Janet Stickmon will read from her newest work, Midnight Peache:s Two O’clock Patience, a collection of essays, poems and short stories. Stickmon reminds us that patience and a listening ear can inspire a person’s creative power to overflow without warning. The author of Crushing Soft Rubies, Janet's memoir has been used as a course textbook at several colleges and universities in the Bay Area. She is a professor, writer and performer, who continues to explore issues of love, motherhood, resilience, ancestral connection, and joy. Her works have influenced thousands of adults and adolescents for the last seventeen years.