Jennifer Swanton Brown and Lori Ostlund, October 16

PENINSULA LITERARY PRESENTS
Maura Carta

Maura Carta

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

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PENINSULA LITERARY PRESENTS

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(www.poecology.org) and teaches at San Francisco State University.

 

September 12 Reading

John Nimmo Reads at Peninsula Literary September 12, 2014

John Nimmo Reads at Peninsula Literary September 12, 2014

Our September reading found us near the end of a hot day, everyone still wishing for rain. Gallery House filled up quickly with friends of the series, and we settled in for the pleasure of being read to by the authors themselves.

It’s always a surprise to watch a reading unfold in real time after all that goes into putting the program together. Together, the diverse voices and elements make an experience that is somehow more than the sum of its parts.

Below are the bios of our September readers. Thank you to all of them, and to all who helped set up, tear down, and all who came to join us! We hope to have videos of the reading online soon. Please check back.

Jean Znidarsic and Carrie Hechtman, Peninsula Literary

 

First Half

 

Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford, where she was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and held a Jones Lectureship; and in the MFA program at San Francisco State. Her fiction has been published in numerous literary journals, and won a TransAtlantic Review prize. She’s the author of six books, including creative writing textbooks, The Making of a Story and Method and Madness (both published by Norton), and the novels, Turn of Mind, and Circle of Wives,which was published earlier this year.  

 

Lita Kurth has an MFA from Rainier Writers Workshop and has work accepted or published in FjordsReview, Redux, Raven Chronicles, Main Street Rag, Tikkun, NewVerseNews, Blast Furnace, eliipsis…literature and art, Compose, Tattoo Highway, Composite Arts, Verbatim Poetry, the Santa Clara Review, Vermont Literary Review, and others. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her CNF “This is the Way We Wash the Clothes,” presented at the Working Class Studies conference, 2012, won the 2014 Diana Woods Memorial Award (summer-fall 2014) and appeared in Lunchticket 2014. She contributes to Tikkun.org/tikkundaily, TheReviewReview.net, and classism.org. In 2013, she co-founded the Flash Fiction Forum, a reading series in San Jose. She teaches writing and creative writing at De Anza College and in private workshops.

 

Noorulain Noor is a clinical researcher at Stanford University and the poetry editor of Papercuts. Papercuts is a publication of Desi Writers’ Lounge, an online writing community for emerging South Asian writers, run entirely on a voluntary basis. Noorulain’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in ARDOR literary magazine, The Bangalore Review, Apeiron Review, Clapboard House, Blue Lake Review, aaduna, and other journals. Raised in Lahore, Pakistan, Noorulain now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she leads poetry workshops, blogs, and writes on the broad themes of identity, multiculturalism, and the immigrant experience.

Papercuts Magazine: http://desiwriterslounge.net/papercuts/

Blog: http://gollgappay.blogspot.com/

 

Erin Byrne writes travel essays, poetry, fiction and screenplays.  Her work has won numerous awards, including Travelers’ Tales Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, and appears in a variety of publications, including World Hum and Best Travel Writing.  Erin is writer of The Storykeeper, an award-winning film about occupied Paris.  She is occasional guest instructor at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, and is co-editor of  Vignettes & Postcards From Paris, the first in a series of anthologies based on her workshops in different parts of the world.  http://www.e-byrne.com

 

 

–Intermission

 

 

Peninsula Literary Series, Sept 12, 2014

Reader Bios

 

 

Second Half

 

David Roderick’s first book of poems, Blue Colonial, won the APR/Honickman Prize. This fall, the Pitt Poetry Series published his second book, The Americans. He teaches in the MFA Writing Program at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and hosts The Late Nite Poetry Show, an interview series on The Rumpus.

 

 

Rebekah Pickard studies with Peter Orner and Nona Caspers in the MFA fiction program at SF State. Glimmer Train named her short story, Pray Down the Rain, on the Top-25 list of their September 2012 fiction open contest. She is currently working on a novel with the working title of I Am My Brother’s River, the story of two brothers growing up together in rural Missouri in the 1920s.

 

 

John Nimmo has been seriously hooked on poetry since the mid 1990s. His poems have appeared in various online and paper journals, including Stirring, Rattle, Sand Hill Review, Pirene’s Fountain, and DMQ Review. He has an active career as an environmental physicist, and lives with his wife Elsa in Menlo Park.

David Roderick and Alice LaPlante September 12

 


Summer FlowersPENINSULA LITERARY PRESENTS

An Evening of Poetry and Prose – 7pm Friday Sept. 12 at Gallery House, 320 South California Ave, Palo Alto

Featuring David Roderick and Alice LaPlante, with Lita Kurth,

Paul Carroll, Noorulain Noor, Rebekah Pickard, and Erin Byrne

Produced by Jean Znidarsic and Carrie Hechtman, peninsulaliterary.wordpress.com

Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford, where she was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and held a Jones Lectureship; and in the MFA program at San Francisco State. Her fiction has been published in numerous literary journals, and won a TransAtlantic Review prize. Author of six books, including creative writing textbook, Method and Madness (W.W. Norton 2009), her novel, Coming of Age at the End of Days will come out in the spring.  

David Roderick’s first book of poems, Blue Colonial, won the APR/Honickman Prize. This fall, the Pitt Poetry Series published his second book, The Americans. He teaches in the MFA Writing Program at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and hosts The Late Nite Poetry Show, an interview series on The Rumpus.


Joshua Mohr and Peter Kline, October 11

PLS autumn-1 Peninsula Literary presents

An Evening of Poetry and Prose, Friday October 11 7:00 p.m.  At  Gallery House, 320 South California Avenue, Palo Alto @ Birch Street, through Printer’s Inc. Cafe

Featuring: Joshua Mohr and Peter Kline With Guest Readers: Molly Spencer, Sindya Bhanoo, Katie Zeigler and Kim Lohse Produced By Carrie Hechtman and Jean Znidarsic  

Joshua Mohr is the author of four novels, including Damascus, which The New
York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Some Things that Meant
the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco
Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice on The New
York Times Best Seller List. He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA
program at the University of San Francisco. His latest novel is Fight Song.

Peter Kline’s poetry has been honored with a 2008-2010 Wallace Stegner
Fellowship, as well as residency awards from the Amy Clampitt House, the James
Merrill House, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Foundation. His poems have
appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, Poetry, and many other journals, and have
been anthologized twice in the Best New Poets series. Formerly the William
Chace Lecturer of Creative Writing at Stanford University, he currently teaches
creative writing at the University of San Francisco and with Stanford Continuing
Studies. His first collection of poems, Deviants, was published in September 2013
by Stephen F. Austin State University Press.

 
Authors will have books for sale at the reading.

Toni Mirosevich and Lindsay Tam Holland June 28

Burleigh Murray Barn Peninsula Literary-1Peninsula Literary Presents:

An Evening of Poetry and Prose

7pm Friday, June 28

At Gallery House, 320 South California Avenue, Palo Alto

Produced by Carrie Hechtman and Jean Znidarsic

https://peninsulaliterary.wordpress.com/

Featuring: Toni Mirosevich and Lindsay Tam Holland

And guest readers: Marisa Kanemoto, Ann Gelder, Deborah Michel, John Nimmo, Kelly Cressio-Moeller, and visual artist Uma Kelkar.

Toni Mirosevich is the author of six collections of poetry and prose, most recently The Takeaway Bin (Spuyten Duyvil, NY). Her book of nonfiction stories, Pink Harvest, (Mid-List Press) received the First Series in Creative Nonfiction Award and her poetry chapbook, My Oblique Strategies, the Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award. Her multi-genre work has been anthologized in Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, Best American Travel Writing, The Gastronomica Reader, The Discovery of Poetry, and elsewhere. Literary fellowships and residencies include

the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Hedgebrook and Blue Mountain Center. She’s a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, and former Associate Director of the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives. www.tonimirosevich.com

Lindsay Tam Holland was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and actually convinced someone once that every student there rode dolphins to school. After moving to Northern California and earning an undergraduate degree from Stanford, Holland went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from the University of San

Francisco. Along with teaching high school English and creative writing, Holland coaches water polo, avoids tofu, and enjoys writing limericks. Her debut novel The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong is forthcoming next month from Simon & Schuster and is available for advanced order online.


James Arthur and Traci Chee April 19

Peninsula Literary Table and Art Peninsula Literary presents

An Evening of Poetry and Prose Friday, April 19, 2013, 7:00 p.m. At  Gallery House, 320 South California Avenue, Palo Alto @ Birch Street, through Printer’s Inc. Cafe Featuring:  James Arthur and Traci Chee                                                          

With Guest Readers: Mary Felstiner, John McDonough, Hee-June Choi, Stuart Langs

Produced By Carrie Hechtman and Jean Znidarsic  

James Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampitt House. He is currently a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, is available through Copper Canyon Press.

Traci Chee writes and teaches, teaches and writes. Her debut short story collection, Consonant Sounds for Fish Songs, is available through Aqueous Books. Recently, she has been collaborating with visual and performing artists and reading at various literary events in the San Francisco Bay Area. The play “Philia,” based on one of her short stories, will be performed at the San Francisco Fringe Festival in September 2013. Chee keeps a blog at tracichee.blogspot.com and you can follow her on Twitter @tracichee. She likes fish and ships.

 
Authors will have books for sale at the reading.