Happy New Year and welcome to our new members.

Our Next Meeting
Sierra Writers is pleased to welcome Lily Nova and Iven Lourie for a joint presentation on putting together a book for publication.  Lily, with the help of Iven, published Interrupted Lives, Four Women’s Stories of Internment during WWII in the Philippines, for the 50th Anniversary Reunion of the Liberation. They will speak on Wednesday, January 12 at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.  The general meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., and is open to all.

Iven Lourie worked as Poetry Editor at Chicago Review in the 1960’s, and he has pursued editing, writing, and performance art since. He participated in demonstrations and readings against the Vietnam War during the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. After completing his MFA at U. of Arizona (1978), where he studied with poets Richard Shelton and Peter Wild, he moved to Northern California where he works as Editor for Gateways Books and Artemis Books, teaches composition and literature at Sierra Community College, and leads the Café Writers critique group. He has been married twice and has two daughters. He plays guitar and fiddle for fun, and audiences agree that his music shows more sincerity and heart than skill or talent.

Publications : Poetry (Chicago) Magazine, Quixote, Tottel’s, 100 Posters, New : Canadian and American Poetry, Hanging Loose Magazine, The Spirit That Moves Us, Louisville Review, Wings Magazine, Midstream, and so on—poems and articles published in Joyous Childbirth (And/Or Press), Sacramento News & Review, Sierra Heritage Magazine, Nevada County Poetry Series anthologies—poetry collections: Miro’s Dream, Gateways Books, 1988; incl. in Yuba Flows (Hip Pocket Press, 2007) ; SHORTS (chapbook, Rattlesnake Press, 2009)

Lily Nova worked as a fashion designer in New York City for many years before moving to California. She is a vital part of the Grass Valley Graphics Group along with the other talented participating artists. Her works include colorful still-lifes and landscapes in acrylic, pastel and watercolor, abstract compositions in different media as well as large wall hangings and textile creations. Her background in fashion was a prelude to her fascination and love for painting and writing.

Lily has always been interested in writing. After retiring from her fashion career and moving to the Gold Country, she began taking writing classes from Donna Hanelin and continued her journaling activities. She got the idea of writing a book on women in World War II when her Mother was making notes about her own career overseas with the Red Cross after the war. Lily began to spread the word locally that she wanted to interview women in different activities during the war. She did many very interesting interviews over the next few years, but the ones that stood out were the stories from those who were incarcerated in Manila just after Pearl Harbor.

With the help of Iven Lourie, she put a book together and published it in time to bring it to the 50th Anniversary Reunion of the Liberation calling it Interrupted Lives, Four Women’s Stories of Internment during WWII in the Philippines.

Sierra Writers Meetings

January Meeting
(See description Above)
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Madelyn Helling Library Community Room
980 Helling Way, Nevada City

February Meeting
Paul Minicucci of NCTV
February 9, 2011
Madelyn Helling Library Community Room
980 Helling Way, Nevada City

March Meeting
Jennifer Dewey – Author, illustrator of many books for young adults, including Antarctic Journal: Four Months at the Bottom of the World
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Madelyn Helling Library Community Room
980 Helling Way, Nevada City

News for Members of Sierra Writers

Sierra Writers is pleased to announce the Sands Hall Writers’ Workshop on January 8. Both sessions are full.  Thank you Sands; this means a great deal to Sierra Writers.
The new directories will be coming out in January so if you need to update your info, such as name, address, email, phone or genre, contact  Shirley Zeff, Membership Coordinator scookuie@aol.com

A number of Sierra Writers members have expressed interest in starting a poetry group. Susan Conlon, our new publicity person, has volunteered to get the ball rolling on this. If you are interested in this, contact lucindaporter@yahoo.com

Get involved. Sierra Writers is looking for help with the website, special events and whatever interests you. If you are interested in helping, contact Babette Donaldson babettedonaldson@sbcglobal.net or Lucinda Porter lucindaporter@yahoo.com

The Sierra Writers website is constantly changing. Members may have their own web pages, which they may use in a variety of ways. Members may use their page to introduce themselves, to link users to information on how to purchase their books, or to link back to their own website. To add your info, contact Lucinda Porter –  lucindaporter@yahoo.com Check it out at www.sierrawrters.org

A new feature of the Sierra Writers website is a page listing links to our members’ blogs. Check to see if yours is listed. If it isn’t, send a link to lucindaporter@yahoo.com.

Critique groups are open to members of Sierra Writers For information about the fiction critique group, contact Ron Cherry (530) 478-5616; romuluswolf@comcast.net
For information about the nonfiction critique group, contact Jan Westmore (530) 265-0718; jwestmore@sbcglobal.net

Sierra Writers members may use this newsletter to promote their book, classes, or other workshops. Send information to lucindaporter@yahoo.com

Do you know that you can locate other writers and meeting opportunities by visiting MeetUp? Check out www.meetup.com

Hope to see you at our next meeting.

Calendar of Events

Gold Country Seniors Alive
Capturing Your Story

Three Fee Introductory Classes
Tuesday, Jan 4, 10-11:30 Bret Harte
Thursday, Feb 3, 3:30-5 Hilltop Commons
Monday Feb 28, 3-4:30 Quail Ridge
All session open to the public.

Mary Volmer Writing and Reading Workshop
Saturday, January 8
The Center for the Arts – OFF CENTER STAGE
11:00AM to 12:30PM Reading (free)
2:00PM-3:30PM Workshop ($18 member / $20 non-member)
Limit to 30 participants
314 West Main St., Grass Valley, California 530 274 8384

Winter Workshops with Sandra Rockman
Co-sponsored by Miners Foundry Cultural Center

Acting $120
8 TUESDAYS January 11 – March 1, 2011
Location TBA

Improv $120
8 MONDAYS January 10 – February 28, 2011
Location TBA

Playwriting: The Artful Dialogue $120
8 WEDNESDAYS January 12 – March 2, 2010
Location TBA

Sandra Rockman has been involved with the local theater scene since 1978. She is an actress, playwright and has directed more than 25 productions.  Her plays have been produced in San Francisco, Dallas, Sacramento and Nevada City. She is a member of Dramatists Guild.  Class size will be limited.

For information about this or acting workshops, as well as private consults for all writing and/or theatrical projects, please call 530-265-6514 or email sandrarockman@sbcglobal.net.

Women’s Writing Salon
Saturday, January 29, 2011
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters
11671 Maltman Drive, Suite 3, Grass Valley
477-5282

Speak It Here Poetry Series
The first Wednesday of every month (Call to confirm)
Copper Top Lounge in Downtown Grass Valley
For more information, call Jean Varda 210-6010

Members of Sierra Writers and organizations that serve the writing community of Nevada County may submit announcements to upcoming event. Send information to lucindaporter@yahoo.com

Sierra Writers’ Board Members
Babette Donaldson, President babettedonaldson@sbcglobal.net
Carol York, Hospitality carol-york@sbcglobal.net
Chuck Jaffee, Young Writers Contest jaffee@startlets.com
Claudine Chalmers, Program Coordinator claudecameron@yahoo.com
Susan Conlon, Publicity sturnercon@sbcglobal.net
Lucinda Porter, Newsletter and Webmaster lucindaporter@yahoo.com
Marty Austin, Treasurer homebookkeeper@yahoo.com
Shirley Zeff, Membership Coordinator scookuie@aol.com