Readers Announced for TrueStory on 7/17/14


It’s summer! And what better time of year to hear some great true stories read in front of a live audience? Join us for our next event on Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m. We are returning to Shine at 14th & E Streets and have some amazing readers lined up. As usual we will 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, July 17–and, don’t forget, there’s a $5 cover!



Robin Martin is a freelance writer and editor, whose work has appeared in Narrative MagazineRain TaxiWord RiotAmerican River Review, and others. Robin owns Two Songbirds Press, and offers publishing consultation and assistance to writers pursuing self-publishing. She performs evaluations and critiques of manuscripts and writing master class tutorials as well as editorial services, including substantive and line edits for papers, e-books, traditional fiction and nonfiction. She specializes in general fiction, biography, memoir, rock-n-roll, urban, short story, and health and nutrition books.



Joan Eddy observes all things living and thrumming, revels in her growing garden, and has been known to mete out unequal justice on tomato worms (evil) and dirt worms (good) in Sacramento. She has written fiction and poetry with Carolyn Kizer, Karl Shapiro, Ray Carver, Kathleen Frazer, and James Houston. Professionally, she worked with The California Writing Project, a national writing initiative to assist teachers of writing, teaching writing to students and their teachers, grades 7 through university level. She has published academic pieces in educational journals, and her poetry has appeared in The Source, Signature: the Santa Cruz Poets, The Homestead Review, Author! Author!, and La Gazette.


erica von rath


Erica von Rath is a Sacramento native and professional anomaly. She toured with Cirque du Soleil, worked inside a famous prison, and helped regulate the death care industry. Erica recently published her first book, So Many Tools in the Internet Shed, based on a silly blog she kept for friends about her online dating experiences. She earned her degree in Mass Communication and Criminal Justice from CSU Sacramento a very long time ago. Erica’s appeared on the game shows Win Ben Stein’s Money and Lingo with Chuck Woolery. Jeopardy! won’t have her yet. She is also a fierce advocate for colon cancer prevention in honor of her late mother, Diane. Erica is a licensed cosmetologist working on her next writing project, Hair AmErica, based on her experience as a more “mature” beauty school student. It’s basically a reality show in a book. The screenplay is next. Find more at:


Steve Gutierrez


Stephen D. Gutierrez is the author of the recently published The Mexican Man in His Backyard, Stories and Essays. This completes his trilogy of autobiographical and varied short stories he calls My Three-Volume BOXED Set. Elements, which won the Nilon Award from FC2, and Live from Fresno y Los, winner of an American Book Award, make up the rest of it. He has published both fiction and creative nonfiction in many magazines, anthologies and newspapers, including, most recently, New California Writing 2013, Catamaran Literary Reader, and Alaska Quarterly Review. He is at work on a new collection of stories based on his alter ego Walter C. Ramirez. Gutierrez has also written plays that have been performed in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Buffalo, New York. “Game Day” was the winner of the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition in the One-Act Category. He teaches fiction writing at California State University East Bay.