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Theresa Whitehill, born in Sacramento in 1957, studied at UC Santa Cruz and Mills College in the 1970s and early 80s. Since 1984 she has lived in Mendocino County, where she is well-known to local poetry audiences. In 1998 she served as Poet-in-Residence at Stags’ Leap Winery for a project that resulted in the exhibit and catalog Napa Valley: Portrait of a Community. She has been published by Alice Waters and the American Film Institute, along with northern California literary journals. Whitehill currently serves as the city of Ukiah’s Poet Laureate. In November of 2009, Pygmy Forest Press published a collection of her poems, A Grammar of Longing. Her literary letterpress broadsides, many produced with her husband, artist Paulo Ferreira, are in major national collections, including the Getty Center for the Arts, Brown University’s John Hay Library, and the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.
La Jolla, CA
Penny Wilkes is a professor of creative and nature writing. She provides mentorship and creative writeshops.
Santa Rosa, CA
Prior to relocating to Northern California, Toni L. Wilkes was a freelance screenwriter and fulltime story editor for feature film director Peter Hyams in Los Angeles. She has conducted creative writing seminars for “Celebrate the Gift” on the campuses of Chapman University and Purdue University. While majoring in English at UCLA, Wilkes focused her studies on poetry. She was invited to attend the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and currently participates in master classes with David St. John. Wilkes is a member of the California State Poetry Society and the Marin Poetry Center. Additionally, she and her husband, Gregory W. Randall, sponsor the Londonberry Salon a quarterly reading series in their home for award-winning poets: David St. John, Susan Terris, C.B. Follett, Terry Ehret, Gary Young. Wilkes serves as a board member for the Sonoma County Library and Poetry Committee Chairman for the Sonoma County Book Festival. Her work appears or is forthcoming in California Quarterly, Confrontation, Cream City Review, Folio, GW Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Healing Muse, In Posse Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Pinyon, Poetry East, Roanoke Review, Rosebud, Southern Humanities Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Touch: The Journal of Healing, The Texas Review and other noted journals. She lives with her husband, Gregory W. Randall, in Santa Rosa, California where they own a financial planning practice.