Blue Moon Writers Guild
In May 2007, teacher/author Scott Evans organized a fiction writing workshop, offered for credit through the University of the Pacific...the first time Pacific had offered a course in Davis, CA. Needing a place to meet, the Davis Art Center kindly allowed the takeover of their board room once a week each Thursday for 10 weeks. By the second week's meeting, which happened to occur on the second full moon in May, Scott conceived the idea that this group of writers form a guild and create a literary magazine.
By November 2007, the first issue of The Blue Moon Literary and Art Review was published. The second issue was published in September 2008.
Scott Evans has taught at the University of the Pacific in Central California for over twenty years, including fiction writing and a course titled Crime, Punishment and Justice that introduces first-year students to criminology from various perspectives. He has also taught at the University of California, Davis, including a course in legal writing for the King Hall Law School’s Outreach Program. Before returning to California, he taught at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, which is one of the settings in his “literary” murder mysteries. These thrillers follow the misadventures of a handsome, resourceful, but somewhat naïve young college instructor named Joseph Lawrence Conrad who, in Tragic Flaws, is accused of a series of brutal crimes and uses ideas from Hamlet to set a trap for the real killer. First Folio picks up approximately three years later when Joe receives a box of manuscripts—the handwritten plays of William Shakespeare. The problem is, the handwriting is not Shakespeare’s and Joe is no Elizabethan scholar. Scott has attended Shakespeare authorship conferences and used dozens of books and articles during the four years of research that went into First Folio. When he is not playing tennis, scuba diving, or sailing on the San Francisco Bay, you will probably find Scott Evans listening to jazz and sipping a martini at a local bar while chatting about books with fellow writers.
Adam David Russ is the author of Bloodhound in Blue: The True Tales of Police Dog JJ and His Two-Legged Partner, available from Lyons Press July 2013. His short stories have appeared in Paradigm, The Battered Suitcase, the short story collection All in the Game, and have won awards from Writer’s Digest, The Baltimore Review, and New Millennium Writings. His stories have also been presented at Stories on Stage. Adam lives in Northern California with his wife and son.
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