That’s Me In The Corner

That’s me in the spotlight small print.
I’ll be reading.
If you’re in the neighborhood, please come by to hold my hand listen. I’ll appreciate it. And I hear there will be wine. Lots of wine.

Peninsula Literary Series Presents
A Reading

Friday, January 27, 2012 — 7:00 p.m.
At Gallery House, 320 South California Avenue, Palo Alto
@ Birch Street, through Printer’s Inc. Cafe

Featuring: Brittany Perham, Casey FitzSimons,
and guest artist Wendy Fitzgerald

And presenting guest readers:
Teri Carter, Virginia Bellis, Jessica Hahn, and Richard Lawson

Authors will have books for sale at the reading. Donations of $5-10 gratefully accepted.


About Featured Authors Casey FitzSimons and Brittany Perham 

Casey FitzSimons’ poetry appears in print and online in The Newport Review, Hobo Camp Review, EarthSpeak, The Prose-Poem Project, flashquake, Leveler, and others. She has been a finalist in the River Styx and Writecorner Press poetry competitions. She has collected her works annually in chapbooks, most recently No Longer Any Need (2011) and Altering the Lay of Land (2010). Casey taught art in San Francisco for many years, publishing her studio drawing book, Serious Drawing, with Prentice Hall, and reviewing many exhibitions for Artweek. She has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from San Jose State University.

Brittany Perham is the author of “The Curiosities” (Parlor Press 2012). Her recent work may be found in Southern Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Lo-Ball, Linebreak, and elsewhere. She is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow from 2009-2011. She is a founding member of the word/music project Nonstop Beautiful Ladies and she lives in San Francisco.

25 thoughts on “That’s Me In The Corner

    1. Teri Post author

      You can’t just snap on your Floating Tiara and paddle across the pond? It’ll be a beautiful day in the neighborhood …

    1. Teri Post author

      I have to read with poets, Sarah. Poets!! You know they always steal the show …. what, with all those fancy WORDS. 😉

  1. erikamarks

    I am so excited for you–and for all who get to be a part of this wonderful night and your reading. You can bet we’ll all be there in spirit, awaiting copious pictures and details.

    Now since it is awards night (I bet you’re watching the Globes as I write this–oh, how I miss those dresses and those table shots!), the REALLY big question: What are you going to wear, lady??

    Oh, and Olive wants to know if JoJo will be in da house? (She’s pushy that way.)

    1. Teri Post author

      We’re so glad to hear from Olive. JoJo actually IS watching the Globes — or rather, the commercials. She’s addicted to a “Tin Tin” (dog) commercial. And the dresses were so worth watching, though I could live without all that cleavage and Botox. I just don’t get it …

      1. erikamarks

        Olive is such a determined girl, Teri. She amazes me, and our vet.

        And I’m with you on the cleavage and the Botox…and frankly, I REALLY don’t get the love for the strapless. But bless the hearts of those gals who worked the capped sleeves. My upper arm’s personal hell…

  2. Teri Post author

    Thanks MSB and Bobbi. I need the spirt and the luck. It’s been a long time since I spoke in front of strangers. And reading a personal essay, the “personal” being the hard part. Like being caught naked behind a microphone.

  3. Catherine

    This is so exciting! Although I don’t envy you the public speaking. Please tell me some tricks of the trade. I don’t know how I am ever going to promote this book.. I’m with Averil, eek!!

    But I’m sure you’ll be excellent.

    1. Teri Post author

      Cat, why do I imagine you reading beautifully, and in doing any dialogue in the right voices? I bet you’ll be fantastic. For myself, I say “Eek” as well….

  4. Lyra

    GAAAHHHHH!! This is so fantastic! I AM SO EXCITED!! This is like me doing it, but without the nerves!!

    Okay, so are you reading something that is new, something that’s already been published, or something completely separate?

    Personal essay in public? No problem. You eat personal essays for breakfast. You got that, Private??

    Yay you! Congratulations!

    1. Teri Post author

      That’s just the kick in the ass I need, Captain.

      I’m reading something I wrote last year. I only have 10 minutes, so I also need to figure out what short sections I can stitch together to make it sound like a whole piece.

      I’ll be glad to have done it ….. you know, when it’s over. I’m thrilled they invited me.

      1. Deb

        You should be thrilled! Wow! I hope you post your piece here afterwards. Would love to see it. Actually, I would love to hear it, but Palo Alto is a bit out of my neighborhood. Now I’ll let you get back to the mirror.

    1. Teri Post author

      My moment will only last about 10 minutes, but I think it will feel like a million moments by the time it’s over. How do people do this all the time? The all-by-myself-writing part is so much more alluring. 😉

  5. lauramaylene

    Ahhhhh! So exciting! Good luck! You’ll do great. Just practice reading your selections several times (I’m sure you will, obviously) and that will give you some confidence when you get up there. I’ll be there in spirit…and I hope you’ll give us a full report!

    I love that it’s in a gallery, by the way…

  6. Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

    You are a goddess.

    It’s one thing to share your writing in, well, writing. It’s another thing altogether to share it at a reading.

    Now that I’ve had the honor of meeting you, I can picture it fully. You will kick ass. No doubt at all.

    Please do share the experience here, as well as the essay.

    1. Teri Post author

      I’ll take Goddess and run all the way to the podium with it. Seriously … and the headliners are poets. We all know how hard it is to read out loud with the poets —- damn poets and all their fabulous WORDS!

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