About Peninsula Literary



Carrie and JeanPeninsula Literary

Peninsula Literary is Carrie Hechtman – Poetry Curator, and Jean Znidarsic – Fiction Curator, plus several interns,  many writers, artists, and others who have supported the series for more than ten years.

Producing literary events for Silicon Valley audiences since 2008, Peninsula Literary is dedicated to fostering community and supporting writers across a broad spectrum of subjects and styles.

To receive our calls for submissions and reading announcements, please email us at peninsulaliterary@gmail.com.

Special thanks to Trevlyn Williams, Melanie Brandabur, Bart Hechtman, David Znidarsic, Cindy Campbell, Charlotte Muse, Patrick Daly, Haoning Jiang, Nathan Hechtman, Bob Dickerson, and all of the artists at Gallery House. Thank you for making Peninsula Literary possible!

Jean Znidarsic fff_editedJean Znidarsic earned an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University, where she studied the architecture of the novel, the screenplay, and teaching creative writing. She has worked as a journalist, has taught and mentored numerous writing students, and is a member of the Bay Area Manuscript Group. Recently, her work has appeared in Activate!, A Chapbook to Incite, and she has read at Euphrat Museum, Main Gallery, The Belize Writers Conference, and will read this August, at Why Are There Words, Portland. As fiction curator of Peninsula Literary, she has been producing literary events since 2008. She founded Tarweed Accelerator for writers in 2016. Currently serving on the 2019 Belize Writers Conference advisory board, she lives in San Francisco, where she is writing a novel and a memoir.


Carrie Harper Hechtman

Carrie Harper Hechtman is curator and co-founder of Peninsula Literary, which just celebrated ten years of community readings. Her poetry has appeared recently in Juked, Meridian and Denver Quarterly. She received an MFA from the University of San Francisco, and is working on a young adult novel. She teaches composition and creative writing.

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  1. 10-19-15. Dear Carrie, the reading last Friday was terrific, but I was so sorry to have to leave early (I needed to take my husband John home), and didn’t get a chance to tell you how much I value the work you do. it was wonderful to listen to, and wonderful to see such an enthusiastic audience. All the best, Mary Felstiner

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