Barbara Tomash has a new book, Arboreal. According to Maxine Chernoff, “In Barbara Tomash’s exquisite new book, Arboreal, a narrator leads us through a set of deep questions about life and death and all that is in between… This is a poetry that burrows deeply into the earth, the body.”

Barbara Tomash is the author of three books of poetry: Arboreal (Apogee Press, 2014), Flying In Water (Spuyten Duyvil, 2007), which won the 2005 Winnow First Poetry Award, and The Secret of White  (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009). Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, New American Writing, Verse, VOLT, Witness, and many other journals. She lives in Berkeley, California, and teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.





Peter Kline’s new poetry collection, Deviants, is now available on, and in bookstores. See Peter Kline’s website for more information.




We’re very sorry to learn of the passing of Stacy Doris, wonderful poet and amazing teacher.  Doris had agreed to read at Peninsula Literary and we were waiting to hear when she’d be well enough to come and perform for us. Seize the day – she did.




The 7th annual Gold Rush Writers Conference–May 4, 5, & 6 in Mokelumne Hill–offers a choice of 16 workshops led by prize winning published authors, plus talks, panels and three meals for only $145.

Register now before the price jumps to $175 March 1.   Also many workshops are already filling. Go to and see why there is nothing out there to equal this boutique event.

See you there, Antoinette May

Author of the HarperCollins classics, “Pilate’s Wife” and “The Sacred Well.”

Poetry on the Move call for entries.  Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Sally Ashton announces “Poetry on the Move,” a poetry contest supported by the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, VTA, Arts Council Silicon Valley, and Santa Clara County to put poetry in public transportation. Winning poems will be placed in VTA light rail and buses in April, 2012. Submit your best poem, 50 words or less, that in some way relates to the contest theme, “Invention.” Sally is looking for poems that celebrate who we are and what we do in Silicon Valley. Write about “Invention” as a subject or a theme, or think of your poem as an invention. In it, capture the spirit of “making new” that shapes our county.

Visit the Poetry on the Move Submission Page or Sally’s Poet Laureate web page for more on how to participate. Open to Santa Clara County residents. Entry deadline is January 31.

Summer Greetings to All!

This is to announce that on Saturday, July 30, 2011, there will be a marvelous evening of poetry and music, as we welcome poets Jane Green and Clare Ramsaran, and special guest Celtic harper Patrice Haan.  If you were fortunate enough to have been at our April 30 evening, when Patrice also graced us with her presence and her original music, you will know that this evening is going to be a unique blend of word and sound.  Please join us, and bring a beverage or snack to share.

Jane Green
Clare Ramsaran
Patrice Haan, Celtic Harper

Florey’s Book Company
2120 Palmetto Avenue
Pacifica  CA

(650) 355-8811

Saturday, July 30, 2011

7:30 to 9:30


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  1. re: “Poetry on the move”. What a cool idea! Just returned from NY City where Billy Collins’ poem “Grand Central” and the work of other great poets were displayed in the subway. “Poetry In Motion” is a project of the NY/NJ Transportation Authority. Riding public transportation, it is so much nicer to read poetry than, say, advertisements for relief from heartburn or hemorrhoids.

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