Story Is the Thing: Kepler's Quarterly Reading Series
Presented by Peninsula Arts & Letters and Kepler's Books.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Mark your calendars for the next Story Is the Thing on
Thursday, February 16, 2017
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park CA 94025
Please join us at 7:15 for light refreshments -- the program will begin at 7:30.
Keplers is launching a new quarterly reading series, Story Is the Thing, designed to bring emerging and established writers together in celebration of storytelling. The festivities include readings by seven superb writers, conversation, wine and music!
The opening night presents stories on the theme Who Else Lives Here, featuring Melissa Cistaro (Pieces of My Mother), Elizabeth Percer (All Stories Are Love Stories), Ed Porter, Tony Press (Crossing the Lines), Peg Alford Pursell (a forthcoming book titled Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow), Shruti Swamy (The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016), and Olga Zilberbourg.
Melissa Cistaro is the author of the memoir PIECES OF MY MOTHER (winner of the Best Nonfiction Book of 2105 selected by The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association). Melissas stories and interviews have appeared in The New Ohio Review, Brevity, The Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, PBS: To the Contrary, Bookish, Good Housekeeping and the anthologies Love and Profanity and Cherished. Between the years of raising her children, writing, bookselling, teaching horseback riding, and curating a business in equestrian antiques, she completed her first memoir. You can learn more at melissacistaro.com and on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-henry-sterry/melissa-cistaro-on-horses_b_8033490.html
Elizabeth Percer is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been honored by the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. She received a BA in English from Wellesley and a PhD in arts education from Stanford University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship for the National Writing Project at UC Berkeley. She lives in California with her husband and three children. All Stories Are Love Stories is her second novel.
Edward Porters short fiction has appeared in the Hudson Review, the Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, Best New American Voices, and is forthcoming in Glimmer Train. His work has been supported by the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the MacDowell Colony, the Wallace Stegner program at Stanford University, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences. He has taught creative writing at Millsaps College, and is currently a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Stanford.
Tony Press tries to pay attention and sometimes he does. His short story collection, CROSSING THE LINES, was published in January, 2016 by Big Table Publishing. About 100 of his stories and poems can be found in many fine journals. Though he lives in the Bay Area, he has no website.
Peg Alford Pursell is the author of the forthcoming book of flash and hybrid prose, SHOW HER A FLOWER, A BIRD, A SHADOW (ELJ Publications). Her work has been published in The Cortland Review, The Journal of Compressed Arts, RHINO, among others, and shortlisted for the Flannery OConnor Award. She produces Why There Are Words, the acclaimed Bay Area reading series she founded six years ago, and is the founding editor of WTAW Press, an independent publisher of literary books. www.pegalfordpursell.com
Shruti Swamy lives and writes in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016, Agni, The Kenyon Review Online, the Boston Review, and elsewhere. In 2012, she was Vassar College's 50th W.K. Rose Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and the Blue Mountain Center. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow.
Olga Zilberbourg is a bilingual writer. Two books of her short fiction have appeared in Russia, and a short film based on one of her stories was a finalist in the Manhattan Short Film Festival. Her English-language prose has been featured in World Literature Today, Narrative Magazine, Epiphany, Hobart, Santa Monica Review, J Journal, and other print and online publications. She co-hosts the weekly San Francisco Writers Workshop at Dog Eared Books in the Mission. Her website is http://zilberbourg.com/
Tickets: $10.00 per person
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