The Music of Chris Jones

The Music of Chris Jones
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Belle Cooledge Library

Chris Jones is an up and coming American singer, songwriter, producer, and musician based out of Sacramento, CA.

With music residing in the midtempo range and delivering a thoughtful, honest, worldly, and smooth sound, his lyrics often deal with themes of love, drugs, and pain. He views his music as influenced by a variety of artists, including Frank Ocean, Carlos Santana, Prince, Marvin Gaye and D’Angelo.

The Love Experiment: Vol. 1., Chris’ debut album, is scheduled to release this year.

We look forward to Chris sharing an evening full of original music with us at our next Scriptorium – Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Belle Cooledge Library. This event is open to the community.

We hope to see you there in support of a full-time Sacramento artist!

Take a moment to learn more about The Music of Chris Jones.

Poet Andrew Duke Killmer

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Saturday, February 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Robbie Waters Library

Our next Scriptorium is February 25!

Poet Andrew Duke Killmer will be our next guest at Scriptorium Saturday!

Andrew’s poems and stories have appeared in print and online in The Suisun Valley Review, Brev Spread, and The Black Rabbit Magazine.

In 2010, he received the Quinton Duval Award in Creative Writing, and in 2015 won the Dominic J. Bazzanella Literary Award (1st place, Graduate Poetry).

In addition to poetry, he writes fiction and non-fiction, mostly by longhand.

Andrew holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from California State University, Sacramento, and intends to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing in 2018.

He is currently working on a project centered on what it means to be a 20/21st century American.

Andrew lives in South Sacramento with his wife and their dog, Pig.

We look forward to Andrew joining us at the next Scriptorium – and you as well!

Open mic to follow Andrew’s presentation.

Jacque LaRue: From Darkness To His Marvelous Light

Jacque LaRue: From Darkness To His Marvelous Light
A Testimony
(Followed by Open Mic)
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 6 p.m. Belle Cooledge Library

larueOctober is that time of the year when the world sets aside special time to celebrate darkness and its many recesses, whether ignorantly or not.

What an ideal time, then, to expose that darkness and put attention on the light of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.

Join us as former R & B musician Jacque LaRue of the singing group LaRue shares her amazing story of coming to faith in Jesus Christ in the midst of the darkness of the entertainment industry.

You won’t want to miss this event. We hope you invite somebody whose life can be impacted by her testimony, in which she chose, as the Scripture advises, to not exchange her soul for the brokenness of the world.

This event is open to the community.

We’ll also have an open mic for the community to share testimonies, poem and songs on transformation and restoration.

Doug Rice

dougSacramento State professor Doug Rice is a novelist, photographer, theorist, and scholar. He teaches film theory and history.

Doug is the author of numerous books including Blood of Mugwump (selected by late novelist Kathy Acker as runner-up Fiction Collective 2 First Novel Award, 1996), Skin Prayer (Eraserhead Press, 2002), An Erotics of Seeing (Black Scat Books 2015), and the recently published Here Lies Memory (Black Scat Books, 2016).

Doug’s fiction, memoirs and creative nonfiction have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals such as Avant Pop: Fiction for a Daydream Nation, Kiss the Sky, The Dirty Fabulous Anthology, Alice Redux, Phanthoms of Desire, and others.

He was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Scholar Award from Sacramento State University, and recipient of the 2007 University President’s Award for Scholarship from Sacramento State University.

His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, which recognizes the country’s top fiction, poetry, and essays published in small presses the previous year.

Doug holds a B.A. degree from Slippery Rock State College (Pennsylvania), a M.A. degree from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh), and studied for his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught creative writing and film studies at Duquesne University, LaRoche College, Kent State University and other universities.

On October 1, 2016, Doug read from his newest book, Here Lies Memory, which explores the place of memory in the daily practice of living, examines what language and photographs do to memory, desire and love, and investigates what gentrification is doing to the personal lives of those people disappearing from the streets and homes in the Hill District and the North Side of Pittsburgh.

Marc Anthony Richardson

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Year of the Rat, his debut novel, was winner of the Ronald Sukenick innovative fiction prize. A ten-year endeavour, Year of the Rat focuses on themes of critical social issues concerning minorities and the poor, dysfunctional families, sickness and mental disorders, the elderly and the disabled, substance abuse, and over-medicating.
Marc joined novelist Doug Rice at Scriptorium to read from his debut novel Year of the Rat on October 1, 2016.

Doug Rice & Marc Anthony Richardson

Circle Saturday, October 1, 2016 on your calendar as two phenomenal novelists make their way to Scriptorium to read from their new novels! Be some of the first to hear their new work.

Sacramento State professor Doug Rice is a novelist, photographer, theorist, and scholar. He teaches film theory and history.

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Doug Rice

Doug is the author of numerous books including Blood of Mugwump (selected by late novelist Kathy Acker as runner-up Fiction Collective 2 First Novel Award, 1996), Skin Prayer (Eraserhead Press, 2002), An Erotics of Seeing (Black Scat Books 2015), and the recently published Here Lies Memory (Black Scat Books, 2016).

Doug’s fiction, memoirs and creative nonfiction have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals such as Avant Pop: Fiction for a Daydream Nation, Kiss the Sky, The Dirty Fabulous Anthology, Alice Redux, Phanthoms of Desire, and others.

He was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Scholar Award from Sacramento State University, and recipient of the 2007 University President’s Award for Scholarship from Sacramento State University.

His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, which recognizes the country’s top fiction, poetry, and essays published in small presses the previous year.

Doug holds a B.A. degree from Slippery Rock State College (Pennsylvania), a M.A. degree from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh), and studied for his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught creative writing and film studies at Duquesne University, LaRoche College, Kent State University and other universities.

Doug will read from his newest book, Here Lies Memory, which explores the place of memory in the daily practice of living, examines what language and photographs do to memory, desire and love, and investigates what gentrification is doing to the personal lives of those people disappearing from the streets and homes in the Hill District and the North Side of Pittsburgh.

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Marc Anthony Richardson

Marc Anthony Richardson is a novelist and artist from Philadelphia.

Year of the Rat, his debut novel, was winner of the Ronald Sukenick innovative fiction prize. A ten-year endeavour, Year of the Rat focuses on themes of critical social issues concerning minorities and the poor, dysfunctional families, sickness and mental disorders, the elderly and the disabled, substance abuse, and over-medicating.

Marc will join Doug at Scriptorium and read from his new, debut novel Year of the Rat.

Save the Date! Saturday, October 1, 2016 will be an incredible evening with two exceptional authors.

Open to the Community | Refreshments

Jovonny “JDWorldWide” Devicente

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jovonny “JDWorldWide” Devicente is a poet, hip-hop artist and activist.

Over the years he has performed all over the Los Angeles area, including the famous performing arts theatre, Da Poetry Lounge, Los Angeles City Hall, and the internet radio program Speak and B Heard.

He wrote, directed, and starred in the documentary Police State (currently in post production). In the documentary he speaks with various people throughout Los Angeles about their social views, and interviews the creator of the Zeitgeist Film Series, Peter Joseph.

Now that Jovonny’s relocated to Sacramento, you can find him performing his music and poetry at various local venues including Old Ironsides, Queen Sheeba and Scriptorium Saturday.

His efforts as a conscious artist and thinker have not gone unnoticed, especially in the hip-hop community. His Twitter account @jdworldwide has landed follows from Public Enemy’s Professor Griff and Digital Underground.

Jovonny’s work focuses on conspiracy, philosophy, spirituality and global social issues.

He will perform music and poetry at Scriptorium on Saturday, September 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m., at Robbie Waters Library. Come prepared to get some knowledge!

Open to the Community | Refreshments | Open Mic

Elsa Valmidiano

DSC_0498 copyPhilippine-born and LA-raised Elsa Valmidiano is a writer, poet, feminist, literary activist, globe trekker, and women’s freedom fighter.

Elsa began writing as early as she started reading. Though life took some turns as she studied law and became an activist for women’s rights in the U.S. and her Motherland, the Philippines, she never stopped writing and incorporates much of her activism into her writing, preferring to term herself “literary activist.”

Her works have appeared in local literary journals such as Maganda Magazine, Tayo, Make/shift, Burner, As/Us, Literature for Life, and others, as well as the anthologies Field of Mirrors, Walang Hiya, Same Difference, and Circe’s Lament. She was shortlisted for the Ivy Terasaka Award for the Short Story and a finalist for the Rita Dove Award for Poetry.

She will serve as Fiction Editor for As/Us and seeks those whose stories need to be told, especially in an industry that oftentimes marginalizes and tries to silence stories of “otherness.”

Elsa holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC San Diego, a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Mills College. She has performed numerous readings throughout the Bay Area.

Elsa currently resides in Oakland with her husband.

She was our special guest at Scriptorium on August 6, 2016.

Inaugural L.O.V.E. Project: Strategies in Education

Our inaugural L.O.V.E. Project session kicked off on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Robbie Waters Library and was a tremendous event! I wish more people could’ve heard these remarkable educators – with more than 90 combined years experience in education – share their insight into how we can serve our students as parents, teachers, and communities. If you are a parent, this event was for you as we head back into the school year.

Critical thinking is an essential component of Common Core. How often are you encouraging your children to critically think?

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Lisa Silvera is a 36 year veteran teacher.

“To start critical thinking at home, start off with a ‘What if?’ when you’re home with your children, cooking in the kitchen, having dinner together or whatever family things you do together. Always try to pose questions to them that start off with a ‘What if?’ because they’ve got some really good ideas. They’re thinking, and you can kind of help push that out.

In tomorrow’s world when they’re at their job and working on a team, they have to be able to speak well, have very good vocabulary, and have to demonstrate what they mean. They have to get that picture that’s in their head out there in front of everybody.” – Lisa Silvera

Turn failure into success. Are you aware of what your child/children’s strengths are?

“Don’t take failure as failure. Failure is success because now you know what not to do. I tell my students you can’t fail. You cannot fail.”

“See where your child is strong.”

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Deborah Williams taught for 16 years.

“Let’s focus on [students’ strengths] and try to build them up with the strengths God gave them. If we start comparing our children with somebody else, they’re going to feel like a failure because God didn’t make them like that. He made them this, and it’s a perfect you.” – Deborah Williams

Think It. Say It. Write It. Read It.: Finding Pathways to Achievement

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Hollis Hepper has been a speech pathologist for 14 years.

“As far as strategies and learning to find their voice, you learn about what type of learner [students] are. Maybe they don’t read, but they can act really well, so that’s going to be a strength of theirs. So then you have them write a little play, even if you’re dictating it for them. The words they’re going to use they’re going to be able to read. That whole Anita Archer thing – if you can think it, you can say it, if you can say it, you can write it, if you write it you can read it. It’s that can-do attitude.” – Hollis Hepper

Parents want to know they are important. And that their children are, too.

“Your children buy into their teachers, which is one of the most important ingredients to pushing that child to achieve. Even with the parents, they have to feel they can trust the teachers. You’re building trust through your interaction. Just the little things that you do matter in the eyes of a parent who has nowhere else to go.

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Andrea Francis is a 25-year educator.

Teachers who know how to build solid relationships with their students can get almost anything they want out of those kids. And parents support that kind of learning, they support that kind of education.

What they don’t want is to feel devalued. And they don’t want their children to feel devalued. But when you feel like you’re a contributor in a classroom, a valued contributor, you feel like this is where you belong. This is a place I can learn and be successful.” – Andrea Francis

 

Joy Elan

IMG_3694Joy is an award winning spoken word artist hailing from Oakland and Berkeley. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies from UC Berkeley and her Master of Arts degree in Education from Stanford University.

She has authored five books, and in June 2014 won third place in Oakland’s Got Talent for her spoken word piece, I’m A Survivor. In 2015, Joy was awarded Poetry Video of the Year by the National Poetry Awards for her video performance of I’m A Survivor.

Joy writes about local and national social issues, especially within the Black and disability communities.

She joined us Saturday, June 25, 2016 to give her words, poetry and wisdom!