About monika

Monika Rose, from the Mountain Ranch area of Calaveras County, edits Manzanita: Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra, and has been published in Tule Review, Rattlesnake Review, Poetry Now, Mindprint Review, Squaw Valley Review, The Journal, Refrigerate After Opening, Mokehellion Review, Yosemite Poets, and others. She runs a small literary press in the foothills with a talented staff -- Manzanita Writers Press, a nonprofit affiliate of the Calaveras County Arts Council www.manzapress.com. Her work appears in Shadows of Light, an anthology of poetry and photography of the Sierra with work in a new Yosemite poetry anthology by Scrub Jay Press. Her new collection of poems, River by the Glass, by Glen Hill Publishing, is available from her new web site (www.monikarosewriter.com) and will be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble soon, as well as available for download on the Nook and Kindle as an e-book in February. She is working on a DVD production of her poetry set to her own music, photography and film clips, projected for Summer 2012 release. She is currently writing a humorous thriller, a novel about surveillance and voyeurism, and a book based on her parents’ WWII war stories in Europe. Her bread-and-butter vocation is English teacher full time and free lance manuscript editor for fellow writers. She has an MA in English.

Submissions invited for Out of the Fire Anthology of the Mother Lode: Butte Fire Memories

Cate Culver: Mixed Media art stemming from the Butte Fire in Calaveras County, 2015

Out of the Fire

Editors invite submissions of Butte Fire stories, poems, photography, art, and all media invited for inclusion in the website online ezine titled Out of the Fire. The September 9, 2015 fire destroyed over 500 homes and another few hundred structures, many of them dwellings, displacing families and individuals permanently, forcing them to relocate and to start all over. The collection commemorates a disaster that devastated several small communities in the beautiful foothill region of the Sierra, the Mother Lode, one that continues to reverberate change. Reflection and insight on the event, one of many historic fire events in our area, brings great art and writing and creativity into the mix, aiding the healing process and providing solace for many.  Go to the website, www.manzapress.com and find Cate Culver’s phoenix image. Below that mixed media art work are links that give more information about the project that nonprofit Manzanita Writers Press is sponsoring. There is a submission form, so just fill it out, scan it and send it back with your attached submission. Follow the instructions and send us work that adds to the many voices communicating a love for this region, its natural beauty and the wonderful people it nurtures,  and providing a sense of looking back and moving forward at the same time. Send us your inspirational creations. We will help you edit the work, so don’t agonize if you are nervous about grammar, usage, and whether your work is good enough. Call us if you have any questions, or email us.


WordPress Boot Camp – web designing workshop

Dear Writers: Here’s an opportunity to get your own website up and running fairly quickly and efficiently. Join web designer Linda Lee in her WordPress Boot Camp for creative people at Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp on Saturday, January 14, from 2 – 5 PM.  It’s a hands-on session (bring your laptop) that will get your website designed and up and running that day. The class is limited to 8 participants, at $70 per person, and we’ll provide the space, refreshments, fast wi-fi, and one-one-one help. Since we already have an interested group up here who requested the class, be sure to sign up right away by sending us an email and then sending us a check to reserve your space. Once you sign up, Linda will contact you and give you a list of things to do so you’re set up ahead of time with all the tools to get started (at no extra charge).   Location:  Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S. Main St., Suite 110, Angels Camp, CA 95222 – Call us for inquiries: 209-728-6171.  Email  manzanitawp at gmail dot com


Adult Coloring with wine and noshing at Manzanita Arts Emporium

Dear friends,

Come join us for relaxing coloring, a glass of wine, a bowl of hot nourishing old-fashioned soup with bread and salad and refreshments on Friday November 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 at Manzanita Arts Emporium.  Hot mulled cider, hot tea, cocoa, brownies for dessert, and nice people to hang with. Bring some munchies to share if you like. Come dressed for lounging as you will be among old friends and will most certainly make new friends. Over 200 prismacolor pencils to use and bring your own coloring book or share ours.  It’s free, but RSVP, please by calling 209-728-6171 or emailing manzanitawp@gmail.com  – see you then! We’ll keep the place lit for you. Address: Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S. Main St., Suite 110, Angels Camp, CA 95222.  www.manzapress.com

You may want to do some holiday shopping while you’re there, with gifts of fine art from the heart by Calaveras artists, jewelry, wood furniture, art and photography cards, Metzger scented candles, fine art prints and photography, Folkmanis puppets, wood alphabet puzzles (limited supply–the last ones available by the artist), children’s books, hand-blown glass ornaments, Mark Twain and Gold Rush historical books, local regional authors’ books, and more.


Manzanita Arts Emporium

Come visit the gallery and arts center in historic downtown Angels Camp at 1211 S. Main St., Suite 110, PO Box 460, Angels Camp, CA 95222.  We sell books by regional and local authors, books about the Gold Rush, books about Mark Twain in our Mark Twain book center, and educational historical books focusing on the region.

We represent several artists and their work in a collaborative gallery setting, including handcrafted furniture, jewelry, fine art, books, candles, and more.



Manzanita Writers Press Presents

First Annual Writers Roundup Retreat

At the Mark Twain Wild West Fest

Friday, Oct. 14 – Location: Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S. Main St, Angels Camp, 95222

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9-11:30 – The Social Media Frontier – Marketing Your Creative Side on Facebook with the Get Smart Group, Facebook and social media experts – limited to 30 participants – reserve your space early.

11:30-1 Lunch on your own

1-3:30 – Website Wrangling, Blogging, and Alternative Media Marketing with Linda Lee, Bay Area website marketing guru – limited to 30.

4-4:30 – Roundtable discussion – Participants share experiences with marketing – what works and what doesn’t

Saturday, Oct. 15All day Main Street activities and Author Fair BoothMark Twain Wild West Fest – Dress up as your favorite literary character from the 1800s, steam punk Wild West style. Liars Contest on stage. Sourdough Slim, Black Irish Band, and two more bands. Meet the producers of the Mark Twain Finds His Voice – the 88 Days film, and Jim Fletcher, author of the book, Mark Twain’s 88 Days in the Mother Lode. Free street entertainment. Manzanita Arts Emporium salon style green room for participants to hang out, talk with other writers, and schmooze. Free After party with the Jank Tones band, from 6-9, with ho-host food and drinks at Utica Park.

Sunday, Oct. 16Herding Fact and Fiction: A Symposium – Location: Angels Camp Museum, 753 South Main St., Angels Camp, 95222

9-11:30 Telling Tall Tales Out West – with Pat Kaunert, historian, humorist, and Mark Twain reenactor. Experience humor writing in the Mark Twain vein – using exaggeration and understatement as an effective writing tool. Pat will present Gold Rush journalism, mining camp humor, the art of the tall tale, inventing hyperbolic metaphor, and more.

11:30-1 – Lunch on your own

1-3:00  Driving the Truth – historian-authors discuss valuable insight and practical tips in research methods for corralling primary sources and how to organize them effectively — with Julia Costello, Sal Manna, JoAnn Levy, and Antoinette May – a seminar on digging deep to help make history come alive.

Break: 30 min.  3-3:30 PM – $10.00 donation/public admission.

3:30-4:30 PM – As Fleeting as Gold Dust: A Symposium on Truth in the West – with investigative journalist Scott Thomas Anderson, James Fletcher, and Stephen Finlay Archer. Regional historical authors discuss how writers grapple with facts and decisions made. Discussion includes the state of modern archives, the pitfalls of online research and reflections on interviewing witnesses to history.

 4:30-5:30 PM   Mark Twain Out West – Legendary Mark Twain performance by Pat Kaunertshowing the true spirit of the American West, with delightful “stretchers” providing insightful relief from a world of crazy turmoil. Appropriate for all ages, engaging history, audience interaction, and memorable Wild West fun.

5:30-6:30 PM – Surprise guest planned – an esteemed representative from a local indigenous tribe will discuss storytelling and preserving narrative the Native American way. More information to come on this!

 Fees for the conference:  by Sept. 1 – $160 includes all three days of activities including participation in the author book fair and all talks and sessions.  After Sept. 1, price is $170 for all three days.

Friday OR Sunday only: $90/per day –  Writers Roundup participants can be featured in the book fair booth on Saturday with either session Frid or Sat fee paid. Pay online with a credit card:  www.manzapress.com  and fill out a short registration form.Or, download the registration form, fill it out, and mail it with a check to Manzanita Writers Press, PO Box 460, Angels Camp, CA 95222 — OR visit the Manzanita Arts Emporium,1211 S. Main St., Angels Camp, CA 95222.

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Mumbo Gumbo comes to the Avery Hotel Sept 17


It was a great event — watch for it next year!

Kick up your heels Saturday, Sept. 17 at the ArtsHarvest dinner dance party at the historic, newly-redone Avery Hotel, with the band Mumbo Gumbo!  Gourmet lasagne, side veggies and salad, bread, dessert, no-host libations such as a signature harvest drink, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, such as sponsor Coops Coffee products, will be served. There will be a silent auction of art, local services and gift certificates, an Oars rafting package, Tahoe getaway cabin vacation stay, specialty items, and many more items. Manzanita Writers Press staff are offering as one of the prizes an all-expense-paid specialty gourmet dining experience for four, with writers and editors as your host.

Tickets for ArtHarvest: $45 per person. Go to Manzanita Writers Press website to get your tickets. We expect a sell-out crowd, so reserve early. Manzanita Writers Press will be celebrating our new non-profit status. Proceeds will benefit planned events for the community, provide funding to run the gallery and facility of Manzanita Arts Emporium, and provide assistance toward the publication project such as our Butte Fire inspired anthology series and blog, Out of the Fire, a healing project collecting stories, poetry, photography and art celebrating the beauty of our region, with a section on stories based on the Butte Fire disaster.

Sponsors: Avery Hotel, Coops Coffee, Calaveras Chronicle, Manzanita Writers Press, Manzanita Arts Emporium artists, and more.

ArtsHarvest! Mumbo Gumbo at the Avery Hotel Sept. 17 Fundraiser

Mumbo Gumbo at the Avery Hotel Sept. 17 Fundraiser

Butte Fire Pieces Vignettes

Starting Wed., May 25, the Pieces Vignettes will be housed at Manzanita Arts Emporium until the end of June. These are transformed relics rescued after the Butte Fire ravaged homes and property last Sept. 10, 2015. The pieces in the vignettes were too large to use as mosaic pieces, which Robin Modlin and Anne Cook are preparing for the Butte Fire memorial wall on Sat. Sept. 10, 2016 in Mountain Ranch, CA.  So Anne and Robin arranged them in scenes, and several writers affiliated with Manzanita Writers Press wrote poems and prose to accompany the set pieces. The following writers crafted several works for the project:  Nitya Prema, Gayle Lorraine, Suzanne Murphy, Monika Rose, Ann Cook, Robin Modlin, Blanche Abrams, Denella Kimura, Linda Toren, and Cynthia Restivo.

Check out the new Manzanita Arts Emporium!

Manzanita Writers Press is situated in Historic Downtown Angels Camp, surrounded by wonderful artists and writers’ books in a gorgeous gallery. MWP publishes local and regional authors, community anthologies and historical collections.

MWP hosts Writers Unlimited meetings for writers of all levels, workshops, literary and historical events, lectures, and more.

Artists and photographers featured in the gallery include photographer Ty Childress, botanical artist Janet Trinkle, geometric abstract artist Gary Rose, wood artist and furniture maker Andy Trinkle. Then there is watercolor artist Kevin Brady, acrylic and oil equestrian and bovinic painter Patty Payne, jeweler Roberta Hughes, and oil artist George Haskell.

Other artists and photographers: Wanda Mozcosiek and Robert Standiford, Paul Neil, Judy Wilmot, Cate Culver, Gordon Long, Shay Baker, and Susie Hoffman.

Books:  a large Mark Twain book collection where you can find scholarly books about Mark Twain as well as his novels and collected works.

The bookstore features Manzanita Writers Press authors, such as Glenn Wasson, Jim Fletcher, Stephen Archer, Ted Laskin, Dave Self, Monika Rose, Scott Thomas Anderson, Denella Kimura, Joy Willow, Sy Baldwin, Amy Smith, and other writers from our region.

Check out the Facebook page and our Manzanita Arts emporium website page.  Come in and visit, have a cup of tea, and chat with the editors about your new writing project.

Location:  1211 S. Main St., Suite 110, Angels Camp, CA 95222  Phone: 209-728-6171  – open every day except Tuesday, 10 am to 5 pm.  Writers Unlimited meets 1st and 3rd Monday mornings at 10:30, and 2nd and 4th Monday evenings from 6:30-9:30.


Send a thoughtful, poetic gift to a friend!

Looking for a great gift idea? Send someone you care about an eBook of poems for their Kindle or laptop/desktop computer!  GlenHill Publishing presents River by the Glass as an Amazon Select eBook, with full color photography of river scenes by Ron Pickup and a lifetime collection of poetry by Monika Rose!  River by the Glass on Amazon    Only $2.99 as a download for the holidays! 

 If you’d like a print edition, then you can order from

Monika’s web site,          River by the Glass at monikarosewriter.com  or from

Small Press Distribution!   River by the Glass at spdbooks.org


River by the Glass just came out as an eBook!

Thanks to Lou Gonzales, eBook designer and guru, my collection of about 85 poems that are currently in print form in the collection —River by the Glass– has been birthed as an eBook on Amazon! It’s there right now, like a juicy, ripe fruit dangling from a lush, fruit tree in the family orchard!
You can pick a copy for yourself for $2.99. The nice thing about it is that the photos by Ron Pickup are in color and they are absolutely stunning!  I would love for you to have a copy for your Kindle (and I think you can simply download it to your laptop or computer by downloading something else like their app). This way, when you feel like a poem to lift your spirits, it will always be there for you in your collection. 
In addition, I welcome reviews! This is an important thing–having reviews. Don’t feel you have to rank it a 5, either, even though it might be a 5. It’s better to just give it a 4 or a 3 if you think that’s where it sits. I can handle imperfection. I’m an entity that always strives for improvement. A diamond in the rough. A slightly bruised apple. A comfy pair of old jeans.

River by the Glass is available as an eBook at Amazon! If you’d like a copy for $2.99 for your Kindle, then please go HERE and purchase one! Support your local poet!

If you would like a print version, which is tangible and tactile, you can opt for purchasing one either by going to Small Press Distribution
OR you can purchase directly from the poet (that is I!) at my web site  Monika Rose