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May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10
For our May installment, Yuba Lit is thrilled to present acclaimed fiction writer Caille Millner, author of The Golden Road: Notes on my Gentrification, a memoir based on her experience as an African-American woman growing up in a Latino neighborhood in San Jose. Her short fiction has appeared in Zyzzyva and Joyland, as well as in The Best American Short Stories anthology of 2016, edited by Junot Diaz. Her essays have been in Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her awards include the Barnes and Noble Emerging Writers Award and the undergraduate Rona Jaffe award for fiction. She is also a columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle.
Millner will be joined by powerhouse mother/daughter duo Staajabu (which translates to “wonder” in Swahili) and Dr. V.S. Chochezi. Also known as Straight Out Scribes, Staajabu and Chochezi have published seven books of activist poetry and performed their work throughout the nation. They have also produced and coordinated a number of literary arts programs in the greater Sacramento area since 1991. Inspired by their dynamism, The Crocker Art Museum invited Straight Out Scribes to write poems that corresponded to the Walter O. Evans collection of African American art, resulting in the 2014 collection African Reflections.
The evening’s third featured reader is local poet and novelist Judie Rae, whose non-fiction essays have appeared in the Sacramento Bee, Sierra Heritage, Tahoe Quarterly, and Outside California. She has also published three young adult novels and her poetry has been published in Nimrod, Wisconsin Review, Canary Online Literary Magazine, and Mudfish. In 2014, Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, The Weight of Roses, available now at the Open Book.
In addition to our three featured readers, audience members are encouraged to bring a page or a poem for our opening flash readings. Any audience member who brings a poem or a page will be given a raffle ticket; five readers will be drawn from the raffle, and given the mic for three minutes each to read their work.
Yuba Lit starts 7 p.m. on Friday, May 12th at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley. Fifty percent of the $5-$10 sliding scale cover (no one turned away for lack of funds) will benefit the ACLU. Local wine from Nevada City Winery and Szabo Winery will be served and Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will offer coffee, tea, and fresh food for sale. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at tinyurl.com/womenofyubalit. For more about Yuba Lit, visit www.yubalit.org.
The Open Book’s event center hosts a diverse array of concerts, readings, and lectures, in an intimate setting with book- and wood-backed acoustics. Want to book an event? We have a 12′ by 8′ stage, a high-end PA with XLR and quarter-inch hook-ups, and capacity for 80 fans.