Layne Russell is the founder and Listmistress of one of the west coast's fastest growing electronic poetry forums, The Socopoets List, which now boasts over 60 poets from Sonoma Country and further reaches of California, Oregon, and Washington. A professional musician and dancer, as well as a poet, she's lived and performed throughout Northern California, from Chico and Redding and the Feather River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Bay Area. She has a degree in English from CSU Chico, where she studied poetry and creative writing. She's also done post-graduate work in Arts and in Religious Studies at CSU Chico and at the Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado. While at Naropa, Layne was on the editorial staff of Loka, the institute's journal. She has also lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she performed and toured with Minimalist Dancers and Multimedia Artists. Her books include Blood and Other Poems and a collection of spiritually oriented poetry, A Quiet Place (forthcoming in 1998 from White Owl Press).
Jan Young is a native of Palo Alto, where she attended Stanford before going off to Tulane University Medical School for her MD. She is a physician and has worked in Medicine for over 25 years. She also has a Master's in Public Health from Berkeley. Poetry, she explains, affords her an escape "from the straightjacket of a strict science background." She is principally interested in "truth," something for which her "medical background and exposure come in handy," but then there is poetry and her "private practice." Jan has read at readings for the Russian River Writers' Guild and is an editor for SRJC's First Leaves, which will publish some of her poetry in their spring issue.
Marianne Wade grins whenever asked "So, what do you do?" A former elementary school teacher and librarian, Marianne balances her time between poetry, editing, coordinating workshops, journeying, physical recovery from two car accidents, and giving the occasional tarot reading. She's currently working on a new book, Quiet Voices, Other Rooms, and will step "into the foray of self-publishing" with her book Unlocking Tarot. She lives in South San Francisco, "tucked in the quiet corner where San Bruno meets Colma's cemeteries," which is the yin and yang of it, perhaps, given the liveliness of her poetry.
Rebecca Petrascu is
another original member of the Socopoets List and lives in Petaluma, California,
with her husband and their young daughter. She has a BA in Writing
from Dominican College. "Poetry knocks on the inside of my head to
be let out more than prose does," she writes. "Poetry is more than
the sum of its parts." Rebecca has read at Copperfield's Books in
Petaluma and other venues in Sonoma and Marin Counties. A Software
Specialist, she works in software support for a library automation company
in the East Bay.
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