WNBA-SF Chapter Members

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  • Nina Amir


    Nina Amir

    Nina Amir

    Nina Amir, bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she moves her clients from ideas to finished books as well as to careers as authors by helping them combine their passion and purpose so they create products that positively and meaningfully impact the world. A sought-after author, book, blog-to-book, and results coach, some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She writes four blogs, self-published 13 books and founded National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge. http://ninaamir.com


  • Kathleen Archambeau

    Kathleen Archambeau

    Kathleen Archambeau

    Kathleen Archambeau’s essay, “Seized,” appeared in a collection of 21 authors, entitled, The Other Woman, and edited by Victoria Zackheim. Of the book, Publishers Weekly said, “The main attraction…is the top-drawer writers…” The book was also featured on The Today Show, in People and O magazines and named by the LA Times Sunday Weekly one of the best books of its genre. Archambeau’s first book, Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels, was featured in Forbes twice and endorsed by BareEscentuals CEO Leslie Blodgett and U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

    Archambeau started as a poet, studying intensely with Adrienne Rich and Elizabeth Woody. Derek Walcott and Robert Haas critiqued her poetry.

    Currently, Archambeau is finishing her first novel, My Mother’s Silk Shoes, which will come out under her family name, Kathleen Moran. Kathleen lives with her Beloved and the family Labrador, a Guide Dog Career Change Puppy, Holly, in the SF Bay Area. 

  • Terye Balogh

    Terye Balogh27 years with the Santa Clara County Library District, and still going strong. I am an adult librarian at the Milpitas Public Library,
    and have been the facilitator of our book group since 2004. What is better than a library book group? A library book group
    that has authors to speak to the group and to the public! I have been very fortunate to have had Khaled Hosseni as my first
    author visit, and just last June Karen Joy Fowler was our guest speaker. Between those authors, we have had 20 other authors as a guest
    of our book group, which opens our author events to the public.

    I am passionate about reading, and about showcasing authors at our library. I am always looking for authors to highlight within our library
    system and our community.

  • Henri Bensussen

    Henri-BensussenHenri Bensussen writes from the California’s Mendocino Coast. She has published poems and stories in various journals and anthologies, including Blue Mesa Review, Skin to Skin, Sinister Wisdom, So to Speak, and Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal. Her themes are love and relationships, aging, and the comic aspects of the human condition from the viewpoint of a birder, biologist, and gardener. She earned a B.A. in Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and serves on the board of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and manages its blog (blog.mcwc.org). Her first chapbook of poems, “Earning Colors,” will be published by Finishing Line Press in November 2014.

  • Elaine Miller Bond

    Elaine Miller Bond

    Elaine Miller Bond


    Elaine Miller Bond is an author and photographer whose work celebrates the natural world.

    She is the author/photographer of Running Wild and Living Wild, lively children’s board books from Heyday Books. She is also the photographer of The Utah Prairie Dog, a scientific book by Theodore Manno.

    Bond’s writing and photography have appeared on the Discovery Channel and in Science, BBC Earth News, NPR online, and her favorite local news site, Berkeleyside. One of her recent Berkeleyside photo-essays, about monarch butterflies, went “viral” and was shared 21,000 times on Facebook. She adapted another one of her photo-essays, Sweetness & Light: Diary of a Hummingbird’s Nest, into a children’s book, forthcoming from Heyday Books.

    She got her start as a staff senior science writer for the University of California Natural Reserve System — a position in which she combined her educational backgrounds in English and Geography (Bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley; Master’s degree from University of Cambridge in England).

    Bond currently makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area, near her favorite childhood park, where she continues to search the creeks for newts and follow the paw prints of coyotes.

    Please visit her website: www.elainemillerbond.com

  • Simona Carini

    Simona Carini Simona Carini

    Simona Carini was born in Perugia, Italy. She is a graduate of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, and of Mills College, Oakland, CA. She writes memoir and food stories. Her stories have been published by the North Coast Journal, Edible East Bay and Remedy Quarterly. Her memoir piece “Through the Green Glass” is included in the 2014 Redwood Writers’ anthology “Water.” She lives in Northern California with her husband and two cats. Some short pieces, her food blog and her photo blog are accessible from her website: www.simonacarini.com

  • Martha Conway

    Martha Conway  Martha Conway’s historical novel, THIEVING FOREST, has been called “extraordinary” by the Akron Beacon Journal and “hypnotic” by Kirkus Reviews. Her first novel 12 BLISS STREET was nominated for an Edgar Award, and her short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, The Quarterly, Folio, Puerto del Sol, Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. She graduated from Vassar College and received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She has reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Review of Books, and The Iowa Review, and is a recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship in Creative Writing. Martha teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension and at Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio, and lives in San Francisco.

    Web site: www.marthaconway.com
    Twitter: @marthamconway

  • Carla Danziger

    Carla Danziger

    Retired from writer/editor position at a national non-profit in Washington, DC, Carla is the author of HIDDEN FALLS, a romantic suspense novel set in Norway (published 2004; Kindle 2013). She edits memoirs and is a contributing writer to the Norwegian American Weekly, a national newspaper based in Seattle. Carla divides her time between Albany, CA and McLean, VA.





  • Patricia V. Davis

    Patricia-Photo-Shoot-201410FOR-SPICEPAGEPatricia V. Davis is the author of the bestselling “Harlot’s Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss and Greece,” and “The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know.” Her latest work, a novel with the working title COOKING FOR GHOSTS AND LOST LOVERS is represented by Fuse Literary Agency. Despite the diversity of Patricia’s writing projects, they share the universal theme of “female dynamism,” a term she’s coined which signifies women taking positive action to support each other and better the world around them. To that end, Patricia also founded The Women’s PowerStrategy™ Conference.

  • Lucille Lang Day

    Lucille Lang DayLucille Lang Day’s memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story, received a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her poetry collections are Becoming an Ancestor, The Curvature of Blue, Infinities, Wild One, Fire in the Garden, and Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope, which received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She is also the author of a children’s book, Chain Letter, and four poetry chapbooks: God of the Jellyfish, The Book of Answers, Lucille Lang Day: Greatest Hits, 1975-2000, and Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems, which received the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Prize. Her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Atlanta Review, Calyx, The Cincinnati Review, Eclipse, The Hudson Review, Measure, Nimrod International Journal, River Styx, Tar River Poetry, The Threepenny Review, California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Heyday and Santa Clara University), Mother Songs (Norton), and New Poets of the American West (Many Voices).


  • Vicki Morgan DeArmon


    Vicki DeArmon

    Vicki DeArmon works as the Events & Marketing Director for Copperfield’s Books in San Francisco’s North Bay, booking authors for events. In the wee hours, she writes. Her passion is reading and writing fiction. Right now she’s working on a collection of short stories, She Let Go Their Hands, depicting families riding the roller coaster of addiction. Her story from this collection entitled “Hydroplaning” placed second in the 2015 Women’s National Book Association annual writing contest. And there’s a comic novel brewing called Tilting: The Nearly True Story of a Small Book Publishing Empire that draws from the years she spent running Foghorn Press in San Francisco in the 1990s. This year, she’s been honored to read at Litquake, to attend Lit Camp 2015 and to be chosen as one of a cast of 13 selected to read pieces at this year’s Listen to Your Mother event in San Francisco. Her blog (onemothersedge.com) is a humorous attempt to consolidate three aspects of her being: writing, motherhood, and co-dependence . 


  • Kate Farrell

    Kate Farrell

    Kate Farrell

    Kate Farrell, is a graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies, UC Berkeley. She has been a language arts classroom teacher (pre-school and grades kindergarten through 12th), author, librarian, university lecturer, and storyteller in Northern California since 1966. She founded the Word Weaving Project, funded by grants from Zellerbach Family Fund, San Francisco, 1979-1991. She is co-author of a monograph, Effects of Storytelling: An Ancient Art for Modern Classrooms, 1982; author of Word Weaving: A Teaching Sourcebook, 1984; producer and co-author of a training videotape, “Word Weaving: The Art of Storytelling,” 1983, distributed by the University of California, Berkeley; and author of the professional book, Storytelling: A Guide for Teachers, Scholastic, 1991. She is also senior author of Storytelling in Our Multicultural World, an oral language development program for early childhood education, published by Zaner-Bloser Educational Publishers, 1994.

    Farrell edited the anthology, Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother, 2011. She is co-editor of award-winning anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & 70s, published by She Writes Press, 2013.  http://www.timestheywereachanging.com/, and co-editor, Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, to be released October 2014.

    Currently she is a member of California Writers Club, Redwood Branch, Story Circle Network; Farrell is WNBA’s national Membership Chair and President of its San Francisco Chapter. Kate lives in Santa Rosa, California, and is the mother of a son who is traveling the world this year.

  • Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

    Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

    Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

    In both her works of memoir and fiction, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder explores the unending complications of people living, working, and loving one another. As a practicing therapist for more than twenty years, she has been witness to the heartbreak, healing, and heroism of people from all walks of life. She strives to create stories that bring the emotional truths she’s experienced and observed to the pages in all of her writing. 

    Betsy has been awarded the Floyd Salas Award for Fiction, and has been honored with a Jack London award and two East of Eden awards for both fiction and memoir pieces. Four of her works have been produced as Readers’ Theater in the historic Nevada Theater in Nevada City, California. She is the co-producer of The Women’s Writing Salon in Nevada County. Her first published novel, Fire & Water, was released by She Writes Press in 2013. She’s working now on a collection of memoir stories and a new novel set in California’s Wine Country, a great excuse for some wine tasting. Research, only for research. 

    She is currently working on a collection of personal essays titled Filling Her Shoes: My Love Story of Inherited Motherhood . One of those stories, “Who Will This Be to Me” was one of the Readers’ Theater features. Betsy is also working on a new work of fiction about how different people are than how they first might seem, titled Opening Acts. 

    Betsy lives nestled in the soft hills of Marin County, California with her husband, one son on the launch pad, and one out on his own in a neighboring town. Nested there among friends and writing tribe mates in the Bay Area and in the Sierras, she is so busy counting blessings that it’s hard to find time to write.  http://betsygrazianifasbinder.com


  • Rita M. Gardner

    Rita M. GardnerRita M. Gardner grew up on her expatriate family’s coconut farm in the Dominican Republic. Home-schooled as a child, she began writing, reading and painting at an early age. She now lives in California where she follows her passions – writing, traveling, hiking, and photography. Her published essays, articles, poems, and photographs have appeared in literary journals, travel magazines and newspapers. Rita was awarded a writing residency in Hedgebrook, a literary non-profit organization benefiting women writers. Her memoir “The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the Caribbean” was published September 2014 by She Writes Press.

    In spring 2015, “The Coconut Latitudes” was honored with a Gold Award in 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards. In May 2015 it won another Gold Award from 2015 Next Generation Indie Awards and is a finalist in PNWA’s 2015 Nancy Pearl Book Award. She is involved in the Bay Area’s Writer Coach Connection volunteer program that provides mentors to middle and high school students. Rita continues to dream in Spanish and dance the Dominican merengue. Her favorite color is Caribbean blue.

  • Joan Gelfand


    Joan Gelfand

    Joan Gelfand
    Joan’s work has been published in national and international publications, including Kalliope, Levure Litteraire, The Toronto Quarterly, and The Chaffin Journal. Readings include Bowery Poetry Club, Southern Festival of Books, Litquake, The Oakland Museum and the NY Public Library. She has been featured on KPIX, NBC, cable TV and over 20 radio stations.

    Joan’s forthcoming novel, “Fear to Shred,” is set in a Silicon Valley startup. The debut book is due out with Incanto Press in January, 2015.

    Poetry collections: “The Long Blue Room,” Benicia Literary Arts, 2014, “A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams,” and “Seeking Center.” “Here and Abroad,” is an award winning chapbook of short fiction. “Transported,” can be found on itunes.
    Joan blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and coaches writers.

    Joan is the Poetry Editor for the “J,” the Development Chair of the Women’s National Book Association and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.  http://joangelfand.com

  • Jacqueline Harmon Butler

    Jacqueline Harmon ButlerJacqueline Harmon Butler is an international award winning writer and the recipient of many press awards, including Italy’s prestigious “Golden Linchetto Prize” for best foreign journalist and the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Internet publications. In a variety of international publications and anthologies, her travel writing has tempted readers’ palates with mouth-watering meals and left them salivating for more. Her books include, “The 7th Edition of the Travel Writer’s Handbook,” “Taking a Chance on Love,” a memoir which chronicles her 20-year romance with a much younger Italian man, and a romantic novel, “One Last Trip to Paris.” For more information, please go to www.jacquelineharmonbutler.com or www.FoodFlirtOnline.wordpress.com

  • Humaira Ghilzai

    Humaira GhilzaiHumaira Ghilzai is a writer, blogger and social activist dedicated to bringing people together across cultures through stories of her homeland, Afghanistan. Born and raised in Kabul, Humaira and her family fled Afghanistan and became one of many nameless refugees escaping the Russian invasion. It’s these stories and personal experiences that have inspired her novel UNRAVELING VEIL. Humaira lectures about Afghanistan, its people and gender equality issues. Humaira’s cultural advocacy ranges from Cultural Consulting with theater and film productions to her Afghan culture and food blog, Afghan Culture Unveiled.  Humaira has travelled to six continents and 37 countries. She has hiked to Everest Base Camp, around Annapurna, up Mount Kenya, and in the Swiss Alps. In her free time, she cooks,walks her dog Cleo, practices chi-gong and mindfulness meditation. Humaira lives in San www.humairaghilzai.com

  • Jane Glendinning

    Jane Glendinning

    Jane Glendinning


    Jane Glendinning is the Membership Chair for WNBA-SF Chapter,  On-Site Volunteer Coordinator for the SFWC, Volunteer Coordinator for the Writing for Change Conference, past secretary and immediate past speaker chair of CWC-Berkeley Branch.

    She is currently working on a collection of short stories.



  • B. Lynn Goodwin

    B. Lynn Goodwin

    B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com, which celebrated its 17th year this October, and the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers, (Tate Publishing). Her stories and articles have been published in Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; Friction Literary Journal, Inspire Me Today, several newspapers additional online sites, and The Sun. She conducts workshops and writes reviews for Story Circle Network, www.storycircle.com.

    She’s recently been published in Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers, Small Miracles from Beyond: Dreams, Visions and Signs that Link Us to the Other Side, True Words and the Las Positas Anthology. Her young adult novel, Talent (Eternal Press) will be available soon. She’s currently working on a memoir about getting married for the first time at age 62.
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  • Deborah Grossman

    Deborah Grossman

    Deborah Grossman

    Deborah Grossman is a San Francisco Bay Area food, drink and travel journalist who specializes in writing about culture and cuisine around the world. From Santiago to Sicily, Germany to the Jura, Mendocino to Margaret River, Deborah finds the behind the scenes stories of food and beverage innovators with tempting perspectives on their culture and culinary heritage. She contributes to publications such as the Huffington Post, Wine Enthusiast, JustSayGo.com, Drink Me magazine, The Tasting-Kitchen (Hong Kong) and The National Culinary Review, She blogs at iSanté magazine. As a developmental editor, she has supported several authors with their nonfiction books.

    Deborah also writes and publishes poetry. The Poet Laureate Emerita of the City of Pleasanton (2009-2011), she is the author of Goldie and Me, a book about family, friendship and freedom through the lens of poetry. Deborah has won many regional poetry awards and is a board member of the Ina Coolbrith Circle, a group named for California’s first Poet Laureate which nurtures the literature and history of the Golden State.

    She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the North American Travel Journalists Association NATJA) and Association of Food Journalists (AFJ).
    Twitter: @DeborahGrossman
    Blog: http://prod.isantemagazine.com/author/deborah-grossman

  • Tracy Guzeman

    Tracy Guzeman

    Tracy Guzeman

    Tracy Guzeman received her degree in landscape architecture from Iowa State University. A Pushcart Prize nominee, and a featured author for the 2014 Twitter Fiction Festival, her work has been published in Vestal Review, Glimmer Train, and Gulf Coast, where her story, “Einstein,” received honorable mention for the Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. Her work has been performed by Stories on Stage (Davis, CA) and The New Short Fiction Series (Los Angeles). Her first novel, The Gravity of Birds, was published by Simon & Schuster, with foreign rights sold to eleven countries. She is currently working on her second novel. Find out more at: www.tracyguzeman.com.



  • Dorothy Hearst

    Dorothy Hearst

    Dorothy Hearst

    I am the author of Promise of the Wolves and Secrets of the Wolves, the first two books of the “Wolf Chronicles” trilogy published by Simon & Schuster. The trilogy tells the story of how the wolf became the dog from the wolf’s point of view. It’s narrated by a young shewolf living 14,000 years ago, and is based on the theory of wolf/human coevolution. The third book in the trilogy, “Spirit of the Wolves” will be published in December 2014. 

    Previously, I was a senior editor at Jossey-Bass, where I published books for nonprofit, public, and social change leaders.

  • Sherry Joyce

    Sherry Joyce

    Sherry Joyce

    Sherry Joyce is romantic suspense author, who enjoys that genre as well as mystery and crime writing. Her debut novel, THE DORDOGNE DECEPTION, is based in the Dordogne, Perigord region of Southwestern France, Bordeaux, San Francisco, England and Switzerland. Before Sherry wrote the novel, she spent a significant part of her pre-retirement business career as editor-in-chief for several high-tech company newsletters. Retiring as Vice President of Human Resources in 2000, she founded SJDESIGNS INTERIORS, and continues residential and light commercial interior design work on a part-time basis for custom builders and clients in the Bay Area, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Carmel Valley and Dallas, Texas.

    She has written articles for several publications, with work published in GENTRY, BUILDER ARCHITECT, NATIONAL KITCHEN AND BATH, and coffee table books on interior design. Her design work has frequently been featured as an award-winning designer with articles published by the Interior Design Society, NKBA and ASID. Her work is featured in a college textbook, THE FUNDAMENTALS OF INTERIOR DESIGN. Currently, she is a feature writer for BEHIND THE GATES magazine, serving Serrano, El Dorado Hills, CA. A story about the value of adopting a senior dog will be the opening chapter of a new book called THE SPARTACUS PROJECT, soon to be released by the Westie Rescue of Orange County, CA.

    Renting a castle in 2005 with her husband and their friends, she was writing postcards in the top floor of a turret when lightning struck, blowing out the power with the force of a huge explosion. This experience was the incentive to “pay attention” and turn the frenzy of the terror she experienced into a contemporary romantic suspense novel. Having traveled widely through France, England and Switzerland, and having lived in the Bay Area for more than 30 years, IN 2013 she focused on writing a novel which had been a life-long passion. She and her husband Jim and their West Highland terriers moved to El Dorado Hills in 2009. Frequently a featured speaker at book clubs and Library events in and around the Sacramento and Placerville area, she is at work on her second novel, while endless plots swirl in her head when she hits the pillow at night. Do all writers sleep less, or not at all? http://www.sherryjoyce.com/

  • Brenda Knight

    Brenda Knight

    Brenda Knight

    Brenda Knight is a twenty-year publishing veteran, starting at HarperCollins and authored American Book Award-winning Women of the Beat Generation, Rituals for Life and Wild Women and Books. Knight has worked with many bestselling authors including Mark Nepo, Phil Cousineau, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and Paolo Coehlo. Knight volunteers for the American Cancer Society as a counselor for the newly diagnosed and leads writing workshops, “Putting Your Passion on Paper.” Founding editor of Viva Editions, a division of Cleis Press, Knight lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

  • Julaina Kleist-Corwin

    Juliana Kleist-Corwin

    Juliana Kleist-Corwin

    Julaina Kleist-Corwin published an anthology in 2014 called Written Across the Genres. She is an award-winning writer and her short stories are published in the California Writers Club Literary Review, Harlequin’s Christmas books, and other anthologies. She teaches creative writing in Dublin and Pleasanton California.

    Visit her at www.timetowritenow.com



  • Mary E. Knippel

    Mary E. Knippel

    Mary E. Knippel

    Mary E. Knippel, Writer Unleashed at YourWritingMentor.com, transformational author and inspirational speaker, is fiercely committed to guiding women entrepreneurs and aspiring authors and speakers to leverage their impact through writing. Using the power of storytelling, she helps them gain clarity and confidence in the words and the way they connect with the world, to unleash from the stories that are have kept them silent, to reclaim their voices and share their unique message…because no one else can tell your individual story from the inside out. You matter and your story matters! You deserve to Live a Life Unleashed! As a journal writer since the age of 11, Mary knows the enormous power and healing capabilities of the written word. A two-time breast cancer survivor she used writing and other creative tools in her recovery and chronicles the results in her upcoming book, The Secret Artist, where she shares what she has learned to help you move from survive to thrive. Learn more about Mary’s virtual classes and workshops, receive free writing tips and techniques as well as what to do about writer’s block, or invite her to speak to your group, by visiting her website at  http://yourwritingmentor.com.

  • Michael Larsen

    Michael Larsen

     Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents, is eager to find adult nonfiction for big and midsize houses and tell you how to transform your writing and your career. He is most drawn to well-written books with social or practical value by writers with platforms who can promote their work. The fourth edition of How to Write a Book Proposal will be out this year. An update is at http://www.larsenpomada.com/.  Mike wrote How to Get a Literary Agent and coauthored the second edition of Guerrilla Marketing for Writers: 100 Weapons for Selling Your Work. He has a consulting service for nonfiction writers. 

  • KJ Landis

    JK LandisKJ Landis is her first success story. She lost 50 pounds in 60 days and has kept it off for years. Daily research and coaching has fueled her to help others dive into their own better existences.

    KJ Landis is an educator, former model, health and life coach, photographer, and role model. She has inspired many with her holistic approach to health and wellness. Her ability to communicate effectively, compassionately, and with patience has helped build the self esteem and attainment of others’ life goals.

    She developed a guide based upon her post weight and fat loss journey called Superior Self’s Guide to Wellness from Within. It is simple and effective in energy rejuvenation and fat loss. The guide provides a guide to overall wellness and vitality. She teaches wellness workshops all over the San Francisco area based upon the guide.

    Currently KJ Landis lives and works in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
    Her book is available now! Superior Self: Reaching Superior Health For A Superior Self, published by Balboa Press. Available at



    Websites and social media:
    SuperiorSelf channel on YouTube
    SuperiorSelf on Twitter
    superiorself on Instagram
    Superior Self with KJ Landis on Facebook
    KJ Landis on LinkedIn

  • Diane LeBow


    Diane LeBow

    Based in San Francisco, Diane LeBow, President emerita of the Bay Area Travel Writers, Inc., has published stories with Salon.com, Via Magazine, Travelers Tales and Seal Press anthologies, France: A Love Story: Women Write about the French Experience, Greece: A Love Story, Foreign Affairs: Erotic Travel Tales (Cleis Pres), B for Savvy Brides, Skirt Magazine, and many national newspapers and magazines, including regular columns with examiner.com.

    Her story about her experiences working with women in Afghanistan is included in The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 (Travelers’ Tales). Diane’s many awards for her writing and photography including a 2011 Best Women’s Travel Writing Award and two time Solas Travelers’ Tales Gold Awards, BATW Planet Earth, and Writers’ Digest. She travels the globe and has spent time with peoples in many cultures, including Afghan women, Libyans, the Hopi, Amazon people, Tuvans, Mongolians, and Corsicans. She has scuba dived with sharks in the Red Sea and trained champion Morgan horses.

    Diane gives popular lectures/slide shows both in the USA and abroad on her off the beaten track adventures, often focusing on women in various cultures. A pioneer of Women’s Studies, Diane earned her Ph.D. at UC, was a college professor for many years and since her retirement, teaches travel writing in various venues, including the SF State University Osher Lifelong Learning Program, Central Coast Writers Conference, and Books Inc.

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  • Linda Lee

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    Linda Lee

    Linda Lee is online expert like no other. She is a writer, speaker, educator, and website designer who demystifies the online experience. Whether you are a novice or veteran Internet user, Linda can help you optimize and monetize your website.

    She specializes in WordPress design, WordPress Websites, instruction, and problem shooting.  Linda and her team, have built over 200 websites for clients on the WordPress platform.

    Linda is the founder of Smart Women Stupid Computers and Askmepc-Webdesign andWordPress Total Training, a full WordPress training course and support membership site for WordPress. She offers remote training domestically and internationally, helping hundreds of people  in Hong Kong, Australia, England, Scotland, Sweden and Canada. Linda’s clientele includes small and large business, you can view her portfolio here.

    Linda Lee is one of the top webinar presenters for the Author Learning Center, a division of Penguin Publishing.

    Launching in Summer 2013: WordPressTotalTraining.com a comprehensive WordPress training program with lifetime support, full support forum and over 65 videos and lessons that are guaranteed to always be up to date. Once you buy this training program, you will not need to look elsewhere to get the WordPress training and support you need.

  • Teresa LeYung-Ryan

    Writers-Coach-Teresa-LeYung-Ryan-says-Reach-Out-not-stress-out-photo-by-author-Lynn-Scott-CopyWriting Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “Wear the dual hats of writer and promoter; identify your themes and archetypes. Reach out, not stress out.”
    “Hire me to transform your email signature-blocks, photos, videos, social media, website/blog descriptions into platform statements . . . to attract target audience/readers/fans . . . before and after publication.”

    Coach Teresa is the creator of:
    • For Theme’s Sake: Edit Your Own Manuscript Before Pitching to Agents or Self-Publishing
    • Heroes, Tricksters, and Villains – What Do These Archetypes Want in Your Story World?
    • and other workshops
    • Immigrant Experience Writing Contest
    • “Help Your Fans Find YOU”
    • “Build & Retrofit Your Writer’s Platform”
    • and other interactive presentations

    the author of:
    • Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook);
    • Love Made of Heart: a Daughter, a Mother, a Journey Through Mental Illness (novel used in college classes and archived at the San Francisco History Center);
    • “Talking to My Dead Mom Monologues” (the first monologue received an award from Redwood 10-Minute Play Contest and was staged at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA);
    • her blog (which attracts tens of thousands of writers) at http://WritingCoachTeresa.com helps writers build their platforms before and after publication

    and a proud member of:
    • California Writers Club (3 branches! And a past president of the San Francisco Peninsula Branch); a recipient of the Jack London Award for outstanding service to California Writers Club;
    • Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter (a past board member).

  • Lily Iona Mackenzie

    LilyMac-3454_pp[1] copyA Canadian by birth, a high school dropout, and a mother at 17, in her early years, Lily Iona MacKenzie supported herself as a stock girl in the Hudson’s Bay Company, as a long distance operator for the former Alberta Government Telephones, and as a secretary (Bechtel Corp sponsored her into the States). She also was a cocktail waitress at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, briefly broke into the male-dominated world of the docks as a longshoreman (she was the first woman to work on the SF docks and almost got her legs broken), founded and managed a homeless shelter in Marin County, and eventually earned two Master’s degrees (one in Creative writing and one in the Humanities).

    She has published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir in over 150 American and Canadian venues. Her novel Fling! was published in July 2015 by Pen-L Publishing. Bone Songs, another novel, will be published in November 2016. A third novel, Freefall: A Divine Comedy will be released in 2017. Her poetry collection All This was published in 2011. She also taught writing at the University of San Francisco and was vice-president of USF’s part-time faculty union. When she isn’t writing, she paints and travels widely with her husband. She also maintains a blog at https://lilyionamackenzie.wordpress.com.

  • Mary Mackey

    Mary Mackey

    Mary Mackey


    Mary Mackey has a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Her published works include seven collections of poetry, including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence (Marsh Hawk Press 2011) and her latest collection Travelers With No Ticket Home (Marsh Hawk Press 2014). She is also the author of thirteen novels including Immersion (Shameless Hussy Press 1972) which has recently been re-published by the Authors Guild.

    Mackey’s poems have been praised by Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse, Ron Hansen, Dennis Schmitz, and Marge Piercy for their beauty, precision, originality, and extraordinary range. Four times Garrison Keillor has featured her poetry on his program The Writer’s Almanac. Mackey’s works have been on The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller lists, sold over a million and a half copies, and been translated into twelve foreign languages including Japanese, Hebrew, Greek, Russian, and Finnish. She is past president of the West Coast branch of PEN, a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Sacramento. For the last twenty years she has been traveling to Brazil with her husband, Angus Wright, who writes about land reform and environmental issues.

    At present she is working on The Village of Bones: Sabalah’s Tale, a prequel to her bestselling novel The Year The Horses Came, as well as new series of poems which combines Portuguese and English to evoke the lyrical space that lies at the conjunction of the two languages. You can learn more about her, read her blog interview series People Who Make Books Happen, get access to free resources for teachers and writers on her Educators Page, and sample her work at http://marymackey.com You can also connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marymackeywriter and subscribe to her quarterly Newsletter at http://eepurl.com/CrLHT MMary’s literary papers are archived at the Sophia Smith Special Collections Library at Smith College, Northampton MA. Website: http://marymackey.com

  • Ana Manwaring

    Ana Manwaring WNBA-SF ChapterAna Manwaring writes a monthly column , In the Shadow of Sonoma Mountain, for the Petaluma Post, teaches creative writing through Napa Valley College and is a founding editor at JAM Manuscript Consulting. She’s the Treasurer for Sisters in Crime NorCal and is active in Redwood and Napa Valley Writers. Ana’s thriller, The Hydra Effect is currently being considered for publication. Early reviews say: The Hydra Effect is a great first novel—a romantic thriller that takes PI JadeAnne Stone and her dog Pepper deep into Mexico and deeper into trouble. Funny, sexy, hip, tragic—and replete with gorgeous scenes of gracious dining, The Hydra Effect gets an extra jolt from Manwaring’s deft unraveling of a complex criminal conspiracy—Clark Lohr, The Devil’s Kitchen. Please visit Ana at www.anamanwaring.com.

  • Amanda McTigue

    Amanda McTigue

    Amanda McTigue

    A storyteller on the page and for the stage, Amanda McTigue’s debut novel, GOING TO SOLACE, was published in August, 2012 by Harper Davis. Already a favorite with book clubs, Amanda spends a lot of time in conversation with readers and writers through appearances both live and live-remote via Skype. Her works for the stage have been produced in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Minnesota Opera. A member of the fourth class of undergraduate women at Yale, a stage director and a concept writer for international entertainment firms like Walt Disney Entertainment and Paramount, Amanda is one busy, happy writer.  She has a collection of short stories, tentatively titled ” This is Not Water” due in 2015, and a second novel, “Monkey Bottom”, in the works.

    These days, she lives and writes in Sonoma County, California. You can keep up with her doings at


  • Sharon McElhone

    Sharon McElhoneSharon McElhone is the author of five books: The Bride’s Daughter, a collection of short stories (2005); Hunger in the Canyon (2006), a collection of poems and semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award competition; A Year in the Life of Pallas Villalobos (2010), a novel; My Baby Talking Mouth, a collection of poems (2011); Hide All Things That Make Her Human, a collection of poems (2013). From Hunger in the Canyon, “Ciara: Courtship” was a finalist for Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition 2008. She co-founded Orchard Valley Review, a San Jose State University student run magazine and co-edited Mary Andrade’s Dia De Los Muertos-A Passion for Life, which won “Best Documentary” at the Los Angeles International Latino Book Awards. Her articles have appeared in La Oferta Review, Orchard Valley Review, The Cupertino Courier, The Sunnyvale Sun; and her fiction has appeared in The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles, and Label Me Latina/o. Notable figures interviewed include Mayor Chuck Reed, Former Vice-Mayor and Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Vice-Mayor Madison Nguyen, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Representative Zoe Lofgren, Air Force pilot Kim Campbell, and Supervisor Dave Cortese. She was the keynote speaker for La Rosa, a program dedicated to increasing college attendance among Latina students. Sharon is half Ecuadorian and half Irish and lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and children. Currently, she is working on a collection of essays and poems. www.sharonmcelhone.com

  • Elise Frances Miller

    Elise Frances Miller

    Elise Frances Miller

    Elise Frances Miller’s novel, The Berkeley Girl, In Paris 1968 (Sand Hill Review Press), is available now in Kindle at Amazon, and will be out in print this summer, 2016. Elise’s stories appear in The Best of Sand Hill Review, several editions of the Fault Zone series and The Sand Hill Review (2007, 2010), for which she served as fiction editor in 2008. Her prize-winning memoir was published in The Times They Are A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s and 70s (2013). Miller’s dossier includes teacher, university communications director, and art critic and columnist (Los Angeles Times, Art News and San Diego Magazine).

    Read about her novel and about Berkeley and Paris in 1968 on her website: elisefrancesmiller.wordpress.com


  • Linda Joy Myers

    Linda Joy MyersLinda Joy Myers is president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and a therapist for 35 years. She’s the award winning author of Don’t Call Me Mother—A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, The Journey of Memoir and Becoming Whole—Writing Your Healing Story. Don’t Call Me Mother and Becoming Whole were finalists in the ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. Linda co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and offers editing, coaching, and mentoring for writers. www.namw.org. Blog: http://memoriesandmemoirs.com


  • Sherry Nadworny

    Sherry Nadworny

    Sherry Nadworny

    Sherry Nadworny is a recent transplant to California from her native Boston via a short stint in Charlotte, NC. She began her career as a news writer for television and radio. For the past twenty years, she has been a public relations professional and freelance writer for healthcare and arts organizations, writing feature stories, press releases, video scripts, grants, brochures and almost anything that requires a “writer for hire”. In her free time, and to keep her out of the Mall, she writes fiction. She serves as Treasurer for WNBA-SF Chapter.


  • Susan Pace-Koch

    Susan Pace-KochSusan Pace-Koch writes children’s picture books for Get Out Books.
    Award-winning “Get Out of My Head, I Should Go to Bed” was selected by BAIPA, as Best Book. Art from the book was on display at the 24th Annual Children’s Book Illustrator Exhibit at the Sun Gallery.
    “In One Ear and Out the Other” is full of a diverse group of kids and adults and a wee bit of mischief. This book is now part of the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature.
    The Pigs from “A Pie for a Pig” , were hand-felted felt and now accepting Exhibits Requests from Galleries and Museums.
    New release “The Mermaid and the Moon” illustrated by Tracie Timmer, fall 2014. The Merkids, Marnie, Matt and Maggie take to the sea and to new adventures!
    Susan is also busy with an Educational App this winter. She has been privileged to collaborate with fabulous established and emerging art and technical talent. Sneak peek at these titles at www.GetOutBooks.com. Proud member of WNBA-SF, SCBWI, CWC-Mt D + NoCal, BAIPA.
    **Award Winner** 
    “Get Out Of My Head, I Should Go To Bed”
    “Best Book” selected by BAIPA. Available on Amazon, most online retailers and through the company web site

  • Elizabeth Pomada

    Elizabeth Pomada

    Elizabeth Pomada is a partner in Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents and a member of the Association of Author’s Representatives. The agency has sold books to more than 100 publishers. Elizabeth loves good storytelling. For her, a book begins when she can’t put it down. She welcomes the chance to represent adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, and books for women. Elizabeth and Mike are co-directors of the San Francisco Writers Conference. Elizabeth is the author of the 9th edition of Fun Places to Go in Northern California with Children. Website: http://www.larsenpomada.com/

  • Karen Peterson

    Karen Peterson

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  • Katy Pye

    katy Pye

    Katy Pye lives and writes on California’s North Coast. Her multiple award-wining novel, Elizabeth’s Landing sprang from her years as an environmental activist and natural resources project manager. The ocean bluffs and redwood forest trails out her back door are daily inspiration for writing and her amateur photography. Known to talk to tree frogs, hummingbirds, turkeys—sometimes coyotes, she is delighted when they talk back.
    Her website and blog have more about sea turtles and young people creating positive change.



  • Colleen Rae

    Colleen RaeColleen Rae has finished her fifth novel and is busy rewriting. She works for a newspaper in Saugatuck, MI writing business and human interest articles. Living in Western Michigan near Lake Michigan with her husband Larry and cat Bubba Bear gives her lots of inspiration.
    New email address: raecol35@gmail.com
    Website: colleenraenovels.com

  • Linda Loveland Reid

    linda reid wnba-sf chapter member profileLinda Loveland Reid  is Past President of Redwood Writers branch of CWC. She is author of two published novels. Linda is Chair of the Redwood Writers Play Contest and Festival Fundraiser. She is also an instructor for Sonoma State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, teaching an art history class that she designed. In addition, Linda is a painter and director of community theater. She is founder of a family insurance business and says her motto is “Live ’til you tilt!”


  • Joan Reinhardt Reiss

    Joan Reinhardt ReissJoan Reinhardt Reiss has a renaissance resume as: scientist; public policy advocate for environment and breast cancer; and an award winning marathon runner. Today she is a writer, traveler, cyclist, and skier. Her NPR radio commentaries, travel tales, and writing are on her website jrreisswriter.com

    Currently she’s writing a profile and biography of a Canadian physician who first used lumpectomy and radiation therapy instead of mastectomy for breast cancer and also initiated the radiation cure of Hodgkin’s disease. “Vera Peters, MD – Quiet Feminist, Radical Innovator.” 

  • Barbara Santos

    Barb Santos

    Barbara Santos

    Barbara Santos is the marketing director of the San Francisco Writers Conference. She is also the author of three books: The Maui Onion Cookbook, Maui Tacos Cookbook and Practice Aloha. She was a co-director of the Maui Writers Conference.




  • Helen Sedwick

    Helen Sedwick

    Helen Sedwick

    Writer and lawyer Helen Sedwick has thirty years of experience representing businesses and entrepreneurs. Her historical novel, Coyote Winds, has earned five-star reviews from ForeWord Reviews and Compulsion Reads. When she self-published the novel, she could find no handbook to help indie authors with legal issues ranging from copyright protection to taxes. So she wrote that book: Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook. Her mission is to keep writers out of court and at their desks writing new books. http://helensedwick.com


  • Virginia A. Simpson

    Virginia A. Simpson, WNBA-SFVirginia A. Simpson, Ph.D., FT, holds a Fellowship in Thanatology from the Association of Death Education & Counseling (ADEC). She brings more than a quarter of a century of experience and expertise to her work helping people cope with the loss of a loved one. In 1995, Dr. Simpson founded The Mourning Star Center for grieving children and their families and is the Executive Counseling Director for hundreds of funeral homes. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, is an experienced public speaker, and has been honored for her work by the cities of Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirage. Her first book, The Space Between: A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life will be published in Spring 2016.

  • Renate Stendhal

    Renate Stendhal WNBA-SF ChapterRenate Stendhal, Ph.D. is the author of the award-winning photobiography “Gertrude Stein: In Words and Pictures” (Algonquin, 1994). She is a German-born, Paris-educated writer and writing coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Paris, she worked as a cultural correspondent and translated works by Gertrude Stein, Adrienne Rich, Susan Griffin, Audre Lorde et al into German. Her multimedia show “In the Beginning…of the End,” toured throughout Europe in the 80s and was produced as an award-winning film by the Canadian Film Board. Her essays appeared in many international magazines. Among her publications are “Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit” (New Leaf, 2014, www.lesbianloveforever.com), co-authored with her life companion Kim Chernin, and “True Secrets of Lesbian Desire” (North Atlantic, 2003). Renate also works in private practice as a relationship expert and coach for couples and individuals.
    Her Gertrude Stein blog “Why Do Something If It Can Be Done” is at http://quotinggertrudestein.com. Her cultural reviews are on http://scene4.com. She blogs for Epochalips Magazine and the Huffington Post.

  • Jeanne Choy Tate

    Jeanne Choy Tate

    Jeanne Choy Tate

    Jeanne Choy Tate, at age nineteen, crossed the American continent to “find my identity” and work as a live-in volunteer at the Cameron House mission in San Francisco’s Chinatown. This marked the beginning of her lifelong involvement with Chinese culture and the Chinese-American experience. Through her roles as a bilingual-bicultural early childhood educator, a Presbyterian lay pastor, and a wife and mother in a biracial-bicultural family, she discovered that the interdependent values of Chinese cultural heritage are, in many ways, closer to values held by early biblical communities than those of modern individualism. Her experience inspired her MA dissertation with Robert Bellah on Chinese and American educational values and her PhD at Graduate Theological Union on culture and caregiving.

    Her recently published book, Something Greater: Culture, Family, and Community as Living Story (WipfandStock 2013) draws on the author’s experiences in San Francisco’s Chinatown to contrast intergenerational childrearing in biblical and Chinese communities with American individualism. Awarded third place as a Presbyterian Writers Guild “First Book,” Something Greater explores individualism and cultural diversity in American society. Available on Amazon and on Kindle at bit.ly/JeanneTate. Visit my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JeanneChoyTate.author.

  • Charlotte E. Thompson, M.D.

    Charlotte E Thompson MD

    Charlotte E Thompson

    Charlotte E. Thompson, M.D. has been a practicing physician for fifty years and is the author of eight books; six have been published by William Morrow, Random House, Oxford University Press, Econ-Verlag in Germany  and Jessica Kingsley Publishers in the U.S. and UK. Her first book, Raising a Handicapped Child, was published in 1986 and continues to sell in its fifth edition. The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Autism was completely revised by Dr.Thompson in 2010.

    Dr. Thompson’s latest books are: Your Personal Parenting Guide-Infant and Childcare Wisdom from a Top Pediatrician and Prescription (Rx) for Parenting. How to Raise Healthy Infants and Children. They will be available in September 2015 can be pre-ordered and are also available from Amazon and the Publisher, Atlantic Publishing Group.

    Her Blog is: www.findinggoodmedicalcare.com


  • Janet Thornburg

    Janet ThornburgJanet Thornburg
    ’s collection of short stories, Rhubarb Pie, was published in 2005. Her short stories have appeared in Carve Magazine, The Distillery, In The Family, Lumina, The MacGuffin, Phantasmagoria, Phoebe, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and Sanskrit.
    In addition to writing fiction, she has written and performed seven solo shows, and her poetry has appeared in Womanthology, A Collection of Colorado Women Poets and Most of the Holes are Occupied: A Santa Fe Anthology.
    Website: www.janetthornburg.com



  • Cathy Turney


    Cathy Turney

    Cathy Turney captures the humor in coping with technology and social media, her left/brain right brain marriage to MyHusband, TheEngineer, dogs, and real estate. A life-long resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Cathy was in the first graduating class of the University of California, Santa Cruz, but she’s not that old.

    Cathy writes a humor column for The Concordian and for Emmy Award-winning Judd McIlvain’s TroubleShooter Judd.com Website and has had stories published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Catharsis Journal, the Healey Marque national magazine, and Moss Motors Magazine. She has won finalist and semi-finalist awards from Humor Press.

    Her first book, Dog Stories, Hilarious Tales of a Codependent Pet Owner, was published in 2012. She is at work on her next book, a humorous take on her thirty years in real estate. Cathy is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and California Writers Club, Mt. Diablo Branch.  She loves networking with other writers on Facebook (Cathy Turney) and on her blog at www.ALittleBitOff.net.

  • Margie Yee Webb


    Margie-Yee-Webb-Cat-Mulans-Mindful-Musings-and-Not-Your-Mothers-Book-.-.-.-On-Cats-WNBA-SF-2015Margie Yee Webb is the author/photographer of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life, a gift book for cat lovers and their finicky friends! Also, she is the co-creator of Not Your Mother’s Book . . . On Cats, a humor anthology of 62 cat-approved stories written by their humans (https://PublishingSyndicate.com/), and one of the producers of FEMME: Women Healing the World, an inspiring documentary featuring interviews with influential women around the world to inspire a new hope for the future (http://www.FemmeTheMovie.com/).

    Margie has previously served as CWC Sacramento branch President (July 2007-June 2015), branch Board of Directors member (July 2011-June 2013), and CWC NorCal Representative. For the CWC Central Board, she is serving as New Branch Development Chair and served as Vice President (July 2012-July 2015) and Member-at-Large (July 2008-July 2010). She is the recipient of the 2011 Jack London Award for outstanding service to the club.

    Additionally, she is a member of the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA), Northern California Publishers & Authors Association (NCPA), and Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA).

    For Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings, Margie was awarded Certificates of Excellence for “Gift” and for “Color Photographs (series)” in the CWA 2011 Communications Contest. Also, she received “Best Nonfiction 2012-Gift” and “Best Book Design 2012, 2nd Place” in the NCPA Awards.

    In June 2015, she was honored to write a WNBA-SF Chapter blog post titled “The Bay Area Book Festival: Literary Feat and Fun!” (https://wnba-sfchapter.org/the-bay-area-book-festival-literary-feat-and-fun/).

    Margie encourages everyone to write their stories and to make a difference in the issues that are closest to their heart.

    Facebook: [http://facebook.com/MargieYeeWebb]
    LinkedIn: [http://www.linkedin.com/in/margieyeewebb]

  • Ricky Weisbroth

    ricky weisbrothRicky Weisbroth, who sometimes thinks of herself as The Bear That Wasn’t, is a recluse who periodically emerges from her den to engage with a restive world. She has hitchhiked across the United States and Canada at least five times and has, as well, raised a thumb in the Netherlands, Nepal, Mexico and Peru. At the age of 42 she straddled a two-wheeler for the first time in about twenty years and co-authored Bicycling Mexico (Hunter Publishing).

    Ricky is a founding member of Project Artaud, one of the country’s oldest and largest artist-owned live/work organizations, and has served on its Board of Directors and as Treasurer. A self-trained artist, her most visible undertaking to date is a 65-ft. long mural on the corner of Alabama and 17th Streets in San Francisco.

    But Ricky started out in publishing and to some aspect of publishing has always returned. As a receptionist and secretary at Harcourt, Brace & World, at the age of 19 she won the dubious distinction award for being personally fired by then-president William Jovanovich. Since then she has earned her loaves of bread, mostly, as a freelance book editor. She has held national office as Trustee in the National Writers Union and as Treasurer in its Local 12.

    Ricky divides her personal time between artwork and writing. Professionally, she does developmental and copy editing in addition to critiquing manuscripts and coaching writers. She has participated as a freelance editor at the S.F. Writers Conference for seven years.