The Dystrumpian Almanac

Dystrumpian Almanac

Peninsula Literary is proud to introduce the Dystrumpian Almanac to help you navigate mapv1_IBJthe unfolding Dystrumpia. Created by a group of writers, artists and musicians, the Almanac presents stories, advice, poems, songs, and lots more from survivors of the First Middle Ages. Find out what an actual Apothecary from the Middle Ages says about life without health insurance, enjoy the odes and poetry of Troilus, Journalist Meissa de Pizan’s helpful tips on determining whether or not you are a slave, and historical perspectives from scholar Jacques Louis Menetra. A Living Book Project from Tarweed Accelerator for Writers, in partnership with Peninsula Literary, The Dystrumpian Almanac‘s contributing Editors are Jean Znidarsic and Charlotte Muse.


Spring Reading – March 17, 2017, 7:00 pm


Poet & Fiction Writer – David Denny

Fiction WriterOlga Zilberbourg

With:  Terry Adams, Patrick Daly, Charlotte Muse, & Molly Spencer

Presenting:  Artist Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro

at Gallery House, 320 California Avenue, Palo Alto

October 16, 2015 Reading







Art and Refreshments at Peninsula Literary October 16

We had a great audience for the October reading. Featured readers Lori Ostlund and Jennifer Swanton Brown offered compelling readings.



Lori Ostlund led off, introducing several quirky Midwestern characters from her new novel.


Former Cupertino Poet Laureate Jennifer Swanton Brown captivated with poems she had written on demand at an art festival poetry booth.



Guest readers Renee Schell and Phyllis Butler added texture with poetry and non-fiction, and we heard from a new memoir by Dante Drummond.

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And Artist Dorothy Burston Brown discussed her fascinating process for producing sculpture.




Thank you to all of our October readers, and to all who helped set up, tear down, and all who came to join us! 20151016_195737






Peninsula Literary will be on hiatus after this reading, but we’ll be back in summer/fall of 2016.

We hope to see you then!

Jean Znidarsic and Carrie Hechtman, Peninsula Literary



Jennifer Swanton Brown and Lori Ostlund, October 16

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An Evening of Poetry and Prose

Friday, October 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

at Gallery House, 320 California Ave, Palo Alto

Featuring:  Poet Laureate Jennifer Swanton Brown
 &  Award-Winning Novelist Lori Ostlund
with artist Dorothy Burston Brown
Produced by
Carrie Hechtman and Jean Znidarsic

Kristi Moos and Kevin Sharp – January 30 7:00 PM



An Evening of Poetry and Prose

 Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

at Gallery House, 320 California Avenue, Palo Alto

Featuring:  Kristi Moos and Kevin Sharp

 with Guest Readers:  Paul Carroll,  Mary-Marcia Casoly,  Sibel Sayiner, Preeva Tramiel 

Produced by Jean Znidarsic and Carrie Hechtman


Kevin Sharp is a former screenwriter and current high school creative writing teacher. His first novel, After Dakota, was published in 2013. His work has appeared online on The Weeklings and 100 Word Story; in print in Bookmarks magazine and in the Palo Alto Weekly. He will be featured in the upcoming Fiction Attic Press short story anthology. Looking back, he knows that working at a comic book store in high school was still the best job he’s ever had.

Kristi Moos’s poetry appears in Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, ISLE, New American Writing, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Winner of the Harold Taylor Prize from the Academy of American Poets and nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Kristi is currently finishing a collection of narrative poems set in California. She serves as editor of Poecology( and teaches at San Francisco State University.