Third Reading, May 16, 2008

Peninsula Literary continued to evolve, keeping the same format with two featured readers and four guest readers, against a colorful backdrop of art work by Gallery 2611 artists.

Readers May 16, 2008

Rick Barot’s newest book, Want, was recently released by Sarabande Books. Born in the Philippines, Rick grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. His first book, The Darker Fall, won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and was published by Sarabande in 2002. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including The New England Review, The New Republic, Poetry, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. His work has also appeared in many anthologies, including The New Young American Poets, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation and Legitimate Dangers. Rick has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer.  He lives in Tacoma, Washington and teaches both in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and at Pacific Lutheran U..

Laura Moore received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University and is a co-editor and co-founder of Small Desk Press, a San Francisco-based small press dedicated to supporting writing that challenges the conventional divisions of experimental, narrative, poetry and/or prose. Laura lives in a basement by the beach in San Francisco with two ferrets. In her spare time, she likes to photograph abandoned cemeteries and look for lost ships buried under the streets of San Francisco.

Seth Fischer is pursuing an MFA in fiction and creative nonfiction at Antioch University Los Angeles, and is working on a novel and several short creative nonfiction pieces about war and family. He also has a master’s degree in political science from Syracuse University, where his research focused on the intersection between war and youth voting.

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2008). She grew up in Tacoma, Washington, lived for a time on Cape Cod and in Alaska, and is currently perched in California, where she is a Wallace Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University. Liz holds an MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and has received fellowships from the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. Her poetry been published in such journals as The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Field, and is forthcoming in Ploughshares.

Ashley Nelson is a graduating creative writing major at San Francisco State with aspirations of completing an M.F.A. one day. She’s lived in San Francisco for two years, is an avid MUNI rider, and is still figuring out the city’s mysteries.

Patrick Daly writes poetry and prose. His poetry has been published in Nicholas Kristof’s column in the New York Times and in many little magazines and ezines,. He’s received honorable mention in the Pushcart Prizes, and his chapbook Playing with Fire won the Abby Niebauer Memorial Prize. He has published articles and book reviews in the London Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the Palo Alto Weekly, and the Montserrat Review. He and his wife Charlotte Muse were the co-founders of “Out of Our Minds,” a prime-time poetry show on KKUP radio in Cupertino.

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