We are excited to announce the featured readers for TrueStory on Thursday, 10/17 at 7 p.m. Check out their bios and we will see you in a few weeks. Don’t forget to arrive early if you want to sign up for the open mic!
Laura-Lynne Powell is a writer at the Capitol Morning Report, an online newsletter of politics and public policy in Sacramento. She was raised in a boisterous and happy Irish Catholic family in New England where she learned the power of story and to trust in the truth. She came to age in the Watergate era and sought a career in journalism that led to 15 years at newspapers in Connecticut and in Southern California. She and her husband Dave, also a reporter, moved to Sacramento upon the adoption of their first son. That’s when she began to focus on personal essay and memoir and won writing fellowships at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island, WA, and at One Writers’ Place on Cape Cod. Her essays have appeared in newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times and have aired on NPR. She continues to follow the advice of a mentor, the writer Joyce Maynard, who urged her to let her obsession become the engine of her work. For a long time, that obsession has been exploring the world of a mother’s heart.
Long Lim is a graduate student in the English department at CSU Sacramento. Before this, he was a substitute teacher and mail packager, bulk mail stuffer in other words. He’s been living in Sacramento since 1996, when his family moved here from San Jose. He was twelve then. And he’s still here: there is something about the valley and the stretch of land between these two cities that has always been a part of his writing. He has been published in the UC Davis student literary journal, Penumbra, the CSU Stanislaus art journal, and he has also published What We Miss When We Miss, a chapbook of short stories and flash fiction. Besides writing, he also dabbles with pictures. He’s interested in the narrative possibilities they often share with, or add to, text.
Kate Asche, M.A., writes poetry, essays and short stories. She’s a creative writing teacher and literary community builder. A graduate of the UC Davis Creative Writing Program, she was a finalist for the 2011 Audio Contest at The Missouri Review. She has published poetry in RHINO, Bellingham Review, Confrontation, Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets (2012 Anthology) and elsewhere, with work forthcoming in Quiddity. Her creative nonfiction appears in Under the Gum Tree. She received two Elliot Gilbert Prizes in Poetry and an Academy of American Poets Award. A trained facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) Method. 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. She currently offers workshops in Sacramento as well as manuscript coaching to writing groups and individuals. She volunteers as associate editor of Tule Review (a publication of Sacramento Poetry Center), supports Sacramento Public Library and helps to spread the word about 916 INK, a local youth literacy organization inspired by 826 Valencia. Follow her and get the scoop on local writing events at kateasche.com.
Janelle Hanchett is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mother of questionable disposition to three kids aged 11, 8, and 3. She lives in Yolo County with those kids, two dogs, a cat, and a husband who thinks “getting dressed up” means shaving his forearm so his tattoo shows up more clearly. Her favorite line from any song is “Everybody who’s anybody, in my opinion, at one time lived in somebody’s hallway.” This should provide sufficient background on Janelle’s former life and general approach to the world. If you want, you can join her in the fight against helpful parenting advice at her blog, Renegade Mothering.