July 9, 2010

Peninsula Literary Series Presents
A Reading on Friday, July 16, 2010, 7:00 p.m. 
At  Gallery House, 320 South California Avenue, Palo Alto
@ Birch Street, through Printer’s Inc. Cafe

Featuring: Ken Weisner, Malena Watrous, 
and guest artist, Kevyn Warnock
And Presenting Guest Readers 
Kara Arguello, Paul Carroll, Katie Carter, and Peter Sheehy
Carrie Hechtman and Jean Znidarsic, Series co-organizers

About Featured Authors

Ken Weisner is the author of two books from Hummingbird Press, The Sacred Geometry of Pedestrians from 2002, and Anything on Earth, released in March of 2010. Originally from Oakland, Ken has lived in Santa Cruz since 1982. Ken edits Red Wheelbarrow through De Anza College where he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. Weisner’s poetry has appeared in divergent media of late including the “Poets Against the War” website (2003); The Music Lovers Poetry Anthology (Persea, 2007); and more recently John Chandler and Wilma Marcus-Chandler’s “Willing Suspension Armchair Theater” production of Lost and Found: The Literature of Fathers and Sons (May, 2009).

Among other things, Malena Watrous has worked as a coat check, kindergarten teacher’s assistant, and restaurant critic.  She grew up in SF, but has lived in Eugene, Oregon, New York City, Iowa, and Japan, where she set her debut novel, If You Follow Me, which was published in 2010 by Harper Perennial, and won the Michener-Copernicus Award.  She attended the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop on a Truman Capote Fellowship and was the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, followed by a Jones Lectureship. She now works for Stanford as a head instructor in the Online Writer’s Workshop.  Her stories and essays have appeared in The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Believer, GlimmerTrain, The Massachussetts Review, Salon.com, StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She contributes regular book reviews to the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times. She lives in San Francisco, with her husband, Matt Schumaker, their son Max. She is currently at work on a new novel.

About Featured Artist Kevyn Warnock

For me, art has always been a lifelong passion.  This became fully realized when I studied art at the University of Utah.  I worked at several careers before understanding that anything I accomplished could not create the passion art held for me.

I found plein air landscape painting to be the most difficult and interesting facet of painting. I have been mesmerized by the light playing on the scene, the subtle colors and particularly the patterns created by the change of seasons and time. All of these become critical parts of the painting.  There is a never ending source of material in landscapes. Everywhere I look is a painting waiting to happen.

In addition to painting plein air, I work from photographs I have taken.  I use them as sketches and I can recall the feeling and mood I experienced when I was there . I believe I  convey this mood to the viewer.  The artist can be reached at her studio: 1870 ART CENTER

1870 Ralston Avenue, #16

Belmont,CA 94002

About Gallery House

www.galleryhouse2.com .


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