Welcome to
Manzanita Writers Press!

A literary and arts center featuring local and regional writers, artists, and musicians, with support for their art forms and for people who enjoy participating in the arts.

 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 over 25 books, with ten more in the works for publication 2020. We host author readings, workshops, events, publish books, and promote the literary and visual arts in Calaveras, Amador, and Tuolumne counties, as well as network with writers & artists from nearby 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 anthologies and community writing collections, such as Out of the Fire, based on 2015 Butte Fire memories, and reflecting poignant and inspirational writing and photography about the destructive fire that echoed a run of several destructive fires in California. And Voices of Wisdom collections written by local seniors, 55+ who have participated in classes and programs with Manzanita. Also, there are the anthologies of the region, Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate – fine writing and art from our area about the finer delicacies communicated through poetry, prose, and art — and the beautiful Wild Edges, writing about the Sierra and Mother Lode, and other collections of Manzanita: Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra collections, a series of literary community anthologies that represent writers across the nation writing about this region.

Special thanks to our major program 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, CaliforniaAlso, thanks to the Calaveras Community Foundation for supporting Voices of Wisdom, free writing classes for seniors, and Voices anthologies for 2018 through 2020.

Thank you to California Humanities for their generous support of 2019 Voices of Wisdom Senior writing classes!  Visit calhum.org



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
  • Present art activities, classes, events, and workshops in all art forms
  • Support musicians and creative artists

 Board of Directors

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

Joy Roberts . . . Finance Director, Editor

Mary Sexton . . . Gallery Director, Vice-President

Stephen Archer . . . Program Director

Patricia Grant . . . Budget Director, Publishing & Grants

Sherri Bloomer . . . Social Media Director

Chrys Mollett . . . Publicity Director, Music Director

Joyce Dedini . . . Graphic Designer, Book Layout Designer

Sally Kaplan . . . Grants Assistance, Editor

Copy Editors & Content Editors: Michael Murray, Kati Rose, Shanda McGrew


Now Showing in the Gallery

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

Jan Alcalde, Murphys, Acrylics, photography, watercolors

Shay Baker, Sheep Ranch, Oil pastels, Acrylics

Sheri Bloomer, Arnold, Fine Jewelry, Silver metalwork, and more

Kevin Brady, Mokelumne Hill, cartoonist, watercolorist, frog specialties

Bobbette Budworth, Arnold, fused glass creations

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

Peter & Barb Conroy, Angels Camp – photography and art photorealism

Rory Erbeck, Vallecito – handcrafted, artistic, hardwood cutting boards, one-of-a-kind designs, food-ready

Victoria Fout, Angels Camp – mystical and magical acrylic paintings, multimedia sensations of fantastical creatures

Angela Harmon, Arnold, multi-media, acrylic, oils, and pastels

Vickie Mannix, Angels Camp – handcrafted, fine knitted shawls, wraps, hats, and more from a variety of wools – alpaca, bamboo, camel, and more — also acrylics and acrylic/wool blends

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

Twyla Olsen, Sonora – acrylics and mixed media, abstracts, florals, landscapes, and more

Patty Payne, Sheep Ranch – Equestrian, bovine, pigs, and wolves framed art – large canvas/acrylic, natural frames from Mother Lode wood, constructed by her husband Don Payne, prints, cards

Gary Rose, Mountain Ranch – California Hard-edge movement & Design, acrylic wall sculptures – dynamic, contemporary, large geometric abstracts – canvas and wood

Jim Sells, Murphys – photography, enhanced art photography on canvas and framed photography

Mary Sexton, Murphys – Acrylic, watercolor, oils – prints and framed pieces – Gallery Director


Also in the gallery on consignment:

Gordon Long, Photography cards

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

James Aarons, Mokelumne Hill – Ceramic abstract bowls

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

Judie Caine, 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

Norm Comer – Native American, original handcrafted drums & rattles