Join us for the release of Out of the Fire on Saturday, June 17, 12-4 PM at the Angels Camp Museum Carriage House. Contributors will read from the book and photographers will have prints of photos from the book available for purchase. We will sell the books to the public, so be prepared for a powerful book.


MWP writers, photographers, and editors have been working on this all-color, 116-page book since 2015, so we are excited about the release.  There are 50 contributors — 14 photographers and 36 writers — who sent us powerful work to share with the public. We are grateful to all of the storytellers, poets, musicians, essayists, photographers, and artists who participated, creating this powerful book. I would like to thank John Slot for his fantastic cover photographic that just knocked us over. Thanks to Cate Culver for the title page image–a multimedia artwork on wood, with metal implements salvaged from a friend’s home after the fire. Her powerful artwork has a home with Little Owl Cyber Security Company in San Andreas, who purchased it for their office,  and they welcome people to come by if they would like to see it in the flesh.

Most of the writers in this collection do not write for a living, but their powerful stories and poetry make a literary mark in our region and will resonate for years. We are proud of this collective community effort and vow to continue collecting stories, photos, song, and video for the blog and website.  Our goal is to work on linking to other sites that have records of the event and to post reflective writing that continues to serve as therapy and healing through the written and spoken word.

Monika Rose