Welcome to
Manzanita Writers Press!

A literary support center for writers and artists.

 Manzanita Writers Press is a literary publisher and nonprofit arts organization located at Manzanita Arts Emporium, a creative community center in historic downtown Angels Camp. We bring writers, readers and artists together through workshops, anthologies, book publishing, classes, lectures, and events in the Mother Lode region of California. Our location in the scenic, rural Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County is inspirational to the many writers who reside here and in the surrounding rural counties.

Manzanita Writers Press has published 15 books, with several more in the works for 2017-18. We host author readings, workshops, events, publish books, and promote the literary and visual arts in Calaveras, Amador, and Tuolumne counties. Manzanita publishes works by regional writers and those with a connection to the Mother Lode and Sierra, but we are not limited in that scope. MWP also prints Manzanita: Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra, a series of literary community anthologies that represent writers across the nation writing about this region. Our latest anthology, Out of the Fire, reflects poignant and inspirational writing and photography based on the 2015 Butte Fire, the 7th most destructive fire in California history. 

Special thanks to our newest major sponsor of the Manzanita Arts Emporium and Manzanita Writers Press for their dedication to the arts in Angels Camp and Calaveras County:

Signal Service

Angels Camp, California

Mission Statement

Manzanita Writers Press nurtures and sustains the literary and arts community of Calaveras County and the foothill region of the Mother Lode and Sierra.


The Manzanita Writers Press at its Manzanita Arts Emporium location in Historic Downtown Angels Camp, CA, a Creative Community Arts Center, offers a dynamic community center for arts, education, literature, benefiting the rural culture of Calaveras County and local foothill region. It operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including but not limited to:

  1. Operating a center for the arts;
  2. Conducting and hosting educational, cultural, artistic, literary, and research programs;
  3. Engaging in all activities that will further, and are consistent with, the mission of the Corporation, including, but not limited to, lectures, workshops, events, exhibits, conferences, presentations to groups, panel discussions, education, publishing projects, and public relations.

        MWP Services:

  • Facilitate the Writers Unlimited critique group. Organize readings, events, and workshops. Network with writing communities across the state.
  • Publish local, regional, and other area writers, whether in launching a career, or nurturing a more experienced writer.
  • Assist selected project writers in procuring funding, editing and promotional services, and other needs of the publishing process.
  • Train/Mentor Volunteer Editors and staff members.
  • Sponsor and host Writing Workshops and Conferences in our region
  • Maintain a Writers Network with organizations across the country to assist our members
  • Conduct writing classes and provide educational lectures, workshops, and classes for the public

Our Staff

Monika Rose . . . Director, Editor-in-Chief

Joy Roberts . . . Finance Director, Editor

Suzanne Murphy . . . Public Relations Director, Editor

Stephen Archer . . . Program Director

Jennifer Hoffman . . . ebook Designer, Editor

Joyce Dedini . . . Graphic Designer, Book Layout Designer

Chrys Mollett . . . Events Director

Mary Sexton . . . Gallery Director


Now Showing in the Gallery

Manzanita Arts Emporium is filled with the works of these fine artists . . .





Shay Baker, Oil pastels, Acrylics

Ty Childress, Mountain Ranch – Photography – framed and matted prints- scenic, landscape, rural whimsy, regional and national sites, cards

Chrys Mollett/Aeolian Harp, Murphys  – Piano and music lessons, ukuleles, guitars, violins, strings, music, CDs, art, and more 

Patty Payne, Sheep Ranch – Equestrian and bovine framed art – large canvas/acrylic, natural frames from Mother Lode wood, prints, cards

Gary Rose, Mountain Ranch – Hard-edge Design acrylic wall sculptures

Mary Sexton, Angels Camp – Acrylic, watercolor, oils – prints and framed pieces

Also in the gallery:

Gordon Long, Photography

Selma Sattin, Copperopolis – Framed Watercolor, cards, prints

Cristi Canepa, Angels Camp – Photography on metal, prints, and more

Kevin Brady, Watercolors

Wanda Macioszek, Glencoe – Fine metalwork – trees, fish, nature scenes, and more

Paul Neal, Valley Springs – Photography – floral, scenic, Mother Lode scenes, nature’s captured moments

Robert Tomaino, San Andreas – Nature illustrations – ducks, dogs, mountain men, historic- cards

James Aarons, Mokelumne Hill – Ceramic abstract bowls

Susie Hoffman, Copperopolis – Watercolor, oil, prints, cards

Judie Cain, Murphys – Watercolor prints, cards

Cate Culver, Mountain Ranch – Abstract acrylics, landscapes, cards, matted prints

Randall Metzger, San Andreas – organic, natural scented candles

Joyce Kelly – Photography – Picturesque cards, seasonal cards, matted prints, framed prints