Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

Conney D. Williams and special guest Natalie Patterson

Celebrating National Poetry Month


Conney Williams National Poetry MonthDate: Tuesday, April 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

Conney D. Williams, a poet, actor and performance artist, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, is a favorite at Writers Read. He’s with us this month to share new works and celebrate the power of the written word.

Conney’s first collection of poetry, Leaves of Spilled Spirit from an Untamed Poet, was published in 2002. His poetry has also been published in various journals and anthologies including Voices from Leimert Park; America: At the End of the Day; and The Drumming Between Us. His collection Blues Red Soul Falsetto was published in December 2012, and he has released two new poetry CDs, Unsettled Water and River&Moan, available on his website.

Natalie Patterson National Poetry MonthNatalie Patterson is a Los Angeles-based poet, teaching artist and artrepreneur, dedicated to changing the world one poem at a time. Natalie starred in the web series “That’s What She Said” produced by SoulPancake and Darling Magazine. She collaborated with Sephora, resulting in the video “Wake Up Call” produced by Sephora University. She has traveled the country teaching and performing at universities, colleges and high schools. Poetry is the lens she sees life through, which supports her work as a teaching artist. Natalie leaves no topic untouched from inspiration to social justice and everything in between.

Conney and Natalie’s books and collections on CD will be available for sale and signing.

Join them—and bring your favorite poem, dark and dreary closet-writing, your randy limericks, whatever makes you happy—to celebrate with a room full of folks who know that poetry is not dead in the USA.

For more information, contact Kit-Bacon Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.

Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents

David Putnam

on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

reading and discussing

The Vanquished, a Bruno Johnson novel


David Putnam The VanquishedPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, March 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

The Vanquished (Oceanview Publishing, February 2017) is David Putnam’s fourth novel in his Bruno Johnson series. The best-selling author has put a 31-year law enforcement career to good use in his bad boy cop hero, and this latest installment is as thrilling as the previous three, The Disposables, The Replacements and The Squandered.

Putnam will read from his latest book and discuss his writing life. His novels will be available for sale and signing.

Learn more about Putnam and the Bruno Johnson series here.


For more information, contact Kit-Bacon Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.

The Story of Menil, Moon Maiden

By Ruth Nolan, featured author at Writers Read 11 October 2016


A Cahuilla Child, from the Edward S. Curtis Collection

You created me, brother, you got people right,
not the twin who made them face-backwards,
or into ludicrous stone-hens, you made me Moon,

delight of the people, beautiful sister smiling in her
room, a perfect, orbed syllable. And then, you
violated me, in ways unspeakable, you knew your

heart belonged to Coyote, and he roasted your
skin, the people gathered acorns in the long rows
of oak trees at the base of Tahquitz Peak, silent

in their respect for the thunder, and visioned past
Pedro Chino, great shaman on the deer hunt who
transformed himself into a mountain lion so he

could reach the highest peaks more quickly from
the desert floor, the women sang songs at the oasis,
and they planted trees from the canyon. I know,

I felt the mountain lion stalking me, that late day
I’d climbed San Jacinto Peak, and no one, even you
could see me there, dusk whispering to me, and I

was scared, three miles to go and the trail waning
dark. And so I went away, sad, at your command,
for you knew you could not keep me there. The

lions left prints in the snow as they tracked their
kill, just the way you bruised my skin and broke
my cheeks, and the people can only say that you

were not very nice to me, and so I went away. And
lucky for you, they remembered to pull your black
heart from the fire just before Coyote finished his

rabid feast, and you returned to them, you look
to the sky and see my wan smile, a waxing candle
light, and now my name is Eve, I’ve developed a

roundabout way of coming and going, filling the
orbit of your mind in slices and full pies, sister
you created and violated and sent away, I slant

through your opaque window, where you lie alone
at night, wanting me to fill in your hollow side,
your absent twin, I study you, I am shadow-fill.


About Ruth Nolan

ruth_pictureRuth Nolan writes about the California desert. Her poetry collection Ruby Mountain was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016. Her short story, “Palimpsest,” published in LA Fiction: Southland Writing by Southland Writers (Red Hen Press, 2016), was selected as a finalist in the Sequestrum 2016 Editor’s Reprint contest, and her flash nonfiction essay collection, California Drive, won the Mojave River Press 2015 flash creative nonfiction contest. Ruth is also the editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California’s Deserts (Heyday Books, 2009).

Ruth’s fiction and nonfiction writing and poetry have also been published recently in Rattling Wall, Desert Oracle, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Rhino Baby, News from Native California, Sierra Club Desert Report, Lumen and The Desert Sun, Palm Springs. She also writes about California desert culture and the environment for KCET/Artbound Los Angeles and Inlandia Literary Journeys. She serves as an advisory committee member for Poets and Writers, California. Ruth holds her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of CA Riverside-Palm Desert and is professor of English, Creative Writing and American Indian Literature at College of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA. Visit her blog or email her at runolan@aol.com

Click here to learn more about the California Cahuilla creation stories.

Photo credit: A Cahuilla Child, from the U.S. LOC Edward S. Curtis Collection

Writers Read Presents David Ulin, Author and Book Critic


October 13, 2015, at Fallbrook Library

Author David L. Ulin


Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose


SidewalkingDate: Tuesday, October 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook, 760-731-4650

David L. Ulin, author and book critic for the L.A. Times will read and discuss his new book, Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles. Ulin’s other books include the novella Labyrinth, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. Ulin is a core faculty member at the UC Riverside low residency MFA in Creative Writing Program and teaches at the University of Southern California. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship this summer.

Minolta DSCIn Sidewalking, published by University of California Press, Ulin explores the city’s built environment and the emotional landscape through which the city’s residents travel. Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, described Sidewalking as “a profound and poetic book. It is a meditation not only on the strange and marvelous nature of Los Angeles but also on the nature of history, memory, and community itself. This is nonfiction writing at its very best.”

For more information about Writers Read, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.

Photo credit: Noah Ulin.