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.




Reading November 2

Grain Elevator A. McD.Next Reading, 7 pm Friday, November 2

Featuring Nona Caspers and Joey Garcia, with Tarweed Writer Tania Martin, Bob Dickerson, Deborah Kennedy, Tanu Wakefield, and artist Trevlyn Williams.

At Gallery House, 320 California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

Produced by Tarweed’s Jean Znidarsic, and Carrie Hechtman

Lita Kurth, Brittany Perham, Jim Cole, Gerard Sarnat, Margaret Juhae Lee and Jeff Grinnell – October 13

Vesuvio SuitsJoin us Friday, October 13 at 7 pm at Gallery House, 320 California Avenue, Palo Alto for a reading of poetry and prose, featuring Lita Kurth and Brittany Perham, with guests Jim Cole, Gerard Sarnat, Margaret Juhae Lee, and Jeff Grinnell. 

Featured readers in early February – Susanna Solomon, plus Joel Thomas Katz and Robert Perry reading from their translation of Dutch poets Ingmar Heytze and Saskia Stehouwer; and fiction writer Pam Squyres.

July 14 Reading

Tarn Wilson at Peninsula LiteraryOur July 14 reading included a wonderful group of readers with a broad spectrum of styles. The effervescent Tarn Wilson(photograph above), the avian Tracy Guzman, and the amazing Peg Alford Purcell, whose Sausalito reading series – Why There Are Words has expanded to several places throughout the U.S., and Phyllis Cline, who rarely comes out to share her piquant style of poetry. The reading included our own Jean Znidarsic reading from the Dystrumpian Almanac – advice from the past on surviving the new Middle Ages, artist Rose of the Gallery House, and Esther Kamkar, who has written a number of books and has also contributed to the Dystrumpian Almanac. Also present in the gallery were notable local poets Charlotte Muse and Patrick Daly, the curators of the Not Yet Dead Poets monthly Redwood City reading series at the Main Street Gallery. We are very grateful to all of our writers and artists, and all who attended and helped set up and clean up. Without you, Peninsula Literary would just be Carrie and Jean having a glass of wine and talking about writing. Check back shortly for details on our October reading.