2021 Invited Workshop Presenters

Lisa Dominguez Abraham’s poems have appeared in journals such as Southern Review, North American Review and Poetry East. Her collection Mata Hari Blows a Kiss won the 2016 Swan Scythe Chapbook Contest, and her book Coyote Logic came out from Blue Oak Press in February 2019. She works at Cosumnes River College.

 JoAnn Anglin has published more than fifty poems and has taught poetry writing in schools, a hospital, senior center, and, currently, at a maximum-security prison. She has presented to the California Writers Club (Sacramento), to a church group, to a college class, and to a Renaissance Society class. She is a member of the Sacramento Poetry Center, California Poets in the Schools, and Writers of the New Sun.

Marcus Crowder has been a professional journalist for over twenty years including seventeen years as a senior writer and theater critic at the Sacramento Bee. Selected publications include the San Francisco Chronicle, California, 7×7, Sacramento News & Review and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has a bachelor’s degree in English/Writing from UC Davis and a master’s of fine arts in screenwriting from the American Film Institute.

Dale Flynn has taught writing at UC Davis for over thirty years, including advanced composition courses for students in health and biology studies, Journalism, and Medical Humanities. For many years she was the director of writing workshops across campus. In 2002, she became a Master Gardener. She frequently writes for the master gardener monthly newsletter, a welcome change from her academic writing. She grows over one hundred rosebushes in her front yard.

Jessilyn Gale teaches English and Communications studies at Cosumnes River College. Her pedagogies employ play theory and emerging social media. She has worked as a reporter and editor and contributed to an award-winning series on young adult anxiety. She has published articles related to post-traumatic stress and mindfulness.

Lesley Gale teaches composition and literature at Cosumnes River College. She leads workshops for faculty and church groups on mindful meditation.

Bob Stanley has organized poetry events in California for nearly fifty years. He has served on the board of the Sacramento Poetry Center since 1997 and currently teaches English Composition at CSU, Sacramento, where he co-directs the Writing Center. Bob has edited two anthologies and published two collections of his own work: Walt Whitman Orders a Cheeseburger (2009), and Miracle Shine (2013). Bob served as Sacramento’s Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012, and he lives in Sacramento with his wife, Joyce Hsiao.

Kate Washington is a writer and the dining critic for The Sacramento Bee. Her work has appeared in Eater, Avidly, Southwest, Sunset, The Washington Post, Catapult, and many other publications. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her first book, a memoir and cultural critique of caregiving, is forthcoming from Beacon Press. A native of Chico, California, she lives in Sacramento with her husband and their two daughters.