We're proud to present our annual showcase of outstanding work from the literary journals and creative writing classes of The Los Rios Community Colleges. We'll feature authors Michelle Padilla, Alma Rocio Peguero, Seth Katz and Andrey Shamshurin, with readings by Katherine Bahena-Benitez and Eric Baldwin.
1425 24th Street, Sacramento.
Doors open at 7PM. Readings begin at 7:30.
A $10 donation is suggested. $5 for students.
About our writers
Michelle Alejandra Padilla currently attends Sacramento City College. At nineteen, she’s a first generation college student. Her writing focuses on the Latina experience in the U.S. and is now being recognized by Stories on Stage Sacramento in her first flash fiction piece entitled “Eva.” She hopes that through her writing she can help young women find the strength to break the traditional values that keep them oppressed, as well as heal from trans-generational trauma.
Alma Rocio Peguero is an English major at Sacramento City College and delighted to have her short story, “Oil Smudged Spectacles,” selected to be read at Stories on Stage Sacramento. Creative writing has always been her emotional outlet. “I’ve learned a lot through the written word and hope to share and create the same effect with others
Seth Katz was born and raised in Sacramento, then went back east for college. He lives in New York and holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where he works as an admission officer. He is an occasional film critic and is currently at work on a novel. He thanks editor Alison Hinton for including his short story “The Present Progressive” in The Machine, the literary magazine of Folsom Lake Community College
Andrew Shamshurin is a former Editor-in-Chief of American River Review. A former resident of Antelope, CA, he’s currently serving in the Peace Corps in Thailand. His short story, “The Prophet of Taco Bell,” appears in the 2019 American River Review.
About our readers
Katherine Bahena-Benitez is a graduating senior at Sacramento State Department of Theatre and Dance. During their time at CSUS, they’ve been part of the following productions: In The Time of the Butterflies as Young Dede, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter and the Starcatcher, and In The Heights as Abuela Claudia. Katherine has also participated in the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, playing the role of Eugenie in The Count of Monte Cristo and Antonio in Twelfth Night. They have worked with Teatro Espejo, a Sacramento Latinx/Chicanx Theatre company, for the past three years, appearing in Electricidad as Ifigenia and Enfrascada as Cat/Marta/Karina. Katherine’s interest for the arts reaches across all areas as they currently advocate for LGBTQ+ people of color through spoken word performance.
Eric Baldwin has performed all across the United States and Europe. Sacramento theatregoers have seen him most recently at Capital Stage and KOLT Run productions, in roles as diverse as Henry V, Macbeth, Biff in Death of a Salesman, Prospero, Shylock, Pale in Burn This and Barry Champlain in Talk Radio. He was Artistic Director of the Quantum Theatre Company in Los Angeles and the founder of Resurrection Theatre here in Sacramento.