain would work at night, spitting out several stories every morning.  This made writing the preferred and most “naked” communication mode. There was no greater gift to Kim than to read her daily stories to someone who would listen and encourage.

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