First PLS Reading – January 18, 2008

The first Peninsula Series Readings took place in Redwood City at  Gallery 2611 (  Co-organized by Carrie Hechtman and Mary Petrosky, the readings brought in a diverse group of Bay Area readers and attracted an audience from all over the peninsula.


Joyce Kleiner is entering her final semester as a graduate student in writing at the University of San Francisco.  She was one of four students recently nominated to represent the USF program in the AWP Intro Journals Project, a national contest for students of creative writing programs. Currently Joyce has a column in the Mill Valley Herald entitled, “Civics Lessons.”  She lives in Mill Valley with her husband and son.

Elizabeth Percer’s poetry has appeared in the American Literary Review, Lyric Poetry Review, The Midwest Quarterly, RUNES: A Review of Poetry, and The Spoon River Poetry Review. She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and is currently working on her first volume of poetry. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in arts education and hopes to translate her creative work into a platform for educational reform. She lives in Redwood City with her husband and three children.

Palmer Pinney is a long-time member of the Waverley Writers, a poetry group based in Palo Alto. He has read his poetry at Waverly and at the Not-Yet-Dead-Poets’ Society in Redwood City.  Palmer has worked as a wordsmith for more than forty years, first in book publishing and then in high-tech marketing. Last year he led a team that produced a history of Waverley Writers.

Winner of a Best New Poets prize in 2005, Lauren Rusk recently published her first collection of  poetry, Pictures in the Firestorm. Her narrative and lyric poems are driven by social concerns and informed by visual art and aesthetic pleasures. She teaches writing and literature at Stanford University and lives part of each year in Oxford, England.

The recipient of Stegner, National Endowment for the Arts, and MacDowell Colony poetry fellowships, Brian Teare is the author of the award-winning debut book The Room Where I Was Born and the chapbooks Pilgrim and Transcendental Grammar Crown. Two new books are forthcoming: Sight Map – from the University of California in 2009 —  and Pleasure – from Ahsahta in  2010. He lives and teaches in San Francisco.

Jean Znidarsic writes fiction and has a poetry and photography blog called ‘Things We Write’ at  A student at San Francisco State University, she hopes to graduate with her MFA in creative writing in 2009.  She is working on a novel, The Green Man.


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