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BIO: Current self-published author/writer. Blogger, Open Mic Host, Former social studies teacher, social worker, and railroad worker who is no longer in the wage and salary industrial complex so feels free to improvise.

WOA Open Mic with Frederick Foote and Michelle Woods,Vicki Carroll and Aeisha Jones

Michelle Woods is a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction.  Her work has been performed at Stories on Stage (Sacramento and Davis) and the Celebration Arts Storytelling Festival and published in the Sacramento News and Review and the Blue Moon Literary and Art Review.  She earned a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Sacramento State University.   Currently she is in the process of birthing a collection of stories for young readers.

– Since 2014 Frederick Foote 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. (Frederick was unable to join us at this time but please look for his work and enjoy)

  Vicki Carroll, a Sacramento native enjoys poetry and the spoken word. She is involved in workshops at Laguna Creek Valley High Library and Ethel Hart Senior Center. Vicki has participated in Writers on the Air, Avid Reader’s Speak up, both are monthly Venues. Vicki has been published in Medusa’s Kitchen and Sacramento Voices 2018.

Aeishaj is a poet, writer, creator, mother, grandmother, seeker of truth.  

She lives in Sacramento, CA and has eternal love for  RJ-nephew; granddaughters- Deijah, Desiree, Destiny and family/friends.  Aeisha embraces freedom fighters Odetta, Nina, Toni, Lady Day, Alice and other sisters whose arrows give us vision.  Smile Sources: Rainy nights, autumn leaves, the color purple, blues, jazz, warm hugs and sincere blessings.

Open Mic February 2020

Jennifer O’Neill Pickering
Lynette Blumhardt
Jacki Howard
Melen Lunn
Andy Laufer
Susan Lee Roberts
Pat Stanfield
Todd Boyd

WOA Open Mic with Michele Drier and Writing for Open Mic Writers

Michele Drier Michele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian. During her career in journalism—as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for producing investigative series. She is the past president of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime and co-chair for Bouchercon 2020 the world’s oldest and largest convention for mystery writers and fans.

Her Amy Hobbes Newspaper Mysteries are Edited for Death, (called “Riveting and much recommended” by the Midwest Book Review), Labeled for Death and Delta for Death and a stand-alone, Ashes of Memories.

Her paranormal romance series, SNAP: The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, was named the best paranormal vampire series of 2014 by PRG. The series is SNAP: The World Unfolds, SNAP: New Talent, Plague: A Love Story, Danube: A Tale of Murder , SNAP: Love for Blood, SNAP: Happily Ever After?, SNAP: White Nights,  SNAP: All That Jazz, SNAP: I, Vampire and SNAP: Red Bear Rising .

The first book in the Stained Glass Mysteries, Stain on the Soul, was published in summer 2019. You can reach her at or

Her webpage is under reconstruction but visit her facebook page, or her Amazon author page, or find her on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram.

Michele Drier

Writing for Open Mic Readers-Andy Laufer, Rose Ann Goodwin, Todd Boyd

Andy Laufer-Andrew is currently a gentleman farmer, writer, and storyteller. The lion’s share of his career was with the California Department of Education. Prior to that, he was a Registered Dietitian, a butcher’s helper, a janitor, a food service worker, construction laborer, firefighter, research lab technician, phlebotomist, a soldier in the US Army, and a salesman. He’s hitchhiked throughout the western United States and had coast to coast adventures too. All of these, and many more experiences, have prepared him well to tell stories about life in America.

In 2014 he began writing his stories down for his kids. His stories are a written record of his legacy for them and theirs to remember him by. The stories will make you laugh and make you cry. They will make you think about life and elicit similar memories of your own. A few are sad, most are humorous, all are thought provoking to either lighten your heart, or to move you to deeper conversations. All are told from the truth as he saw it and it is his deepest hope that you will derive pleasure from them and remember him fondly.

His first attempt at oral storytelling was at a slam competition at the Sierra Storytelling Festival back in 2016. Although he didn’t win, he began to understand what it would take to become a proficient storyteller on stage. Practice, and he’s been practicing ever since. He participates in open telling whenever the opportunity arises. He told again at the Sierra Storytelling Festival and at the Auburn Winter Festival. Last October he told to a mixed audience at the Wilton Community Fair. Locally, he tells at the Sacramento Storytellers Guild, the Avid Reader, and at Writers on the Air.

Andy Laufer

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 illogical, mythological realism 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, working on a second novel, self-published 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). Radio programmer (KUBU-96.5LP-FM), blogger (, website manager (, and visual artist working with recycled materials.

Some of my work can be found at and at my blog-

Todd Boyd

The Open Mic







Prose in the Afternoon at SPC

Here are the recordings for the Prose in the Afternoon at SPC on January 19th, 2020. Just click on the play button to see the name of the reader and enjoy

Nancy Schoellkopf
Kathleen Lynch
Katya Mills
Marli Erlandson

Nancy Shoellkopf

Nancy Schoellkopf is a California poet and novelist who writes stories with spiritual themes. She is the author of the Avian Series of Novels–Yellow-Billed Magpie, Red-Tailed Hawk, and Ghost Owl–as well as the short story collection, Rover. In her books she has created a universe where each soul-orphaned, homeless, autistic, wounded, rich, poor, unremarkable, ageless-is discovered as a luminous gift. She invites the reader to ponder the extraordinary treasures hidden in the ordinary events of daily life. Based in Sacramento, Nancy spent over 30 years teaching amazing children in Special Education Classes in urban school districts. A full-time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of family and friends. Nancy may be reached through her website, her Facebook page, her twitter account, or on Goodreads

Katya Mills-I am an Independent. I write mostly creative nonfiction and literary fiction set in American cities at the turn of the millennium. Chicago and NYC and San Francisco. 1990-2010. Lovers, dreamers, loners, scribblers, and latchkey kids. Predating the mobile phone. In 2013 I got off my ass and self-published my first novel, Girl Without Borders, a love triangle gone bad. Then I wrote a trilogy starring a girl with psychic powers. Currently I am putting finishing touches on a novella about 4 friends in Chicago, 1999, who are coming apart at the seams. I hold a BA in Literature from Northwestern University and an MA in Psychology from JFK University. I would like to thank Goodreads for helping press my work into the public imagination. My preferred tools of the trade are Scrivener, coffee and a Chromebook. I use my cats’ claws to draw blood. At night I morph into a social worker. You can find me at

Prose in the Afternoon at SPC Reading on December 15th with William Burg and June Augusta Gillam

William Burg-Author Wicked Sacramento

William Burg, a Sacramento resident since 1993, is a California historian whose work focuses on Sacramento history, including seven books and approximately one hundred articles about the city’s history. He holds a Master of Arts degree in public history from Sacramento State University.

William Burg

June Augusta Gillam-The Hillary Broome Mystery Series June is a native of Sacramento, California, born to a Czechoslovakian dad and Irish/Welsh mom. In 2010, June moved to Auburn and joined in with the energy and enthusiasm of fellow Gold Country Writers. She also belongs to Sisters in Crime, Capitol Crimes Sacramento chapter. A founding member of San Joaquin Valley Writers, the 22nd branch of the California Writers Club, meeting in UOP’s School of Education in Stockton, CA, every 2nd Saturday of the month at 12:30 pm, June he was honored with a Jack London Award in 2017. Her short stories and poetry have been published in many venues, most recently in Pereg

June Augusta Gillam

Jennifer O’Neill Pickering

Jennifer O’Neill Pickering

Prose in the Afternoon at SPC- Lois Ann Abraham and Anara Guard

  • 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
  • marilyn reynolds
marilyn reynolds

October 20th, Prose in the afternoon at SPC

Jennifer Pickering and Sue Owen Wright
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Sue Owens Wright

About the Author

Photo by Aniko Kiezel

Sue Owens Wright is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction. She is a twelve-time finalist for the Maxwell, awarded annually by the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) to the best writer on the subject of dogs. She has won three Maxwell Awards and earned special recognition from the Humane Society of the United States for her writing. She writes the acclaimed Beanie and Cruiser Mystery Series, including Howling Bloody Murder, Sirius About Murder, Embarking On Murder and Braced For Murder, which is recommended on the American Kennel Club’s list of Best Dog Books. Ears for Murder won the Maxwell Award in 2018. She is also the author of a historical thriller, The Secret of Bramble Hill. Her nonfiction books include What’s Your Dog’s IQ?, 150 Activities for Bored Dogs, and People’s Guide to Pets. She has been published in numerous magazines, including Dog Fancy, Mystery Scene, AKC GAZETTE, Fido Friendly, The Bark, and Animal Fair. Her work also appears in several anthologies, including Fightin’ Words—25 Years of Provocative Poetry and Prose from the Blue Collar PEN along with Norman Mailer and other literary notables.

Wright graduated from California State University and has taught elementary school, college English and adult writing courses. She did MFA studies in fiction writing at the Universities of Dublin and Galway in Ireland and University College London in England. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, DWAA, Sisters in Crime, PEO International, Pastel Society of the West Coast, SSPCA, and Daughters of the American Revolution.

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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, 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

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:, 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.