Peninsula Literary Series Presents A Reading on Friday, July 17, 2009, 7:00 p.m. At Gallery House, 320 South California Avenue, Palo Alto @ Birch Street, through Printer’s Inc. Cafe Featuring Charlotte Muse and Barbara Tomash With Guest Readers Beverley Bie Brahic, Peter Neil Carroll, Jeanne DuPrau, and Robert Pesich
JOIN US AT OUR NEW LOCATION! We look forward to seeing you there. Carrie Hechtman and Jean Znidarsic, series co-organizers About Gallery House
About the Featured Authors
Barbara Tomash was born in Washington DC and raised in Los Angeles. She worked extensively as a multimedia artist before her creative interests turned her toward writing. In 1998 she received her MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University, where she now teaches. Her poetry has appeared widely in literary journals, including Colorado Review, New American Writing, and, zyzzyva. Her book Flying in Water won the Winnow First Poetry Award and has been reissued by Spuyten Duyvil Press. Tomash’s newest book, The Secret of White, was published earlier this year. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and son.
Charlotte Muse received both her MA and her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she has taught Creative Writing and Poetry Writing. She also taught for some years as Instructor in Poetry for U.C. Berkeley Extension, for the Lifelines Project, and for many other organizations. Her chapbook, A Story Also Grows, was a Main Street Rag Editor’s Choice selection, published in 2009. A handmade fine letterpress edition is due out later this summer from the Chester Creek Press. She is also the author of The Comfort Teacher, a chapbook from The Heyeck Press, and co-author of Trio, a poetry collection with Toni Mirosevich and Edward Smallfield (Specter Press). She has won several prizes for poetry, including the Yeats Society of New York’s Poetry Award, an International Publication Award from the Atlanta Review, and prizes in the Joy Harjo Poetry Award competition, the Friends of Acadia Competition judged by Wesley McNair, and several others. Her poem, “In Which I Forgive the River” was one of three runners-up for this year’s Foley Prize, and will be published in the coming months.