Readers Announced for TrueStory on 7/16/15

Join us for our next event on Thursday, July 16, 7 p.m. We will be at our usual spot: Shine, located on the corner of 14th & E Street, and, as always, 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–and don’t forget, there’s a $6 cover!

Lois Ann


Lois Ann Abraham teaches creative writing and literature at American River College. Her work has been published in Sojourner, Chico News & Review, Writing on the Edge, Burning the Little Candle (Ad Lumen) and elsewhere. A collection of her short fiction, Circus Girl & Other Stories, was released in summer of 2014. Watch for her novel, Tina Goes to Heaven, currently out and looking for the right publisher. A second novel, Stillscape with Ashes, is half-drafted. She lives in Sacramento with husband and calico cat, Ella Fitzgerald.




BradBrad Branan is a Senior Writer at The Sacramento Bee, where he investigates local government. He has been a reporter since college and also worked at newspapers in Fresno, Tucson and Little Rock. As someone who grew up in Minnesota, he thinks moving to California is one of the best things that’s happened to him — even if the first stop was Fresno. He is working on a book-length memoir with the working title A Family Curse.



Beatrice M. Hogg was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and raised in the coal-mining town of Lawrence, Pennsylvania. She has a BA in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Since moving to California in 1988, her articles and essays have appeared in many publications, such as the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News and Review, Reminisce, Astronomy, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her work is featured in several anthologies and online journals, including and About Place. Genesis Press published her novel Three Chords One Song as an e-Book in 2012. Her monthly column, “Financial Graffiti,” can be found at She is working on a book about her experiences as a long-term unemployed woman over fifty. Her short essays on family, music, and more can be found on her blog,


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Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, Dictionary Poems, and the novels The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement, Self Storage, Delta Girls, and My Life with the Lincolns, which received a Silver Nautilus Book Award and was chosen as a state-wide read in Wisconsin. Gayle served as Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012-2014. She teaches in the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and was Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence at Sierra Nevada College for the 2014-2015 academic year; she loved Lake Tahoe so much, she decided to stay. Gayle is mom to kids born in 1990, 1993 and 2009.


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