Our Members

Browse our Member Lists and learn all about a writer’s life. Click on their website links for in depth information about them. Plus you can pick up a few books by clicking on book images. Many of our members are featured in our branch anthology series The Fault Zone and also the Carry the Light anthologies both published by the Sand Hill Review Press.

Current members: to add your own member listing, please send a short bio with fewer than 100 words and a resizable .jpeg image to webmaster@sfpeninsulawriters.com

 

CWC SF/Peninsula Members

Ana McCracken

LJ Anderson

Ana McCracken’s writing is published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and the anthologies Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God, The Joy of Adoption, and Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul. A former columnist and editor for Maui Vision Magazine, her writing has also appeared in Walnut Creek Magazine, Touching Lives, and other publications. Ana is busy writing a memoir, and blogs about herself and for her prolific Australian Shepherd, Avy. Visit Ana and sign up for her eNewsletter at www.anamccracken.com and follow her on Twitter @anahaysmcc.

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Angela Yang

LJ Anderson

Angela does not write to win prizes, to earn money, or to become famous one day. She writes as part of a long journey, the pursuit of the power of understanding. Though vague for a high-schooler, this pursuit has guided her through the writing of her four self-published novels for children. The stories transcend countries and species, and through them, Angela hopes to candidly reflect her view of human nature. She has won several national writing awards, including the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She writes novels, poetry, short stories, a bilingual blog, and a Chinese column for a children’s magazine. Visit Angela’s blog.

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Ann Foster

LJ Anderson

Ann Foster is the 2011 CWC, San Francisco/ Peninsula Branch, recipient of the Jack London Award and winner of the 2011 Foster City Writing Contest personal essay division. She has served as treasurer and membership chair of the branch and currently serves as reservations chair.

Ann writes fiction and narrative non-fiction and her work is published in Fault Zone, Words from the Edge and Fault Zone, Stepping up to the Edge. She is now working on a novel set in post-civil war Missouri and Texas.

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Audrey Kalman

LJ Anderson

Audrey Kalman has been writing fiction, poetry, and non-fiction since she was old enough to hold a pen and has been editing professionally for more than twenty-five years. Her novel What Remains Unsaid is scheduled for publication in 2016 by Sand Hill Review Press. Her previous novel, Dance of Souls, appeared in 2011. Many online and print journals have published her short fiction and poetry, including Boundoff, Every Day Fiction, Fault Zone, The Jewish Literary Journal, Mash Stories, The Sand Hill Review, Sixfold, and Punchnels. She served as editor for two editions of the Fault Zone anthology of California writers and is at work on another novel. Find out more at her web site.

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Bardi Rosman Koodrin

LJ Anderson

Bardi Rosman Koodrin, M.A. As literary director for the San Mateo County Fair, she creates “events within the event” to give writers a presence and a voice. A Local Hero Recipient, she’s been published in Journal of the American Art Therapy Association: Razor’s Edge; We Laughed, We Cried: Life with Fibromyalgia; Patch.com; Fault Zone: Words from the Edge; The Sand Hill Review XII; Fault Zone: Stepping up to the Edge; and The Best of Sand Hill Review. Bardi blurs fact with fiction in her fourth novel, Killing the Kid. Visit her website.

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Bette Houtchens

LJ Anderson

Bette Houtchens recently established a literary imprint to copy edit and publish her father’s books – fifteen translations of English and Spanish literary works and two original books of poetry.

Bill Baynes

LJ Anderson

Bill Baynes is a writer, producer and director. He has been a reporter for the Miami Herald and the Associated Press and won awards as a documentary filmmaker. He has been active in feature film and video production, magazine publishing, public interest marketing and website development. He has worked with school systems to create student-driven media campaigns about health-related topics. His novel Bunt! was published by Silverback Sages, New Mexico. billbaynes.com

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Carole Bumpus

LJ Anderson

Carole Bumpus’ historical novel, A Cup of Redemption, October 2014, won Honorable Mention – Paris Book Festival 2016; Finalist – International Book Awards 2016; and Honorable Mention in fiction in the London Book Festival 2015. Her newest book, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption, August 2015, also received international acclaim.  Carole is President of the San Francisco Peninsula branch and Chair of the CWC NorCal Group. Three of her short stories appear in three separate Fault Zones. Her blog, Savoring the Olde Ways, is being rewritten into an upcoming series of food/travel books.   

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Christopher Wachlin

LJ Anderson

Christopher Wachlin is a grateful and proud member of CWC. He currently serves as president of the San Francisco & Peninsula branch. He is co-founder of Stoneslide Media, which publishes books and the online magazine The Stoneslide Corrective. The folks at Stoneslide are also the makers of The Rejection Generator, an entertaining interactive tool writers can use to ease the pain of rejection. For general information about Stoneslide Media, see the profile in Poets & Writers magazine.

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David Hirzel

LJ Anderson

David Hirzel has been writing since he was first able to hold a pencil, and over the years has turned out songs and novel drafts, and published poetry, short stories, and short plays. His non-fiction narrative Sailor on Ice, tells the amazing true story of the Irish explorer Tom. Follow Crean’s and other explorers’ adventures “live from 100 years ago” with daily posts from the heroic era of Antarctic exploration at www.antarctic-discovery.com. Hirzel writes today from Pacifica CA where he lives with his cat Billie Ruffian, and listens to the music of the sea. Blog: davidhirzel.net.  

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E.A. Moore

LJ Anderson

E.A. Moore has published his short stories in science fiction magazines and literary journals. He is also an award-winning playwright and has had plays produced in both the United States and New Zealand, where he lived for a time. He know lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and several backyard chickens, but no cat. http://www.eamoore.com/index.html

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Elise Frances Miller

LJ Anderson

Elise Frances Miller’s novel, The Berkeley Girl (Sand Hill Review Press), set in Berkeley and Paris in 1968, is available at Amazon. Her memoir, “My People’s Park,” won 2nd prize for prose in The Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ‘60s and ‘70s. Several stories appear in The Best of Sand Hill Review (2012), the Fault Zone series, and The Sand Hill Review (2007, 2010), for which she served as fiction editor in 2008. Miller’s dossier includes teacher, university communications director, and art critic and columnist (Los Angeles Times, Art News and San Diego Magazine). elisefrancesmiller.wordpress.com

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Ellyn Siegel

LJ Anderson

Ellyn Siegel is a fiction writer.

She is currently writing short stories, as well as an ongoing series of Mystery Novels, narrated by SF Missing Persons Detective, Richard “don’t call me Dick” Emerson. Emerson Mysteries: Book One, her first published book, is comprised of three stand-alone Novellas.
Available on Amazon / Kindle.

Ellyn’s blog on her Excellent Adventure towards “Becoming a Published Writer.”

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Eva Barrows

LJ Anderson

Eva Barrows is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and editor. She created the online literary journal, Imitation Fruit (www.imitationfruit.com) after learning the fundamentals of publishing from participating in the student run literary journal, Transfer at San Francisco State University and her internship at the book publisher Travelers’ Tales. Most recently Eva has learned how to write television sitcom scripts through UCLA Extension courses and comedy sketch writing with the San Francisco sketch group, Killing My Lobster. Eva is now working on several short story ideas and hopes to add to her publication credits.

Eve Visconti

LJ Anderson

Professionally, Eve Visconti has written grants, movie reviews; career planning articles, and Internet infomercials. She has always loved to write, and was often deemed the best writer in her class.

Her essay “Off to College and On To The Roller Coaster appears in Writin’ on Empty: Parents Reveal the Upside, the Downside, and Everything In Between When Children Leave the Nest, and “On the Edge with the Stuff of Life,” is included in Fault Zone: Words from the Edge.

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Frank A. Saunders

LJ Anderson

Frank A. Saunders writes poetry, fiction, scientific articles and music, most recently the portfolio “A Scent of Tea”. He lives in Foster City, CA with his wife Barbara and daughter Andrea. He has taught physiological psychology at San Francisco State University, and is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. Selected current works have been accepted for publication in Fault Zone:Shift and Carry The Light. Earlier scientific works are listed on Amazon. Visit his website at frankasaunders.com

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Geri Spieler

LJ Anderson

Geri Spieler is an author and investigative reporter. Geri has written for Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Forbes. Geri is a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, and signature blogger for the Huffington Post. She is the author of the four-time award-winning Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman who Shot Gerald Ford. Taking Aim has  been optioned for a major motion picture by screenwriters and producers, Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen. Currently, Geri is a full-time Silicon Valley Freelance Writer. website.

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Ida J. Lewenstein

LJ Anderson

Ida J. Lewenstein is a retired English as a Second Language instructor of some 22 years who wears several hats. She has written poems, chants and rhymes to reinforce in a fun way the structures she was teaching.  Some of these have worked their way into imaginative story poems for children. She is an active member of the California Writers Club and some of her poems have been published in Fault Zones I & II.

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Jac Fitz-enz

LJ Anderson

Dr. Jac Fitz-enz or Dr. Jac, as he is known worldwide, is the father of human capital analytics, He’s published 14 books and over 450 articles. Two of his books, Human Value Management (1990) and The ROI of Human Capital (2000) won national Book of the Year Awards. His current work can be seen on drjacanalytics.com and on drjacbooks.com.
An international consultant working in 46 countries, he authored Rough Waters a semi-biographical novel covering his naval intelligence service, in 2014. In August, 2016, he published Undaunted Lovers, first in a series of adventure.

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James Hanna

LJ Anderson

James Hanna, fiction editor of The Sand Hill Review, wandered Australia for seven years before settling on a career in criminal justice. He is presently a probation officer in San Francisco, where he is assigned to a domestic violence and stalking unit. James’ stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Old Crow Review, Edge City Review, Sandhills Review, Eclipse, Fault Zone 1 & 2, The Sand Hill Review V1II & X1, and The Best of The Sand Hill Review. Two of his stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. James’ novel, The Siege, is out, published by Sand Hill Review Press. Visit his website.

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Jeannine Gerkman

LJ Anderson

Jeannine Gerkman wears many hats—Author, Poet, Realtor and Volunteer to name a few. She and her husband moved to the Bay Area from the Northwest over 30 years ago and built their home in the Belmont hills. She has written over 60 poems, some of them award-winning. Her debut children’s picture book, “Spring” has been described as:  “a superb choice for a calm, nighttime lap read or a unit on the seasons for lower elementary school classes” – Kirkus Reviews. A Realtor since 1997, she enjoys helping folks market and sell their homes in the Bay Area, focusing on Belmont.

Jo Carpignano

LJ Anderson

Jo Carpignano writes poetry, memoirs, essays, short stories and travel adventures, some having appeared in national magazines. She won the title of Senior Poet Laureate for California in 2011, and was runner up for the national title in the same year. Several years ago she self-published a biography of her immigrant mother entitled Madeline’s Story. Previously a teacher and school psychologist, she currently resides at the Peninsula Regent in San Mateo.

Karen Hartley

LJ Anderson

Karen Hartley writes short stories, poetry and is working on the second draft of her romance novel. She’s also working on a memoir of her years in Brooklyn, NY where she was born. Her story, “Beach House,” was published in the 2012 Sand Hill Review, and “Graveside Angel” in Carry the Light, 2013 Anthology of the San Mateo County Fair. As a dual member of South Bay Writers, Karen’s stories and poems appear regularly in Writers Talk Newsletter. She also facilitates a mixed genre critique group twice a month. Contact Karen.

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Kevin Arnold

LJ Anderson

Kevin Arnold is a poet, prize winning short story writer, teacher and novelist. A story extracted from one of his novels won First Place in the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. He co-founded Gold Rush Writers, served as President of Poetry Center San Jose, served on the 2010-2011 San Mateo County Grand Jury, and was named CWC’s 2014 Writer of the Year.

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Kirsten Weiss

LJ Anderson

Kirsten Weiss writes genre-blending steampunk suspense, urban fantasy, and mystery, mixing her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. She worked overseas for nearly twenty years in the fringes of the former USSR, Africa and South-east Asia. Her experiences abroad sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives. Sign up for her newsletter to get free updates on her latest work on http://kirstenweiss.com.

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Laurel Anne Hill

LJ Anderson

Laurel Anne Hill has authored two novels: The award-winning Heroes Arise (Komenar Publishing, 2007) and, now, The Engine Woman’s Light (Sand Hill Review Press, 2016), a spirits-meet-steampunk tale. The Engine Woman’s Light is available on Kindle and scheduled for release in trade paper format by the end of January, 2017. Laurel’s published short stories and nonfiction pieces total over forty and have appeared in a variety of anthologies, collections, and journalistic media. The fans of HorrorAddicts.net elected her “Most Wicked” in 2011 for her steampunk-horror podcast Flight of Destiny. For more about her go to http://www.laurelannehill.com.

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Lucy Ann Murray

LJ Anderson

Lucy Ann Murray is a freelance writer with over 100 published pieces to her credit that include, essay, fiction, poetry, biography, and history. Her writing has appeared in local newspapers, national publications and eight anthologies. She has won eight writing awards. She has been writing for a Chicago-based publication for the last fifteen years, and is currently writing a thirty-five part series on ancient Rome for them. She can be reached at jlumurray@aol.com

Margaret Davis

LJ Anderson

Margaret Davis is the author of Straight Down the Middle, a novel about a young woman seeking her sexual identity.  She’s working on a second novel about a career woman caught up in the politics of a large corporation during turbulent times. 

Her short stories have appeared in The Sand Hill Review and Fault Zone: Words from the Edge.   She’s the author of two non-fiction books: Families in a Working World and A Practical Guide to Organization Design.  Margaret has a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University.
Visit margaretdavisbooks.com

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Marjorie Bicknell Johnson

LJ Anderson

Marjorie Bicknell Johnson is newsletter editor for South Bay Writers and has published several short stories. A mathematician and mathematics teacher, her articles have appeared in several academic journals. Marjorie drew upon her experiences as a pilot in Bird Watcher, a novel about a small airplane stolen from Palo Alto Airport. After visiting Yucatán, she wrote Jaguar Princess: The Last Maya Shaman, the story of the descendant of a Maya king who learns to read the Mayan stones in a nearby ruin. Visit her website.

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Martha Clark Scala

LJ Anderson

Martha Clark Scala has a split personality as a writer, psychotherapist and collage artist. Her poetry has appeared in Porter Gulch Review, Poetry Now, all four Fault Zones, Cooking Comfort:Stories with Recipes and Home for the Holidays. Martha’s writing on grief-related issues: We Need Not Walk Alone (published by The Compassionate Friends), The California Therapist, SCV-CAMFT News, www.caring.com, and at her website. Martha publishes a free monthly e-newsletter, Out On a Limb which focuses on bringing joy back to our lives. To subscribe or learn more, visit her website mcscala.com.

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Maurine Killough

LJ Anderson

Maurine Killough’s poetry expresses the unseen life of the heart: from confessional to spiritual to grief and loss. She is a two-time first place winner for free-form poetry at the San Mateo County Fair and has published one book of poems, Underseams. Her poems have appeared in the Sandhill Press publications Fault Zone: Shift (2013) and Volumes 1 and 2 of Carry the Light, SenSexual 2013 Anthology, and a number of online publications. She is a frequent reader at the CWC monthly open mic, among others. Visit her art and poetry blog at iwritemyself.wordpress.com

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Stanley David Gedzelman

LJ Anderson

Stanley David Gedzelman, Professor Emeritus of Meteorology at CCNY has written 3 books, The Science and Wonders of the Atmosphere, Calculus: Your Royal Road to Genius, and The Soul of All Scenery: A History of the Sky in Art, (the last two self-published), and many technical and popular scientific articles. Since retiring, he has resumed writing essays, short stories, and poems. He is finishing a memoir, Sub Ways on his short career as a substitute teacher and long career in education. He deeply admires novelists but will never write a novel. Recognition is beginning to come from within.

Starra Andrews

LJ Anderson

Starra Andrews grew up in Laguna Beach, California, swimming, writing fantasy stories, and acting on stage. After attaining a degree in theatre from UC Irvine, an idea sparked for interviewing actors to help student actors entering the theatre arena. Her non-fiction book The Pursuit of Acting: Working Actors Share Their Experience and Advice was published by Praeger Publishers. In fiction, her new heroine, psychic/paranormal cleanser Vivien Kelly, and her team race to rid the modern world of deadly Celtic creatures in her book trilogy The Kelly Society. Bay of Darkness, the first book in the series, is currently in submission.

Sue Barizon

LJ Anderson

Sue was born in San Francisco and raised in San Mateo. She writes memoir and fiction of life’s lessons learned growing up with immigrant parents in mid-century suburbia. She began writing as a means to “quiet the buzzing in my head left by the Jiminy Cricket moments of my youth.” Her work has been published in the Fault Zone series and Carry the Light anthologies. She has won numerous awards from the San Mateo County Fair including CWC’s 2013 Writer of the Year and 2016 Best of Show for Memoir. She is the Exhibit Coordinator for the San Mateo County Fair.

Teresa LeYung-Ryan

LJ Anderson

Teresa LeYung-Ryan has helped over 1,000 writers.As editor/story consultant, she identifies themes and universal archetypes in clients’ manuscripts. As author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW, she shows fiction and nonfiction writers how to stand out. “Make your name synonymous with the issues you write about.” Coach Teresa’s Blog has abundant resources for you writingcoachteresa.com.

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Tina Gibson

LJ Anderson

Tina Gibson, author of “One Page at a Time,” wrote her first poem in 2010. She’s spent most of her career in the banking industry, but has also enjoyed producing and teaching self-defense seminars. She is a full member of the California Writers Club and Associate Organizer for the Society for the Promotion of Writers, Poets and Artists.

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Tory Hartmann

LJ Anderson

Tory has written many award winning short stories, screen plays, novels and plays and has studied the craft of writing extensively. She is a driving force at the Sand Hill Review Press and tirelessly works on the CWC’s Fault Zone. Visit her website.  

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VirginiaThomson

LJ Anderson

Virginia Thomson is the author of several religious themed books, the most recent of which is: The Battle For The Spirits Of Mankind: And How To Prepare Oneself For The Judgment Day For All Mankind Will Be There.

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Winifred Mccaffrey

LJ Anderson

Winifred Mccaffrey’s Meet Me in St. Louis, Creative Memoirs is soon to be published.  Background:  Expatriate: 1950-1960 Venezuela South America/ 1978-1980 Zambia, Africa.
Professional: Retired Stanford University Business Administrator.
Publications include: Gule Wamkulu-The Big Dance/ Journal of an Experimental Animal
Visit winifredmccaffrey.com for more.

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