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May 2016

May 22nd: House Concert in Santa Barbara, with Kanga LaVrado & Maggie McKaig

May 22, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This is a concert in a private home; please email for information, or visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/461426787389232/462575837274327/

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June 2016

June 4: Fair Use in Boise; Fundraiser for the Foote House Project

June 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Danny Peterson Theatre,
Boise State University
Boise, ID United States
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Mary Hallock Foote & Wallace Stegner: An ongoing dilemma of authorship. Sands's comic-drama, Fair Use, which explores the controversy surrounding Wallace Stegner's use of the life and the verbatim writing of 19th century artist/illustrator, Mary Hallock Foote in his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Angle of Repose, receives a staged reading in Boise, ID. The reading serves as a fundraiser for the Foote Park, to protect what's left of the building where they lived near the Snake River, and to relay information about this…

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June 26th: FAIR USE at the Northstar in Grass Valley, California

June 26, 2016 @ 2:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Northstar House,
Grass Valley, CA 95959 United States
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NSH_FairUse_sm_posterA reading of Sands Hall's play, which explores the controversy surrounding Wallace Stegner's use of Mary Hallock Foote's life and writing in his novel Angle of Repose. Takes place in the courtyard of the Footes' Grass Valley home. Tickets $15; all proceeds benefit The Northstar House.

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July 2016

July 16th, 4:00: Featured Songwriter at Luna Cafe’s Songwriter Showcase: Sacramento

July 16, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Luna Cafe,
1414 16th Street
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Art Luna is a terrific supporter of the arts in Sacramento, and in his legendary Cafe he has hosted hundreds of memorable literary and musical events. I'm delighted to be part of this one: Songwriter Showcase, with host Tony Galioto. Other songwriters include Jahari Sal and Steve Montgomery; there's also an open mic—bring your instrument and play a song! Terrific food and beverage. Luna's is a lovely place to spend a Saturday afternoon and we all hope to see you there. 4:00-7:00.    

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July 25-August 1: Community of Writers, Squaw Valley

July 25, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - August 1, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Once again I have the great good pleasure of being a member of the staff of the Community of Writers, Squaw Valley. While the morning workshops are limited to Conference participants, the afternoon and evening panels, lectures, and readings are open to the public (donations happily accepted!). You can find those options here.

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August 2016

August 7th, 5:00: Songwriter Sunday at the Nevada City Winery, featuring Stephen Holland

August 7, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nevada City Winery,
301 Spring Street
Nevada City,
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Sure to be a memorable Songwriter Sunday! Featured is Stephen Holland, with his gorgeous voice and intricate and intriguing songs. The captivating young singer/songwriter Hayley Pritchard will open, and I'll play some songs with a few dear friends sitting in. Following this Songwriter Sunday, we'll take a break for a few months, as I'll be back east teaching for fall semester, but starting next January we have a terrific lineup for Songwriter Sunday's third season. A wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with community, to sip delectable…

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January 2017

Sierra Writer’s Conference Critique Fest

January 20, 2017 @ 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Sierra College,
United States
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An opportunity to have a piece of your work read and critiqued by peers and a writer/teacher of writing. You'll not only get feedback on your own work, but learn tips on how to be a terrific workshop participant—and your own best editor. Register now; seats are limited: http://www.sierrawritersconference.com/

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January 2018


January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Open Book,
671 Maltman Drive
Grass Valley, CA United States
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A FUNDRAISER for the Sierra Writers Conference. Produced by Carolyn Crane. Everyone presenting this night will be doing so “by heart,” including the multi-talented Grace Totherow, who'll also MC, and the ever-astonishing Chris Olander; I’ll be singing as well as contributing spoken word. Plus there's a Haiku Open Mic!

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Sierra Writers Conference

January 20
Sierra College,
United States
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The theme for this year's Sierra Writers Conference is VOICES AND VISIONS. I’ll be offering a seminar on Point of View (one of my favorite topics), and many other wonderful writers—including Rachel Howard, Kim Culbertson, and Betsy Fassbinder—will share their views on a variety of fascinating subjects.

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February 2018

Sierra Stages’s Theatre by the Book: DEAR ELIZABETH, by Sarah Ruhl

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Miners Foundry Cultural Center,
325 Spring Street
Nevada City,
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Sarah Ruhl’s wonderful script, DEAR ELIZABETH, laces together letters between two of the 20th century’s most beloved poets, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, to create a spellbinding, romantically charged, and deeply inspiring evening. With Trish Adair, Jon Enos, and Lindsay Dunckel. A perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day evening!

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