We have quite a line up for our kick off at the Crocker Art Museum on Thursday, April 25 starting at 6:30 p.m. We are excited to announce these fantastic readers and can’t wait to hear what they have in store for us! Check out these bios and then come to the reading — we’ll see you there!
Gloria B. Jones is a wife, mother and new grandmother. She was raised in the Midwest and is a relatively new transplant to California. She is an artist and a retired school teacher. Gloria enjoys community theatre and has performed in a few plays in the area.
Abe J. Sass is a clinical social worker and an advocate for social justice. He and his wife have lived in Sacramento for 3 1/2 years and he’s been writing poetry for about 2 1/2 years. Snapshots of people he’s met appear in his poems. Former Sacramento Poet Laurete Bob Stanley heard some and said, “Do it!” So he’s doing it and loving. Abe finds himself jumping into challenging and potentially creative situations with people he meets. His poems appear in Late Peaches, an anthology published by the Sacramento Poetry Center Press, and in Six Sacramento Poets.
Deborah Meltvedt is a Medical Science teacher and Program Director at a small, public high school in Sacramento. She was born and raised in the central valley and is learning to return to her roots through memories of Fresno heat and growing up in the 1970s. Deborah has been published in local journals including the American Literary Review, and Susurrus. Deborah loves running and traveling and spending time with her journalist husband, Rick Kushman and their pirate cat, Anchovy Jack.
Ginger Rutland is an associate editor with The Sacramento Bee where she has been a member of its editorial board since 1988. The issues she covers include transportation, criminal justice, the courts, voting systems, public employee pensions and gambling, among others. In 1993 she won the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s PASS Award for her editorials on juvenile justice. Ginger used to do weekly essays for Capital Public Radio, the local NPR station. Before joining The Bee, Ginger was a television reporter for 17 years. From 1978 to 1988 she was the Capitol Bureau reporter for KRON-TV, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco. While at KRON she earned an Emmy for a documentary on the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. She also reported extensively on pesticide issues and selenium contamination at the Kesterson Wildlife Refuge in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Prior to that she was a general assignment reporter for KCRA-TV in Sacramento. A graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., Ginger and her husband live in Sacramento. They have a grown daughter, Eva.