Poetry Series

July 15, 2018



Meeting the third Sunday of the month at 2pm, The Davis Arts Center Poetry Series typically features two readers.  Admission is free but donations are always appreciated and all proceeds benefit Davis Arts Center!  The Series is hosted by James Lee Jobe.  Thanks to everyone that attended our first reading (audio archive here).

The July 15 reading will feature Susan Kelly-DeWitt and Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas.

Susan Kelly-DeWitt headshot

Susan Kelly-DeWitt was born in San Francisco but spent most of her childhood in Hawaii before it was a state, living for several years on the grounds of an historic artists’ colony called Wailele. She moved back to Northern California in 1960, and has lived in Sacramento since 1971. Kelly-DeWitt is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and the author of Spider Season  (Cold River Press 2016)​, The Fortunate Islands​ (Marick Press, 2008)​ and nine previous print and online collections. She has worked as a freelance writer and reviewer for the Sacramento Bee (late 70’s), as the first program director for the Women’s Wisdom Project, as a poet in the schools and in the prisons, as a community college English instructor, as a high school college counselor and as a longtime creative writing instructor for UC Davis Extension. Her work has appeared in many anthologies, and in print and online journals at home and abroad. She has been featured at Wordstock, and on Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, among others. Susan is also an exhibiting visual artist. For more information, please visit her website: www.susankelly-dewitt.com

Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas headshot 2018

Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas lives in the Sierra Foothills. She studied at Santa Clara University, where she was an English major. She is an eight-time Pushcart nominee, a five-time Best of the Net nominee and the winner of the Red Ochre Chapbook Contest, with her manuscript, Before I Go to Sleep.

She is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Epistemology of an Odd Girl, March Street Press, and Hasty Notes in No Particular Order Aldrich Press along with several chapbooks including her latest from Prolific Press, Things I Can’t Remember to Forget. Her poems have been published widely in journals as well as anthologies. She has two new collections slated for release late fall and early 2019, On the Edge of the Ethereal, Aldrich Press, and Epitaph for the Beloved, Finishing Line Press.

She is the poetry editor for The Orchards Poetry Journal and a member of Saratogas’ Author’s Hall of Fame.  She has had approximately 500 poems published nationally and internationally and according to family lore, she is a direct descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson, or at least her mother said so…