Readers Announced for TrueStory on 8/25/16

TrueStory is back again this August at the Warehouse Artist Lofts in Sacramento! Join us at 1108 R Street at 7pm on Thursday, August 25 for another night of telling true stories. In typical TrueStory fashion we will be hosting an open mic, so come early to sign up and get a spot on the lineup!

Note that for this event, we’ll be selling tickets ahead of time: $6 in advance or $10 at the door. Purchase advance tickets online here:

Meet Our Readers

Dave Kempa is a freelance reporter and adjunct professor of journalism at American River College. Holding a BS in English-Creative Writing and a master’s in journalism, Kempa earned a Robert F. Kennedy Award for Journalism for his 2009 long-form exploration on why Mexico’s young men continued to risk their lives crossing the United States border. Today he focuses his reporting on poverty issues in the Sacramento region and serves on the board of 916 Ink, where he is relearning the catharsis and joy experienced by children as they discover their voices through writing.



J.J. Anselmi is the author of Heavy: A Memoir of Wyoming, BMX, Drugs, and Heavy Fucking Music, which was published by Rare Bird in January 2016. J.J. holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from CSU Fresno, and he loves to beat the shit out of the drums.




Carole Firstman is the author of Origins of the Universe and What It All Means: A Memoir (Dzanc, 2016). Her work has been anthologized in Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood; essays have appeared in Colorado Review, South Dakota Review, Watershed Review, Defunct Magazine, and Knee Jerk Magazine; she has been a regular journalism contributor to many consumer magazines and newspapers, including Lifestyle Magazine, The Valley Voice, Gannett Newspapers and McClatchy Newspapers. Honors include a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and two Notables in Best American Essays. Carole teaches creative writing at California State University, Fresno.