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Respite by the River: Brynn Saito with Music by Jeff Bowman



Take a break from the rush of everyday life and join the River Parkway Trust for a Respite by the River. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket, lawn chair, and relax on the Ranch House front lawn while you enjoy live dinner music provided by talented local musicians. Macca's Wine Bar will be open during the dinner hour with wines for sale by the glass. Then you'll enjoy a reading by a Central Valley author. Dessert will be available for sale.

Evening Schedule is as follows:
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Live dinner music, bring your dinner, purchase your glass of wine or dessert

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Reading by acclaimed author

8:00 p.m. - Book sales and signing


BRYNN SAITO BIO:             

Brynn Saito MA, MFA, is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, the poetry chapbook, Bright Power, Dark Peace (Diode Editions, 2016). She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department at California State University, Fresno. Brynn is a Kundiman Asian American poetry fellow and a two-time recipient of the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Public Education grant for her work with the Yonsei Memory Project (YMP). Founded in 2017 with artist, Nikiko Masumoto, YMP utilizes arts- based inquiry to generate dialogue connecting the WWII incarceration of the Japanese American community with current struggles for justice. In the summer of 2019, Brynn will be an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Arts Institute (SFAI) as part of SFAI’s “Truth and Reconciliation” residency program. Brynn was born and raised in Fresno, California to a Korean American motherand a Japanese American father.  Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among other journals. Brynn holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College (MFA, creative writing), New York University (MA, religious studies), and UC Berkeley (BA, philosophy).
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Born in Lynwood, California in 1950, Jeff Bowman dreamed of becoming a musician, making films and being a story teller for as long as he can remember. Jeff grew up in Fresno, California and after a long and winding road attended and graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting in 1974. In his last year in college Jeff joined the band The Wild Blue Yonder as their percussionist. In six years that band produced two albums and a lot of good times. Along the way Jeff performed with his partner Paul Mc Adam under the banner of the Thundering Tuna Comedy Revue. Jeff eventually left the WBY and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music and acting career. Jeff worked with his good friend singer songwriter Randy Sharp in the Randy Sharp Band and also worked in film and television. Besides acting, Jeff also worked in set decoration.

During this period Jeff started a record company Bowkay Records and produced a Christmas Album with close friends Coleman Head, Randy Sharp, Sharon Bays, Maia Sharp, Judy Bixler, Bill Bixler, Loren Pickford, Tad Wadhams, and many more. That album released in November of 1986 has entertained many for the last thirty plus years and Judy Bixler’s version of Silent Night was the inspiration for his short film The Fare Before Christmas which Jeff wrote and co-directed.

Today in his solo performances, Jeff features the steel pan, an instrument with its roots in the island of Trinidad and lap steel guitar. Along with his own compositions, he features valley songwriters he has come to love and admire.

Jeff has also written a graphic novel, How The Light Gets In and publishes a magazine, The Last Pioneer, a chronicle of his childhood spent with his grandmother Billie Murphy.




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