IWOSC Reads Its Own – February 2022
Sunday, February 20th, 2022
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Online using Zoom
Free to all — You don’t have to be a member to attend
Reading is a member benefit
Once again, we find our biannual Reads Its Own program taking place online via Zoom.
IWOSC members come from all sorts of backgrounds. Ask a member what he or she is working on writing and you are bound to be surprised by some of their answers. You never know what will spring from their minds given all of their backgrounds, interests, and selected genres.
We look forward to once again hearing some of our talented members immerse us in their world of words for 7 minutes each. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, a good meal or snack, or whatever you’d like — you’re not on camera — as you allow our readers’ words to take you to other places or times.
Registrations for this event are now closed.
Reading on February 20th are: RonVazzano, Erana Leiken, Betsy J. Green, Gerald Everett Jones, Flo Selfman, Jose L. Recio, Jackie Lewis, Charles Domokos, Lee Gale Gruen, David Datz, Wanda Maureen Miller (Mo), David Harper, Jayne Kaplan, Pat Kramer and David J. Partie.
- Ron Vazzano’s online MuseLetter containing his poems, essays, reviews, etc, is in its 18th year. He has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies, and in his collection Shots from a Passing Car. His latest book, Muse Letters from The Front: A Memoir in Poems, comes out this spring. He’s a member of this organization and the Italian American Writers Association, through which he was featured at the annual Governor’s Island poetry festival last summer.
- Erana Leiken’s career spans marketing, consulting, blogging, and teaching writing, marketing, and humanities as adjunct faculty for UOP, UCLA Extension, UVA, and GWU. Selected Top Faculty for UOP. Other experience: Web travel writer, NBC reporter, magazine editor, published in The Washington Post, Arizona Republic, ASBA, the Journal Star, BlogHer.com, The Daily Breeze, Womenfor1, *Star82 Review nominated for Best of the Net Anthology, and most recently, Tiny Seed Literary Journal.
- Betsy J. Green worked as an editor at Reader’s Digest and World Book Encyclopedia in her misspent youth. She has written six books called Way Back When about the best stories of the years 1914-19 pulled from the Santa Barbara newspapers. Betsy also writes the Great House Detective column for the Santa Barbara Independent. Her forthcoming book is Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions: Silent Movies Made in Montecito, CA. Her website is betsyjgreen.com
- Gerald Everett Jones – Preacher Raises the Dead is Gerald’s twelfth novel and the third in the Evan Wycliff Mysteries. The series has received five awards, including both Gold and Silver in the New York City Big Book – Mystery category. In this novel, Evan steps into the role of full-time minister and must visit the sick and the dying during the pandemic. The story involves near-death experience, long-term coma, and late-stage dementia.
- Flo Selfman is an in-demand copy editor-proofreader for books in many genres, scripts, business materials and websites, and conducts lively grammar/punctuation review workshops for adults. She is a PR consultant for books, authors, and arts events. A contributing author to Media Magnetism and Office for One, she is writing a memoir and stories. President (pro bono) of IWOSC 2003-2016; writes the Grammar for Grownups column in the IWOSC newsletter. www.WordsalaMode.com [site back soon!]
- Jose L. Recio was born and raised in Spain, where he studied medicine and worked in neuroscience. He left Spain for California on an International Fellowship and worked at UCLA and later became an American Board Certified psychiatrist. He has practiced in California. He also likes creative writing. In 2021, he published Transitions: 24 bilingual short stories. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles. They enjoy hiking and traveling.
- Jackie Lewis, born in Santa Monica, earned an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA. She studied acting at Lee Strasberg Institute. She belonged to The Writer’s Group in Studio City. Her plays produced in Los Angeles are: Birds of a Feather Stuck Together, Two Nowhere Men, and Sitting on the Edge of the Chair. She studied writing with Jim Krusoe. Tessa’s Heart: A Texas Story is her literary fiction debut novel. Jackie Lewis’s author website. www.jackielewisauthor.com.
- Charles Domokos has written six original feature screenplays, staff screenwriter at 10dB Productions for suspense features for Showtime TV and indie features; documentary scripts for KOCE-TV and screenplay for Return to Vietnam, a Telly Silver Award-winning feature documentary. Former Active Member, Writers’ Guild of America; Adjunct Assoc. Professor at USC School of Cinema (1988-2002) and LACC Dept. of Cinema-TV (2003-2017) film / screenplay writing classes. Author: Nonlinear Editing: The Cutting Edge. GGC Publishing (2007).
- Lee Gale Gruen has been writing about retirees and seniors since the publication nine years ago of her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class. Her blog, public lectures, and recently published self-help book are all titled Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement Years. They share the goal of helping retirees, those soon to retire, baby boomers, and seniors reinvent themselves in this next chapter of their lives.
- David Datz is a writer and actor in Los Angeles. He has written four novels and three stage plays. He has self-published a speculative novel, Scalies, available at Amazon and other sites by searching for his full name. An excerpt from Scalies has appeared at Commuterlit.com as Boris and Marjorie. His plays are Hackers and Lovers (drama), Basement Follies (comedy), and Disrupting the Box (drama).
- Wanda Maureen Miller (Mo) grew up on an Arkansas farm, moved to California, and taught college English. She has published seven books—a historical novel, The French (1983); three textbooks, Reading Faster and Understanding More, Books 1, 2, and 3 (5 editions, 1976 to 2001); her memnovel, Last Trip Home, (2018); Madeleine, Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans (2021). Retired now, she plays pickleball and is pimping her last book, Solange, Daughter of…, with Atmosphere Press.
- David Harper wrote those movies you never saw and those books you didn’t read. His short fiction, essays, and poems have appeared in Altered Reality Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Haven, Potato Soup Journal, Mystery Tribune, Right Hand Pointing, and Front Porch Review, among others. His plays have been produced on both coasts, and his films and web series have won multiple awards. There is no additional information about him at www.thedavidharper.com
- Jayne Kaplan grew up in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, the home of Saturday Night Fever. She attended SUNY Binghamton and eventually got her law degree from the University of Wisconsin. She practiced law for forty years, but is now retired. Jayne began writing in earnest about five years ago and has completed several short stories and two to-be-completed novels. Her current project is finishing her novel, as yet untitled, about Clarice, a left wing lawyer, who has a side hustle as a pool shark.
- Pat Kramer has built her company Writer For Hire over 30 years by writing marketing and publicity materials for business clients. She started her career as a broadcast journalist in radio for ten years, then wrote for PR and ad agencies for many years while also freelancing for the L.A. Business Journal, Variety, Boxoffice Magazine and other publications. One thing Pat really enjoys is writing memoirs for seniors to capture their legacy.
- David J. Partie, professor of English and Modern Languages, received an M.A. in German from UCLA, where he was awarded a Chancellor’s Teaching Fellowship. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. He is a former regional vice-president of the Poetry Society of Virginia, having won the Karma Ogden, Brodie Herndon, Carleton Drewry, and Franklin Dew Prizes for poetry. He has also written fiction and 2000 haiku.