We are excited to announce our readers for the next TrueStory event on Thursday, 7/18 at 7 p.m. Check out their bios here and we will see you next week!
Anara Guard is a fiction writer and poet. She spent the first half of her life in the Midwest, the second half in New England, and looks forward to the third half in Sacramento. Trained as a librarian, her day job involves speaking and consulting on effective strategies to prevent injuries. She has published a small book of short stories (The Sound of One Body) and has recently had poems included in Convergence and Late Peaches, an anthology of Sacramento poets. Anara is slowly working on a novel when she isn’t distracted by “Mad Men” or reading Mary Renault.
Cliff Brackett has been a general contractor for nearly 20 years. He is also a public speaker and workshop leader. A few years ago, he began to pursue his real love – the many languages of the arts. Since then he has shown his cityscapes photographs in a number of art shows. He also loves writing poetry and short stores and is currently engaged in putting his years growing up into a serious of vignette memoirs. In his youth, Cliff trained in various forms of dance and one day hopes to choreograph dances. He is also working on a play and looks forward to returning to his first love: the theater.
A freelance artist of many talents, Alicia Sowisdral finds herself, depending on the opportunity, a writer, editor, performer, radio DJ, cultural commentator and educator, particularly on pop culture and the media. She is also a facilitator of original programs that engage young women in thinking critically about the media. She blogs about these things at Pop!goesAlicia.com. A Jersey girl who spent the last 10 years in North Carolina, Alicia currently resides in Chicago, IL.
Valerie Fioravanti is the author of the linked story collection Garbage Night at the Opera. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in many literary journals, including North American Review, Cimarron Review, Silk Road, and Jelly Bucket. In her spare time, she runs the Stories on Stage reading series.