March 19, 2010

Peninsula Literary Series

at Gallery House March 19, 2010

Authors Presenting

Sally Ashton is editor-in-chief of the DMQ Review (disquieting muses quarterly). She is the author of two recent poetry releases, Her Name Is Juanita and Some Odd Afternoon, recipient of an Artist Fellowship from Arts Council Silicon Valley, and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Ashton earned her MFA at Bennington. She teaches in local workshops and at San José State University.

Lisen Stromberg is an award-winning writer whose work has been published in Salon Magazine, Mothering Magazine, the Utne Reader and others. She is currently enrolled in an MFA in writing at Mills College where she is the fiction editor for the 580 Split.

Kelci Baughman McDowell is a graduate of USF’s MFA in Writing program and the managing editor of its online literary magazine Switchback. She is working on a poetry manuscript entitled 52 Sundays but mostly spends her time dreaming of the ideal accordion-fold book to build from scraps of fine Japanese paper. She’s also quite frequently rejected by various respected literary magazines.

Check out her blog:

Toni Mirosevich is the author of Queer Street, My Oblique Strategies, winner of the 2005 Frank 
O'Hara Chapbook Award, and The Rooms We Make Our Own. Her writing has appeared in Zyzzyva, 
Gastronomica, Crowd, and The Bark, among other publications, and has been anthologized in 
The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, The Gastronomica Reader, Best American Travel 
Writing, The Discovery of Poetry, The Impossible Will Take A Little While, AutoBioDiversity, 
and elsewhere. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and 
former Associate Director of the Poetry Center. Pink Harvest (Mid-List Press, 2007), her 
first collection of nonfiction stories, won the 2007 First Series Award in Creative Nonfiction. 
She lives in Pacifica, California.

Azin Arefi was born in Iran and moved to the United States with her family. She studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and has a master’s degree from UC Davis in Creative Writing. Azin’s stories and poetry predominantly navigate the Persian culture, especially the culture of the past. Currently she teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at De Anza College and San Jose City College. Her publications include a short story in Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been, an anthology of Iranian Women Writers, edited by Prof. Persis Karim and a story in The Momaya Annual Review, based in London.

Melanie Reitzel is a maternity nurse specialist in lactation at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and is very close to finishing the MFA program at SFSU. She has a memoir coming out in the Spring 2010 issue of ZYZZYVA and “Gauloises” (which she will be reading tonight) has been accepted by the LA journal The Black Boot.

Also, she’d like her son and daughter-in-law to know: She’s ready to be a grandmother.


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