Peninsula Literary Series Reading March 21, 2008

The second reading at Gallery 2611 featured another group of accomplished readers.


CB Follett, known to her friends as ‘Lyn, is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which – titled Hold and Release — was published in 2007. ‘Lyn is the publisher and co-editor of RUNES, a Review of Poetry, editor/publisher of GRRRRR, A Collection of Poems about BEARS, and general dogsbody of Arctos Press. Widely published, ‘Lyn has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Poetry Book Award in 2001 for At the Turning of the Light; multiple nominations for a Pushcart Prize; and a Marin Arts Council Grant for Poetry.

Susan Browne’s poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, River City, The Mississippi Review, Gargoyle, Margie and other journals and anthologies, including 180 More, Extraordinary Poems for Everyday. Her first book, Buddha’s Dogs, won The Four Way Books Prize in 2004. Susan has also received awards from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, the National Writer’s Union, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, and the River Styx International Poetry Contest and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In conjunction with poet Kim Addonizio, Susan also has a word/music CD titled Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing, available from She teaches at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.

Gregory Randall has poetry forthcoming in CQ, South Carolina Review, Rosebud, River Oak Review and Distillery. He’s a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers as well as the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference. Greg was a finalist for the 2006 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and his poetry received an award in the Sebastopol Center for the Arts writing contest.

Susan Terris has penned six poetry books, the most recent of which, Contrariwise, was just released by Time Being Books. Her work has been widely published in journals such as The Iowa Review, Field, Calyx, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, Denver Quarterly, and Ploughshares Susan has been awarded numerous honors, including a Pushcart Prize and, in 2007 she was the winner of two chapbook competitions held by Pavement Saw Press and Pudding House Publications, respectively. Susan is  co-editor with CB Follett of RUNES, A Review Of Poetry.

Elizabeth Costello’s prose and poetry have appeared in Calyx, Fourteen Hills, The San Francisco Metropolitan, and elsewhere. While still in progress, her novel, The Obedient, was a finalist for the William Faulkner Fiction Award and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Last fall she read from her novel as part of Litquake, the San Francisco literary festival, and her reading was chosen to be broadcast on radio station KALW.  She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at University of San Francisco and runs the Bernal Yoga Literary Series.

Amy MacLennan has been published or has work forthcoming in River Styx, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cimarron Review, Rattle, South Dakota Review, Folio and Wisconsin Review. Amy has appeared at the Petaluma Poetry Walk, the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival, the Art & Soul Festival’s Oakland Literature Expo, the Sacramento Poetry Center and Cody’s Books.


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