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.

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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

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

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.