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Bay Area Benefit Poetry Reading

Friday, June 17, at 7:00 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

  • Kazim Ali
  • Robert Hass
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    Juan Felipe Herrera
  • Cathy Park Hong
  • Patricia Spears Jones
  • Sharon Olds

Natalie Baszile · Meg Waite Clayton
Frances Dinkelspiel · Marian Palaia · Josh Weil

Emceed by Capital Public Radio’s
Beth Ruyak

7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community
2791 24th St., Sacramento
Doors open at 6:30

$20 Advance/$25 at the Door

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Tickets Available at Brown Paper Tickets

All proceeds benefit the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley
Summer Writers Workshops


Natalie_Baszile_1Natalie Baszile (’01) is the author of Queen Sugar, soon to be adapted for televison by writer/director Ava DuVernay of “Selma” fame, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Oprah’s television network. Natalie has a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers where she was a Holden Minority Scholar. An early version of Queen Sugar won the Hurston Wright College Writer’s Award, was a co-runner up in the Faulkner Pirate’s Alley Novel-in-Progress competition, and excerpts were published in Cairn and ZYZZYVA. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The Rumpus.net, Mission at Tenth, and in The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9. She is a former fiction editor at The Cortland Review, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Natalie grew up in Southern California and lives in San Francisco with her family. She attended the Community of Writers in 2001. www.nataliebaszile.com
Clayton_MegMeg Waite Clayton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of five novels, including The Race for Paris (HarperCollins, August 2015). Her first novel, The Language of Light, was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize (now the PEN/Bellwether), and her novels have been translated into languages from German to Lithuanian to Chinese. She’s also written essays and opinion pieces for the Los Angeles TimesThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, the San Jose Mercury NewsForbes, Writer’s Digest, Runner’s World and public radio. She attended the Community of Writers in 2000. www.megwaiteclayton.com
DInkelspielFrances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist who co-founded the local news site Berkeleyside. She is the author of Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, and the New York Times bestseller, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, which was published in October 2015. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003 and 2004, and served on the teaching staff in 2015. www.francesdinkelspiel.com
marian_palaia_2Marian Palaia is the author of The Given World longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize (Simon and Schuster, 2015). Born in Riverside, California, she has lived in San Francisco (on and off) since 1985. Other places she has lived include Montana, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nepal, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer. She has been a teacher, a truck driver and a bartender. At one time she was the littlest logger in Lincoln, Montana. www.marianpalaia.com

Josh-Weil-author-photo-by-Jilan-Carroll-GlorfieldJosh Weil is the author of the novel The Great Glass Sea (Grove Atlantic, 2014) and the novella collection The New Valley (Grove Atlantic, 2009). A New York TimesEditor’s Choice and Powell’s Indispensable selection, The Great Glass Sea won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the GrubStreet National Book Prize; it was short-listed for The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and the Library of Virginia’s Literary Award in Fiction and was long-listed for VCU Cabell Award.  The New Valley (also a New York Times Editor’s Choice) won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New Writers Award from the GLCA, a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation, and was short-listed for the Library of Virginia’s Literary Award. Weil’s other fiction has garnered a Pushcart Prize and appeared in GrantaEsquireTin House, and One Story. He has written non-fiction for The New York TimesThe SunPoets & Writers and Time.com. He has taught at the Community of Writers. Born in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia, he currently lives with his family in Northern California’s Sierra Nevada. www.joshweil.com

Public Events – You are Invited

Are you a Tahoe Area local or visitor? Every year, the Community of Writers puts on a number of readings and events as part of our Summer Writing Workshops that are open to the public, and most are free of charge.

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2015 Summer Events

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Poetry Workshops: June 20 – 27, 2015 (Sat-Sat)
Writers Workshops: July 6 – 13, 2015 (Mon-Mon)

SUMMER EVENTS SCHEDULE Full Schedule of Events for June and July, 2015
SUMMER EVENTS SCHEDULE  Schedule of Events Only for July 2015

Evening events require advance reservation. Please reserve online here or via phone at (530) 583-5200.

Featured Event: Authors Read & Talk About Their Work

Tuesday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Squaw Valley, CA

  • Mark Childress
  • Anne Lamott
  • Elizabeth Rosner
  • Tiphanie Yanique

Writers read and discuss their work and sign books in these special events, which are open to the public. Advance reservation required. Please reserve online here or via phone at (530) 583-5200. Suggested Donation: $20 per person/$8 student (tax-deductible)

Nonfiction Night

Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Squaw Valley, CA

“Research Rapture: How Not to Bore Your Readers With Painfully Unearthed Information and Fascinating-But-Irrelevant Facts” w/ Michael Carlisle, John Daniel, Frances Dinkelspiel, Sands Hall, moderated by Martin J. Smith.

Admission is free to the public and no reservations are required.

Published Alumni Reading Series

Thursday, July 9th, at 5:30 p.m.
Squaw Valley, CA

Paulette Livers, Peyton Marshall, Aline Ohanesian, Andrew Roe, and Désirée Zamorano. View Staff Bios

The Community of Writers is delighted to celebrate the success of our alumni, and we invite those with recent books back to the Workshops to present their work to participants, staff, and the public. Admission is free to the public and no reservations are required. Join us for a reception beforehand at 5:00 p.m.

This event is supported by Noel Corngold and Emily Adelsohn Corngold.

Featured Event: Authors Read & Talk About Their Work

Saturday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Squaw Valley, CA

  • Alan Cheuse
  • Yiyun Li
  • Amy Tan
  • Diana Wagman

Writers read and discuss their work and sign books in these special events, which are open to the public. Advance reservation required. Please reserve online here or via phone at (530) 583-5200. Suggested Donation: $20 per person/$8 student (tax-deductible)

Panels & Craft Talks

Squaw Valley, CA

Don’t miss the chance to hear our staff share insights into the craft and business of writing. Topics are new each year, with the exception of our popular publishing panels, which feature agents, editors, and publishers providing insights and answering questions on this shifting landscape. Most panels and craft talks take place during the afternoon. Admission is free to the public and no reservations are required.


Short Takes Readings

Squaw Valley, CA

On many a late Tahoe afternoon during the Writers Workshops, we invite staff members to keep things energized with a round of fast fiction and nonfiction readings.  Admission is free to the public and no reservations are required.


These events are made possible in part by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation, Julia Drake, PR, as well as grants and individual contributions from our friends, former participants, and teaching staff.
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Squaw Valley Poetry Reading

Thursday, June 25, at 8:00 p.m.
Squaw Valley, CA

Every year, our staff of six award-winning staff poets presents an extraordinary evening of poetry. We will host our annual Poetry Reading on the evening of Thursday, June 25, 2015. Suggested donation $20/ $8 students. Advance reservation required via phone (530) 584-6136 or email.

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