A native of Indiana, Mary Mackey has lived in Costa Rica and served as the Chair of PEN American Center West. She currently lives in Sacramento and is a Writer-in-Residence at CSUS. Mackey is the author of more than 15 books, including 5 books of poetry and her newest historical fiction novel, The Widow's War.
A poet and translator, Tim Kahl is Vice President of the Sacramento Poetry Center, and has had his work published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Fourteen Hills, Ninth Letter, The Journal, and Indiana Review. His first collection of poetry, Possessing Yourself, is available from WordTech Communications.
Eben07 is a character from a locally produced webcomic. His creators will be on hand to introduce the first issue, Operation: For the Love of Russia, as well as a preview of the second issue, Operation: Mongoose.
David 'Mas' Masumoto is a third-generation organic farmer and memoirist. His family farm produces peaches, grapes, nectarines, and raisins. As a writer, Masumoto is a columnist for the Sacramento Bee. His newest nonfiction book is Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies from the Land.
Garrison Keillor is an author, storyteller, actor, and public radio institution. His weekly variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, combines sketch comedy, music, and stories, and was made into a movie directed by Robert Altman. Keillor's books include Lake Wobegon Days and Life Among the Lutherans.
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A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Thomas Centolella has taught at Berkeley, the College of Marin, and in the California Poets in the Schools program. He currently lives in San Francisco. Centolella is the author of the poetry collections Terra Firma, Lights & Mysteries, and Views from Along the Middle Way.
Originally from Georgia, D.A. Powell attended Sonoma State University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He has taught at many universities including the University of Iowa, Columbia, and Harvard, and is the author of the poetry collections Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails. His newest book of poetry is entitled Chronic.