Magical Reading

IMG_5303Ten Years at Gallery House

The Peninsula Literary November 2 reading was intense, multifaceted, and magical. Many thanks to everyone who showed up, contributed, or helped out! Produced by Carrie Hechtman, and Jean Znidarsic, Peninsula Literary is celebrating ten years of readings at Gallery House.

Nona Caspers started the reading with excerpts from her new book, The Fifth Woman, which brings before us an unflinching array of close studies. Whether a place, an animal, or a person, Caspers’ subjects are unforgettable.

Joey Garcia, founder of the Belize Writers’ Conference, treated us to a vivid piece from the heart that was alternately hilarious and tragic. The Belize conference, coming in the spring, is currently taking applications from writers who are ready to meet and get to know agents in a beach setting, while learning how to bring their work to market.

All of our readers brought their magic: including Bob Dickerson (photo above), whose delivery is almost as riveting and audacious as his poetry; Tania Martin (photo below) of Flash Fiction Forum, and also a Tarweed writer–funny, irreverent and archly layered; Tanu Wakefield, searing poems, delivered with formidable charm; Deborah Kennedy–award winning, vivid work; and Melody Parker nailed her first live reading.


Peninsula Literary has spawned a partner–Tarweed for Writers, taking our ten years of effort in support of writers a big step further. Designed to help writers develop a following while they are creating a book, as well as through publication and beyond, Tarweed is currently in the closed beta test of its first phase–Works In Progress, which will culminate in a reading of Tarweed writers in the spring.

IMG_5286Readings on Video

As part of Tarweed’s phase one, the awesome Mid Peninsula Media Center have videotaped Peninsula Literary’s August and November readings. August is available at under the events tab, and the November reading will be available in a few weeks.

Participate in Tarweed Beta

If you are an accomplished writer with a book under way, and would like help building a following, check out Tarweed, and contact Jean Znidarsic at for information about participating in WIP.

Gallery House

Gallery House is currently celebrating their 60th year as a wonderful collective that brings unique and vibrant art to the community. Check out the exhibit, which includes the fine work of Trevlyn Williams and Martha Castillo. A long time supporter of Peninsula Literary, Williams spoke at the reading about nature as an inspiration for her paintings, and the refuge we all may find in our creative pursuits.