June Reading at Art Obsessions!
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June Reading at Art Obsessions!

Join us for a night of Literary Arts & Wine at Art Obsessions in downtown Truckee, California!  

Readers include:

Risa Nye is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees at both California State University East Bay and Saint Mary’s College of California (MFA).

Dr. Bateman is known for her engaging and entertaining presenting style.  Her research interests include organizational psychology, bereavement, and humor. 

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May Reading

Join us for a night of poetry and prose featuring Kate Asche, Bethany Humphries and Celeste Leon. 

Kate Asche, M.A., writes poetry, essays and short stories. A graduate of the UC Davis Creative Writing Program, she is a writing teacher and literary community builder in Sacramento, CA. Her first poetry collection, the chapbook Our Day in the Labyrinth, was published by Finishing Line Press in September 2015, and she has poems forthcoming in Natural Bridge. Her poem “Incoming” was selected by Camille Dungy for the summer 2015 issue of Colorado Review, and her poem for two voices was a finalist for the 2011 Audio Prize at The Missouri Review. Her poetry has appeared in Bellingham Review, RHINO, Pilgrimage, the 2012 anthology Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets and elsewhere. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Under the Gum Tree. She received a fellowship to the 2015 Writing By Writers Workshops at Tomales Bayas well as two Elliot Gilbert Prizes in Poetry and an Academy of American Poets Award. She was associate director of Arts, Humanities and Writing at UC Davis Extension, where she coordinated The Tomales Bay Workshops under the direction of Pam Houston, and Kate also helped to establish the award-winning I Street Press at Sacramento Public Library.

Bethanie Humphreys is a writer, editor, mixed media visual artist, and curator for the Sacramento Poetry Center Art Gallery. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in several literary magazines. She was Editor in Chief of the 2015 American River Review, and is currently on the staff of the Tule Review. Her artwork has been in several juried and group shows in the Sacramento area, chosen as curator’s pick for Sac Open Studios 2014, and featured in February 2013 Sac Bee: “top five picks for exhibits to fuel the imagination.” Her goal is to further the cross-pollinization of the literary and visual arts. 
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Celeste León is an award winning author. Her passion for the past ten years has been writing Luck is Just the Beginning, the novel inspired by her father’s life; it was just released by Floricanto Press on November 23, 2015. When nineteen-year-old Ramón León wins the Puerto Rican lottery, his dream of establishing the first dental and medical clinic in his village becomes achievable. But an unexpected chain of catastrophic events intervenes. Luck is Just the Beginning is not only an enchanting story of the joys and sorrows of family, but also the saga of one man's determination to see never give up on his dream.

Celeste’s award winning short stories, "A Lucky Man," and "Sharing Luck," were published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating People Who Make a difference, as well as in www.beliefnet.com and The Preservation Foundation. Both stories are adaptations that ultimately grew into her novel Luck is Just the Beginning. Celeste is a 2013 alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She is the recipient of First Prize in the annual contest for the High Sierra Writers group in Reno,Nevada for her essay, "Finding Home," about her travels to Puerto Rico in search of her family roots. Celeste is a physical therapist and lives in Truckee, CA with her family. Please visit her website at www.celesteleon.com.



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February Reading

This month, we are thrilled to feature the writing of Laura Wetherington, Ann Keniston, and Gayle Brandeis. 


Laura Wetherington

Laura Wetherington’s first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books 2011), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. She currently teaches in Sierra Nevada College’s undergraduate English and low-residency MFA programs.

Ann Keniston

Ann Keniston is the author of the poetry collection The Caution of Human Gestures and a chapbook, November Wasps: Elegies, as well as coeditor of The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st Century Anthology and the scholarly study Ghostly Figures: Memory and Belatedness in Postwar American Poetry. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, and Carolina Quarterly. She teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno and lives in Reno.

Gayle Brandeis is the author of the craft book, Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, the chapbook Dictionary Poems, and the novels The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement, Self Storage, Delta Girls, and My Life with the Lincolns, which received a Silver Nautilus Book Award and was chosen as a state-wide read in Wisconsin. Her essays, poems and short fiction have appeared in such places as The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Salon and The Nation. Gayle served as Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012-2014. She teaches for Sierra Nevada College, the Incarcerated Student Program through Lake Tahoe Community College, and the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Gayle is mom to kids born in 1990, 1993 and 2009; she lives in Incline Village with her youngest son and husband.

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January Reading

This month, we will feature the work of June Saraceno! More authors forthcoming...


June Sylvester Sacaceno is the author of two poetry collections Altars of Ordinary Light and Of Dirt and Tar, as well as a chapbook of prose poems Mean Girl Trips. She is English Program chair at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe. 



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November Reading

Join us for a reading focused on the genuis and beauty of the editors and contributors of the West Trestle Review.


Patricia Caspers

West Trestle Review is an online journal that publishes one poem each week by a woman who lives in California or Nevada. Our annual first annual chapbook, Catenary, highlights the work of select WTR contributors from the previous year. 

A catenary is a curve formed by a length of rope, wire, or chain as it hangs freely between two points. WTR's editors chose this as the name of the annual chapbook because the journal is a place that hangs loosely between the digital age and the age-old craft -- and art -- of letterpress printing. We are very excited to be promoting the work of talented poets in this unique way. 

At Meridian Press, up the big hill from the Truckee River and in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Katherine Case carves linoleum blocks, hand-sets metal type and prints on an antique SP-15 Vandercook proof press. She calls up inspiration from the traditional textile patterns of Africa, Asia and the Pacific; from poetry and music; from her two small children and from the diverse and abundant landscapes of the Reno-Tahoe area.

Katherine is a poet, printmaker and former Peace Corps Volunteer. She creates fine art prints, greeting cards and custom handmade books. Her poetry has appeared in numerous national publications and her linoleum carvings have illustrated books and broadsides, for which she has collaborated with poets such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kay Ryan, Chana Bloch and Jennifer K. Sweeney. She has taught book arts and letterpress printing for over a decade at the Academy of Art University, the Nevada Museum of Art, the San Francisco Center for the Book and Sierra Nevada College.


Katherine Case
Anne Stenzel

Annie Stenzel‘s poems have most recently appeared in the print journals Catamaran Literary Reader, Quiddity, and Ambit, in online journals Lunch Ticket and Unsplendid and in the anthology Patient Poets.  She has work forthcoming in Kestrel and elsewhere, and her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  She is also a letterpress printer, never happier than when her hands are covered in ink.  She received a B.A. In English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, both from Mills College.  She works at a mid-sized law firm in San Francisco but lives across the Bay.


Karen Terrey is an editor and writing coach, working with many writers of all genres in workshops and individual coaching sessions through her business Tangled Roots Writing.  She also teaches at Lake Tahoe Community College and Sierra College and volunteers with youth writing programs. She is a recipient of grants and scholarships and recently completed a month-long writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She earned her MFA at Goddard College. Her poetry chapbook Bite and Blood from Finishing Line Press is available at local bookstores. For more information see her blog at www.karenaterrey.blogspot.com.


Karen Terrey

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October Reading

Join us to hear the work of Philip Larrea, Krista Lukas and Jared Manninen.

Phillip Larrea is the author of We the People (Cold River Press) and Our Patch (Writing Knights Press). He is the co-editor of "Sacramento Voices", an annual print anthology featuring the work of writers from his monthly reading series at the Sacramento Poetry Center of which he serves as a board member. Phillip's day job is a personal/ finance/ investment/ economics expert.

These themes infuse his poetry as well. Since 2012, his work has appeared in over a hundred national and international publications.



Krista Lukas is the author of a poetry collection, Fans of My Unconscious (Black Rock Press 2013), a finalist for the 2009 May Swenson Award and the 2011 Pearl Poetry Prize. In her review in Rattle, Juneko J. Robinson wrote, “Lukas’s poems, clear-eyed, brutally honest, and heartbreaking as they are, are equally eloquent and playful.” Lukas’s poetry has been broadcast on The Writer’s Almanac and previously published in The Best American Poetry 2006, Creative Writer’s Handbook (5th Edition), New Poets of the American West, and in literary journals including Rattle, 5 AM, and New Millennium Writings.


Jared Manninen has led an eclectic life, from infantryman in the USMC to a massage therapist and artist. Along the way he's run marathons, thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, earned a couple college degrees, and attained the rank of black belt in Aikido. Recently, Jared has been putting to use his diverse experience by creating illustrated stories and comics based on Tahoe history and mountain living.

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September Reading

Join us to hear the work of Jennifer Garza, Lindsay Wilson and Christopher Coake!

Jennifer Garza-Cuen

Jennifer Garza-Cuen

Jennifer Garza-Cuen is a writer and photographer from the Pacific Northwest.  She received her MFA in photography and MA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her BA in comparative literature was completed at the American University in Cairo. During both years of her attendance at RISD, she received the prestigious RISD GS competitive grant. She was also awarded the Daniel Clarke Johnson, the Henry Wolf, and the Patricia Smith Scholarships. Additionally, she has received fellowships to attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Oxbow, Brush Creek, and Hambidge. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and published in contemporary photography journals such as Blink, The Photo Review and Conveyor Magazine.

Christopher Coake

Christopher Coake is the author of You Came Back (Grand Central Publishing, 2012) as well as the collection of short stories We're In Trouble (Harcourt 2005) which won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship. In addition, Coake was listed among "Granta's Best of Young American Novelists" in 2007. His stories have been published in several literary journals, and anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories 2004 and The Best American Noir of the Century. A native Hooiser, he received his M.F.A. in fiction from Ohio State University. He and his wife Stephanie Lauer live in Reno where Coake is a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Lindsay Wilson

Lindsay Wilson is an English professor at Truckee Meadows Community College, Lindsay is the co-editor of The Meadow, and serves on the Nevada Writers' Hall of Fame Selection Committee. His first book, No Elegies, won the Querucs Review Press Book Award, and his poetry has appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review, Verse Daily, and The Minnesota Review.

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August Reading
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August Reading

Melanie Perish is a poet and writer, student, and teacher. She is a member of Poets & Writers, Inc., has done Poets in the Schools in New York and Utah, and has served on the Scholarship Committee of the Women’s Writing Workshops in upstate New York (1978 - 1983.) ...  She cannot imagine living away from the Sierra Nevada Mountains or the Grace that resides in its sky.

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July Reading- TOAST Artist Marketplace

Literary Arts & Wine will be a part of the TOAST Artist's Marketplace event in Truckee.  The reading will begin at 5:30 pm and last until 6:00 pm. We will be located outside in the courtyard of Artisan's Marketplace on Donner Pass Road, in downtown Truckee.

Readers include Truckee authors: Karen Terrey, Marianne Porter and Nicole Dreon. 

Karen Terrey of Tangled Roots Writing. Karen is a writing coach and offers workshops in Truckee, CA, through her business Tangled Roots Writing, and also teaches writing at Sierra College and Lake Tahoe Community College. Her poems have appeared in Rhino, Edge, Meadow, WordRiot, Puerto Del Sol, Wicked Alice, Sierra Nevada Review, Canary, and Gray Sparrow Journal.

Marianne Porter moved from New York City to Truckee in 1980. Last summer she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College. She is working on a collection of short stories with the working title States. In April 2014, she rated Top 25 in Glimmer Train Literary Magazine’s Very Short Fiction contest for her story, “A Weekend with Your Parents. 1970.” Last week she wrapped up an invigorating week as a participant of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.  She is a part-time aide at Glenshire Elementary and writes the quarterly column  “Tahoe Stories” for Moonshine Ink. She is married and has two daughters.

Nicole Dreon is a freelance writer and photographer from Truckee, CA. For over a decade, she has worked in the research department for ESPN and the X Games where she interviews athletes who throw Stripper flips on motorcycles and Kangaroo flips on skis. In the off-season, she trots the globe with her camera. Recently, she travelled solo to east and central Africa to record the stories of inspiring female athletes. 

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April Reading
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April Reading

Eric Neuenfeldt’s work has appeared in several literary journals, including The Paris Review Daily, ConfrontationREAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, and Southern Indiana Review. His collection of stories, Fall Ends Tomorrow, won the 2010 Iron Horse Literary Review Single-Author Competition. He served as associate editor of Cimarron Review and held the Burris Fellowship while earning his MFA at Oklahoma State University. He currently teaches at Truckee Meadows Community College, where he co-edits The Meadow.

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