We’re excited to kick off TrueStory 2015 with some fantastic readers. Join us for our next event on Thursday, January 15th at 7 pm. We will be at Shine, located on the corner of 14th & E Street. As usual we will be hosting an open mic, so be sure to arrive early if you’d like to sign up. We look forward to seeing you there–and don’t forget, there’s a $6 cover!
Kneece Camp Sasser is a high school ESL teacher in Sacramento, where she has lived for the past five years. In her ninth year of teaching, she has taught everything from second grade to Travel English for French retirees in Normandy, France. Growing up in Cajun Country, near the bayous of southwestern Louisiana, she developed a deep love of all things French. This Francophile passion eventually lead her to spend two years teaching English in France and traveling the countryside to sample cheese and wine. In her spare time, She enjoys being outdoors, rock climbing with her husband and dog, or just hiking and camping. She also loves curling up by a roaring fire and reading memoirs. She is slowly piecing together the many vignettes that will one day comprise her own memoir.
Karen Levy is an Israeli-American writer and author of My Father’s Gardens (Homebound Publications 2013 and 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee). Her themes focus on divided loyalties as a result of belonging everywhere and nowhere.
Doug Greene is an award-winning author and photographer who will be reading from his first book From Grief to Grace: An Adventurer’s Journey from the Brink of Blindness which won the Transformational Author Writing Contest. It tracks his journey of going “down the rabbit hole” after learning he’s going blind from glaucoma, planning his suicide, then going through “the eye of the needle” while doing the first item on his bucket list. Prior to being an author, Doug worked as a writer and editor, photographer and photo editor, and online content developer and information architect. He now works as an online video producer and eLearning developer. His writing and/ or photography has appeared in Outside, Backpacker, Ski, Skiing, L.A. Times, NY Times, American Cinematographer, and other publications. You can learn more about him at DougGreeneAuthor.com.
Wendy C. Ortiz is a Los Angeles native. Her first book, Excavation: A Memoir, was published by Future Tense Books in July 2014. Her second book, Hollywood Notebook, is forthcoming from Writ Large Press in spring 2015. She wrote the year-long, monthly column “On the Trail of Mary Jane” about medical marijuana dispensary culture in Southern California for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Wendy holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. A Writer-in-Residence at Hedgebrook in 2007 and 2009, Wendy is also co-founder and curator of the Rhapsodomancy Reading Series at the Good Luck Bar in Hollywood. Wendy has written op-eds for The Olympian and the Los Angeles Times, as well as numerous articles for Works In Progress in Olympia, Washington.Wendy is at work on a book based on her Modern Love essay published in The New York Times, as well as an essay collection. She writes, parents, and works as a marriage and family therapist intern in Los Angeles. She can be found on Twitter: @WendyCOrtiz, and through her website: http://www.wendyortiz.com.