2021 Meetings

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Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021
Fact and Truth: Fiction and Nonfiction
Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Shelley Blanton-Stroud will discuss the theme of Fact and Fiction in her novel Copy Boy, historical references that set it in motion, as well as the opportunities and obligations that come with fictionalizing history.

Shelley Blanton-Stroud grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the field. She teaches college writing in Northern California and consults with writers in the energy industry. Shelley co-directs Stories on Stage Sacramento, where actors perform the stories of established and emerging authors, and serves on the advisory board of 916 Ink, an arts-based creative writing nonprofit for children. She has also served on the Writers’ Advisory Board for the Belize Writers’ Conference. Copy Boy is her first novel, and she’s currently working on her second. She also writes and publishes flash fiction and non-fiction, which you can find in such journals as Brevity and Cleaver. She and her husband live in Sacramento with an aging beagle and many photos of their out-of-state sons.

ShelleyBlantonStroud.com/

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021
Chair
Jeane Slone

Author Launch 2020-21

Celebrate the success of Bay Area authors at the annual Redwood Writers Author Launch event. Listen to excerpts from new books published by our members, and meet local authors online on Zoom.

Below, click on a book for more information about the book and its author.

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Saturday, Mar. 20, 2021
Writing the Image, Drawing the Text
Sarah Rabkin

Sarah Rabkin will use materials from workshops she has led at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology to show us the ways visual and verbal expression can stimulate and enrich each other. She will show examples from the illustrated journals she has been keeping for decades, sharing her experiences and musings as a writer who also makes pictures.

Sarah notes, "Many writers also draw and paint, delighting in the ways these activities complement and enrich each other. Whatever your level of skill and experience in either discipline, jumping the divide between verbal and visual expression can stimulate your creative life in both realms. There's no end to the discoveries you can make by engaging alternately in image and language, or by allowing pictures and text to interact on the page."

Sarah Rabkin is the author and illustrator of What I Learned at Bug Camp: Essays on Finding a Home in the World. A former high school biology teacher, science journalist, and UC Santa Cruz faculty member in writing and environmental studies, she now works as a freelance editor and independent teacher. Her writing retreats and workshops foster creativity and craft, gentle activism, and awareness of the larger-than-human world.

Sarah’s work has appeared in a variety of regional and national periodicals and in numerous anthologies, including How to Teach Nature Journaling; The Way of Natural History; Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness; A Forest of Voices: Conversations in Ecology; and Storming Heaven’s Gate: An Anthology of Spiritual Writings by Women. She co-edited Cultivating a Movement: An Oral History of Organic Farming & Sustainable Agriculture on California’s Central Coast and Seeds of Something Different: An Oral History of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Her current book-in-progress is titled The Quiet Activist: How Artists, Dreamers, and Hermits Help Heal the World. She lives near Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband, poet Charles Atkinson.

SarahRabkin.com/

Saturday, Apr. 17, 2021
Writing Our Way Out of Our Crises
Phyllis Meshulam

Many writers also draw and paint, delighting in the ways these activities complement and enrich each other. Whatever your level of skill and experience in either discipline, jumping the divide between verbal and visual expression can stimulate your creative life in both realms. There’s no end to the discoveries you can make by engaging alternately in image and language, or by allowing pictures and text to interact on the page. Sarah will show examples from the illustrated journals she has been keeping for several decades, sharing her experiences and musings as a writer who also makes pictures.

Phyllis Meshulam is the current Poet Laureate of Sonoma County. She’s the author of five collections of poetry, most recently: Land of My Father’s War, winner of an Artists Embassy International Prize, 2019, published by Cherry Grove Collections. Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States, said of Meshulam’s book, an “urgency of spirit has emerged eloquently here in these poems of perception and even prophecy….”

Meshulam’s work has appeared in literary magazines from Ars Medica to Teachers & Writers. Meshulam has taught with California Poets in the Schools for more than 20 years and in settings from 2nd-grade classrooms to juvenile hall.

She co-ordinated Sonoma County’s Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide high school recitation program, for 13 years. She also edited CalPoets’ Poetry Crossing, which Poetry Flash called “a joyful collection of lessons and poems.” She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her BA from Pomona College. She also has her bilingual certificate of competence from the state of California.