Saturday, December 31, 2016

Speaker: Bob Jenkins

Bob Jenkins' Daughters of the Kali Yuga Website
Bob Jenkins: Novelist and nationally prominent professional storyteller who twice headlined the National Storytelling Festival and performed numerous times at the Sierra Storytelling Festival in Nevada City.

Review Snippet: "Science fiction fans are in for a real treat; but should be prepared: Azriel Dancer is like no other read, and it avoids typical approaches and predictable paths with a satisfying vengeance.”  Diane Donovan, Senior reviewer, The Midwest Book Review

Conference Workshop: The Magic of Feedback that “Lifts” Your Work (Fiction), Session  2, 1:10 - 2:10

Lunchtime Author Round table, 12:00 - 1:00

Workshop Description:  

Critique can be a gift that lifts your work to a higher level. It can also be devastating when it comes from someone who doesn’t know how to give it. In this session, you will learn the 5 core questions that make critique a positive and critically important part of your writer’s journey. Knowing these questions will help you sort out good feedback from bad in the future.

To help you actually experience good feedback, Dr. Bob Jenkins (who actually has a PhD in criticism) generously offers you a rare opportunity. You are invited to submit a sample of your writing. Dr. Bob will read a sampling of the submissions (he’s also a professional storyteller and hearing your work read by a professional can be an incredible experience). Each of the samples read in the workshop will receive professional critique. Even if your submission is not chosen for reading in the workshop, you will receive a brief written review of your work.


Send Dr. Bob a sample of your work:
- Email no more than 1,000 DOUBLE SPACED words to no later than January 15, 2017.
- Include your name, title and word count of the entire piece.


ALSO, as an added bonus ... for all the pieces read in class, Dr. Bob will provide a written review that you can use on your website or other marketing pieces.
Dr. Bob is the author and featured teller on two albums of stories for adults, and the author of short stories, plays, essays, blogs, and scholarly articles.  His science fiction novel, Azriel Dancer, the first book in a quartet called Daughters of the Kali Yuga, is available for purchase in print and eBook on Amazon.  The second book in the quartet, Janabai Shepherd, is due Spring, 2017.  Books three and four, Leatherfoot and Wazi Tekwa Ga’i, will be available in 2018 and 2019.

Bob Jenkins grew up as a "service kid," moving from post to post, following his fighter pilot father from Florida to Hawaii, acquiring that worldly-wise attitude common to his tribe (marine brats). Running away from home at sixteen, he wound his way along the coasts of Florida, up through Georgia, and the Carolina, a teenage gentleman of the highway.

In the four years that followed, he saw service with the Marines, surviving consecutive combat tours in Viet Nam where he spent two years playing guitar, painting, writing poetry, and dodging rockets. Returning to civilian life, he earned a PhD in dramatic criticism, squeezing two seasons of summer stock in between terms, and finagled a year of acting and directing in New York at the Harry Chapin Theatre.

In 1975, Jenkins secured a professorship at San Jose State University, where he worked his way up through the ranks to become Chairman of the Department of Television, Film, Radio, and Drama.  During his tour of academic duty, he freelanced as an actor, director, and playwright.

He was twice featured as a headliner at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee, where he performed in circus tents for thousands of story lovers.

Bob has published stories, albums (Dangerous Nights and The Man Who Wanted Incredible Things), and magazine and journal articles about storytelling and theatre.  His children's plays, (Pinocchio, The Ghost Hour, and Puppets!) have been professionally produced at the Children's Theatre Workshop and the Saratoga Chamber Theatre and toured throughout California by the Gallivanting Inspiration Group.

The four volumes of Daughters of the Kali Yuga are his first novels.

Jenkins lives in south Nevada County with his wife of thirty-seven years, Christine, and their pooch, Wazi. description:

Twenty-five year-old Azriel doesn’t know much of the world beyond Shiva Puri, the village where she and two hundred other farmers live in the foothills of California. Dreams of becoming a professional dancer have been dashed by injury, and it seems her marriage to Daniel, the village manager, is the crowning achievement of her young life. Azriel’s rural existence is pleasant, if not exhilarating, and so the world goes on.

Until it doesn’t.

The sages of ancient India tell of a terrifying being that will come forth from the underworld to end the reign of humankind. Shhhh. It’s just folklore, a superstition, a tale to frighten children.

Until it isn’t.

When the apocalypse comes, waves of unearthly pulsations crush everything in their path and fast-moving firestorms sweep North America. The survivors of Shiva Puri need a leader if they’re to make it through the devastation. Factions splinter and tensions escalate, but no one is aware of the real danger lurking. The demon Kali, Lord of Rakshasa, Tiger of Lanka, circles the last remnants of humanity.

People disappear, and Azriel realizes she must perform her most delicate dance, defeating the vilest creature humankind has ever known, and preserving her humanity in the process.
Azriel Dancer is the first of four novels in the Daughters of the Apocalypse quartet, in which author Bob Jenkins takes the reader from the first seconds of a mysterious global catastrophe, to the birth of a new civilization fifty years later.

Highlighted Review:

“Azriel Dancer is the kind of sci-fi read that rarely crosses a reviewer’s desk . . . moves quickly without the artificial pace that too often imbibes sci-fi adventure stories with a sense of desperation and haste . . . atmospheric and steeped in delightful descriptions that are hauntingly evocative and original . . . nothing staid or predictable about its characters or story line; but most of all, events are narrated with a gripping “you are there” immediacy that makes for a story nearly impossible to put down or predict. Science fiction fans are in for a real treat; but should be prepared: Azriel Dancer is like no other read, and it avoids typical approaches and predictable paths with a satisfying vengeance.”  Diane Donovan, Senior reviewer, The Midwest Book Review


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