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Reading | Fault Zone: Words for Uncertain Times

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Feeling a bit on edge? Ground shifting under your feet? Distract yourself for an hour with selected readings from the Fault Zone anthology series edited by the SF Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club. Since the first edition "Words from the Edge" in 2010 to 2019’s "Strike Slip," the anthologies have featured stories, creative nonfiction, and poems by branch members. The series takes its name from the restless geology of the San Francisco Bay area. Fault Zone isn’t only about earthquakes. It’s about personal faults, shortcomings, and the foibles of being human. Outrageously edgy, deadly serious, bitingly funny—Fault Zone has it all.

The reading is curated and moderated by past and current Fault Zone editors.

Sue Barizon

Sue, a native San Franciscan, writes memoir on her mid-century, suburban upbringing in the Bay Area. Her work has been published in the Fault Zone series and Carry the Light anthologies. She’s won numerous awards from the San Mateo County Fair including CWC’s 2013 Writer of the Year and 2016 & 2018 Best of Show for Memoir. She serves as Exhibit Coordinator for the Literary Arts Dept. at the San Mateo County Fair.

Thomas Crockett

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1954, I am fortunate to have come of age in the 1960s in a New York that is all but forgotten now a mostly Italian-Irish working-class neighborhood. This upbringing has fueled much of my writing, in particular my early work. After having written several historical novels focused on English and Italian history, a travel book about my hitchhiking experiences in the 1970s and a teaching book (I taught drama and directed plays for many years), I have returned to my roots, having recently finished my 7th book, On A Street Where Brooklyn Ends, a novel which takes place in “old” New York, 1964-1966.

Laurel Anne Hill

LAUREL ANNE HILL grew up in San Francisco, with more dreams of adventure than good sense or money. Her close brushes with death, love of family, respect for honor and belief in a higher power continue to influence her writing and life. KOMENAR Publishing released Heroes Arise, Laurel’s debut parable, in October 2007. “ForeWord Magazine” selected Heroes Arise for a Book of the Year Award for 2007 (bronze, science fiction). Sand Hill Review Press published her second novel, The Engine Woman’s Light, as an e-book in October 2016. The trade paper and case laminate editions followed in 2017. The Engine Woman’s Light received the 2017 Independent Press Award (steampunk category) and a Kirkus star. Kirkus has included this gripping spirits-meet-steampunk novel on its list of the best 100 indie books in 2017 and top six indie teen. Chanticleer Reviews has shortlisted The Engine Woman’s Light for its Ozma and Dante Rossetti Book Awards.

David Hirzel

David Hirzel’s poetry is only one facet of his wide-ranging literary output. Other works include “When Your Life Depends on It,” a business/self-help book (with Brad Borkan), nonfiction narratives on polar exploration, one-act plays for the sadly defunct Fringe of Marin and full-length plays looking for production. Readers of the Pacifica Tribune and Marin IJ may be familiar with his name from regular appearances in their opinion pages. When not writing from Sky Ranch overlooking the wide Pacific Ocean, he can be found at the drafting table of his architectural design firm or sailing his (and Alice’s) gaff-rigged catboat “Kitty Sark” on San Pablo Bay.

Diane Jacobson

Diane Jacobson was born and raised outside Missoula, Montana where she roamed from creek bed to mountain top until the dinner bell rang. Wherever she has lived since, she remains from Montana. As any true Montana girl would, she is weathering life with an arsenal of fish stories to tell, a Leatherman tool in her purse, and a row of boots in her closet. She currently lives in San Carlos with her husband, son, and dogs where she writes, cooks, gardens and explores.

Audrey Kalman

Audrey writes fiction with a dark edge about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. Her most recent book, "Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories," was shortlisted for the 2019 Rubery Book Award. She is the author of the novels "What Remains Unsaid" and "Dance of Souls." More than a dozen online and print journals have published her fiction and poetry. A member of the SF Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club since 2011, she currently serves as branch president. Both of her day jobs, as a birth doula and as a freelance editor, offer the joy of helping others find their voices.

Lisa Meltzer Penn

Lisa Meltzer Penn grew up in cold and cloudy Syracuse, New York, received a BA in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University in 1986, and in 2007, an MA in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she completed The Siren Dialogues. In-between, she lived in Spain, traveled back and forth to an island, and had a successful career editing bestselling middle grade and young adult fiction, becoming known for digging into the bones of a story to bring out the best in it. All along the way, she kept writing. Lisa lives in Belmont, California. She is Immediate Past President of the California Writers' Club, SF Peninsula branch, and Founding Editor of the Fault Zone Anthology series.

Martha Clark Scala

Martha Clark Scala grew up in New England and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1980’s. She is the author of Assembling a Life: Claiming the Artist in My Father (and Myself), a book-length memoir/collage of poems, prose and photographs. As collage artist, poet and writer, Martha's work explores the anguish of grief and celebrates the delight of creativity. Since 2007, she has written Out on a Limb, a monthly blog focused on cultivating joy.


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