We are excited to announce the readers and a new location for the next TrueStory event. We’ll be Downtown at Shine on 14th & E Streets beginning at 6 p.m. As usual we will also be hosting an open mic, so be sure to arrive early if you’d like to sign up. Check out our reader bios and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday, April 17.
As a self-proclaimed woman in progress, Janna Marlies Maron, writes, edits, publishes and compulsively starts new projects. As a writer she hopes to inspire others to action by telling her personal story, and as a publisher she hopes to provide others the opportunity to do the same. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and teaches composition at Sacramento City College and William Jessup University. When she’s not curating stories for Under the Gum Tree or TrueStory, you can find Janna tooling around town with her husband Jeremy on their red Vespa or holding down the fort at ThinkHouse Collective in Midtown Sacramento.
Bridget Crenshaw Mabunga earned an MA in Creative Writing from Sacramento State, where she won a Bazanella award for graduate creative nonfiction, and her work has appeared in Under the Gum Tree and Kartika Review and is included in the 2012-2013 Kartika Review anthology. She was an Assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine for over four years and teaches writing for Folsom Lake College and Sacramento State. She writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and annotated recipes.
Cori Martinez, author of the beautiful and relatable debut memoir Plus One: Finding God on the Yoga Mat, has been teaching yoga for 15 years. Her passion is to support and model living with honesty, skill and grace–which she does as a writer, a retreat leader, a teacher of self-inquiry, yoga, yoga teacher trainings, and by being a devoted wife and mother who is consistently behind on the laundry. Cori also owns Asha Yoga in Sacramento (so I’m sure you can understand about the laundry, even if it drives her husband crazy).
Joey Garcia has dispensed wise, witty and practical advice to readers of the Sacramento News & Review since 1996. She is the author of the new book When Your Heart Breaks, It’s Opening to Love: Healing and Finding Love After an Affair, Heartbreak or Divorce available on Amazon.com in Kindle and print formats, and in bookstores. Joey’s poetry has been published in Calyx, The Caribbean Writer, in four anthologies and is forthcoming in Presence International Journal. In addition, Joey’s poems have received the Isadore Paiewonsky Poetry Prize, Honorable Mention in the Randall Jarrell International Poetry Competition, and first place in the Sacramento Library Poetry Contest. Joey has also been awarded poetry fellowships to Spoleto, Italy and Paris, France. She is at work on a novel. Born in Belize, Joey leads writing workshops on a beautiful Caribbean Island. Discover more at: www.joeygarcia.com.