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Boris Koodrin/ Director
Bardi Rosman Koodrin/ Literary Director
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Carry the Light of Creativity Informational Flyer (PDF)
Find Us During the Fair In the Fine Arts Galleria. Location #4 on the Grounds Map

video bardi2014 Video: Find out what Carry the Light means to its creators Boris and Bardi Koodrin. A Darlene Frank Interview.

2014 MP3: Arts in the Valley's Kim McMillon chats with Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Literary Director

2015 Fair Information

Congratulations to all the 2015 Literary Award Winners

Complete List Of Winners

Every entrant has at least one submission printed in our annual Carry the Light anthology published by Sand Hill Review Press Don’t forget our annual Carry the Light book launch and autograph party on Opening Day, June 6; book sale begins at 12:30 pm. See daily stage schedule for more information.

Launch Party Information Flyer


2015 Literary Stage Schedule June 6-13

NEW THIS YEAR! Our critique lotteries are sponsored by writing and editing consultants Darlene Frank, Lisa Meltzer Penn, and Audrey Kalman

Darlene, Audrey, and Lisa are active members of the San Francisco Peninsula Writers, a branch of the CWC California Writers Club They are carrying on the club's 100-year old tradition of "Writers Helping Writers."

These professional editors and book coaches have provided their editorial feedback on works drawn at random via the contestants' entry numbers, whether the submissions won a prize or not.

MEET THEM IN PERSON: Look for their special appearances during Fair Week! They will provide critique and editing advice in an "Ask the Editors" workshop on Sunday June 7th from 4 to 5 pm. They will also give free private writing consults to a limited number of people between 6 and 6:30 pm. Sign up is on a first come first serve basis exclusively for writers who attend the earlier Q&A. Print out 2 poems or one to two pages of a story or essay for their review.

The lucky lottery winners are:
Essay critique with Audrey Kalman:
Steinbeck and His Wives by Audry Lynch

Short story critiques with Lisa Meltzer Penn:
Imprisonment by Mary Van Tamelen
In Plain Sight by Anami Sheppaard

Memoir critiques with Darlene Frank:
My First Alcoholic by Judith Shernock
Soul Masala by Leigh Ixchel

In the spirit of creative collaboration, we'll post the feedback on each selected entry for the benefit of other writers.

EXTRA: each winner will also be offered a no-charge phone consultation on his/her writing.



Literary Stage Schedule June 6-13   Contestant Readings Information Flyer


Volunteer during the Fair to win a FREE one-year membership to the Caifornia Writers Club Membership!
(Value worth over $150.00)
Sponsored by the San Francisco/Peninsula Writers

All you have to do is be willing to help! You can work from home or come to the fair and help out at the Literary Stage. Assist Bardi behind the scenes, support the California Writers Club sponsored workshops and presentations; sell the “Carry the Light” anthology; interact with fairgoers; promote the club’s features and benefits to literary contestants; or join the audience and enjoy professional-level workshops.

To be eligible to win this exciting raffle, you must help for a minimum of a three-hour shift at home or the fair that is not related to your own presentation (such as a reading for Fault Zone). You will receive free parking passes and fair entry tickets and all you have to do in return is spend a few fun hours with us. To increase your odds of winning you can enter your name into the hat every day you offer your assistance.

The winner of our free one-year CWC membership raffle will be announced on the Literary Stage on the second Saturday at 2:00 pm. You need not be present to win.


The SF/Peninsula Writers sponsor four fair contests – the CWC Writer of the Year; the Carry the Light Anthology Book Cover Contest, the Fault Zone Anthology Book Cover Art contest, and the Volunteer Raffle. Members also enter fair contests, winning cash prizes and adding these wins to their bios; other members act as judges and contest sponsors. Due to everyone’s efforts, contest entries have more than doubled. During the fair run, we promote the CWC and our branch Fault Zone anthology contests for non-members. We have attracted new members to the club, and some have gone on to serve on the board.

By sharing our stage with other CWC branches, local clubs, and individuals who want to create, we’ve built a reputation as event promoters with our “mini conferences.” We also aligned with SM County Supervisors Slocum and Groom: in 2014, we introduced the first San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin, MFA. She ran two rousing poetry events featuring other local Poet Laureates. Each year CWC members, contest entrants, and interested fairgoers volunteer to help by participating behind the scenes, or onsite, promoting events, assisting during the fair, setting up displays, and editing Carry the Light, our annual anthology of fair submissions published by Sand Hill Review Press.

For this year’s theme at the fair, we’ve chosen the CWC motto “Writers Helping Writers” with an emphasis on mentoring. Members Darlene Frank, Audrey Kalman, and Lisa Meltzer Penn are sponsoring new critique lotteries to coincide with the fair contests. It is a perfect fit with our members who volunteer their talents to encourage aspiring writers and in the process, share their passion for the written word.

2014 Literary Fair Activities & Information

Literary Arts Info

Outstanding Leadership Award


The John Kyne Award was inaugurated in 1974 in memory of John Kyne. The recipient of this prestigious youth award is selected based on their quality and diversity of exhibits throughout the Fair; demonstrated assistance with other exhibitors and department supervisors in the form of teaching, sportsmanship, leadership, attitude and cooperation; and their efforts and assistance given to the fair.

Full details & application »