Get Hooked on a Local Author at the CWC Annual Book Launch—6/19/21
The California Writer’s Club is hosting its annual launch party for member authors who were published in 2020-2021. Join us to hear eight fresh voices span genres from women’s fiction to thrillers, and self-help. A unique opportunity to absorb the vibrant local lit scene and get some great new books!
The Zoom will open at 3:00 p.m. on June 19th. We will install the new 2021 board before the reading begins around 3:30. The event is free and you can register your ticket here.
This year, we are eager to feature:
Paul Corman-Roberts, author of Bone Moon Palace
(Nomadic Press, 2021)
“What a treasure this collection is. Paul Corman-Roberts is a master of metaphor. This poetry is a walk through reality and right now reality is hard. But I didn’t once feel bereft, though I cried twice—I felt confirmed and thus accompanied by something powerful.”
—Judy Grahn, author of Edward the Dyke and Other Poems and The Work of a Common Woman
Paul Corman-Roberts is an original founder of Oakland’s Beast Crawl Poetry Festival, which hopes to revive itself in 2022, and he teaches profusely for the SF Creative Writing Institute and OUSD. He the author of numerous poetry collections, and sometimes plays drums with the U.S. Ghostal Service.
Bobbie Kinkead, author of Damsels Overcome
(As Is Productions for BobbieTales, 2021)
This is a collection of folktales about damsels with the abilities to overcome social oppression. Courageous, talented survivors, these intelligent damsels do what they must within male social norms of that time and today.
Bobbie Kinkead loves story; all her life she was famous for make-up stories. From back roads fishing and hunting gold in Colorado, to the frozen tundras of Alaska, Bobbie now nests in the rich diversity of California’s East Bay. She has studied with the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators, the Storytelling Association of California, the Core of Storytellers at the Asian Museum in San Francisco, and the California Writers Club. A superb storyteller, Bobbie is also a creative illustrator, and observant writer. Today she blends her skills of illustration with written and spoken words to product stories for others to enjoy.
Lily Iona MacKenzie, author of No More Kings
(Prolific Press, 2021)
“’All my pockets are full / of dread,’ Lily Iona Mackenzie writes, as she navigates cycles of hope and despair for a beloved husband struggling with cancer. Each finely crafted poem in this powerful collection comes alive on the page while she traces the days’ journeys with a painter’s eye, a musician’s ear, and the deft pen of a poet. No More Kings calls out to all who have experienced that deepest and most human of cares: concern for the health of a loved one.” —Jackie Kudler, poet, Sacred Precinct and Easing into Dark
Lily Iona MacKenzie’s reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir have been published in over 165 American and Canadian venues. Her novels include, Fling! (Pen-L Publishing, 2015), Curva Peligrosa (Regal House Publishing, 2017), and Freefall: A Divine Comedy. Her poetry collection All This was published in 2011, and chapbook No More Kings came out in 2020. Lily currently teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco’s Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning. She blogs at http://lilyionamackenzie.com.
Cecilia Johansen, author of Kimsey Rise: A Family of Farmers
(Page Publishing, 2021)
Kimsey Rise: A Family of Farmers is a riveting tale of one Scottish clan’s journey from their native Highlands to the American colonies.
Cecilia Johansen, a California native who lived in the lush upcountry of Waimea, Hawaii Island with her late second husband, cofounded the Hawaii Writers Guild and wrote her first novel The Canoe Maker’s Son. She ultimately returned to her home state to continue her literary career.
Therese Pipe, author of A Life in Cooperatives
1938-1992 — Robert K. (Bob) March, the Berkeley Co-op and the Cooperative Movement (Co-Editor and Oral Historian)
(Berkeley Historical Society, 2021)
Terry Tierney, author of The Poet’s Garage
(Unsolicited Press, 2020)
The Poet’s Garage by Terry Tierney is a provocative poetry collection enriched by deep images that refuse to remain static. Poems begin with epiphany-esque imagery only to morph into something radically new. Readers may begin a poem at Dairy Queen only to find themselves witnessing the implications of homelessness. Tierney weaves through poems with lucid metaphor, tinted lenses (which are not rose-colored), and painful memories made beautiful through language. The Poet’s Garage is an invaluable addition to the canon of California poetry.
Terry Tierney’s poetry collection, The Poet’s Garage, was published by Unsolicited Press in 2020. Lucky Ride, his irreverent Vietnam-era road novel, is set to release in 2021. His poetry and fiction often feature sentient birds and plants, twisted relationships, humor, and epiphany. Hailing from the Midwest, he has planted roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. After serving in the Seabees, he completed his BA and MA at Binghamton University, and completed a PhD in Victorian Literature at Emory University. He taught college composition and creative writing courses before surviving several Silicon Valley startups as a software engineer. More can be found at http://terrytierney.com.
Keith Mark Gaboury, author of Oakland, I’m Not Dead
(The Pedestrian Press, 2021)
Oakland, I’m Not Dead is a chapbook of surreal dialogue prose poems that starts simple and then builds to absurd levels. An unexpected adventure of poetic delight.
Keith Mark Gaboury earned a M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. His poems have appeared in such literary publications as Poetry Quarterly and New Millennium Writings along with chapbooks from Duck Lake Books and The Pedestrian Press. He has a forthcoming chapbook from Finishing Line Press. Keith lives in Oakland, California.
Henry Hitz, author of Squirrels in the Wall: A Novel in Stories
Squirrels in the Wall is a collection of interspecies voices that presents a unique and darkly hilarious blend of human and animal perspectives in a single setting on a Wisconsin lake.
Henry Hitz taught pre-school for 30 years and organized public school parents for another 15. He has published stories in Cube Magazine, Magnolia Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, and Moonfish. His first novel, Tales of Monkeyman won the Walter Van Tilburg Clark Prize. His novel White Knight was published in 2016 by Wordrunner Press.