Board Members

Rose Black  (President)

Rose Black lives and works at Renaissance Stone, a sculpting studio in East Oakland. Her poetry has been widely published and she is the author of three books: ClearingWinter Light, and Green Field. Her first two books, Clearing and Winter Light, are included in Yale’s Beinecke Library for the Yale Collection of American Literature. Rose has been editor of the Marin Poetry Center Anthology, and she currently teaches poetry at Salinas Valley State Prison. Her extensive article about the workshop there is featured in Red Wheelbarrow 2015, Literary Magazine.

Dr. Benjamin Bloch

Ben Bloch is a clinical psychologist who worked in the mental health program at Salinas Valley State Prison     for nine years. He moved to San Jose in 2017 and began work in the inpatient unit of San Jose’s downtown jail. His background, in school was in English. He published a book of poetry, Narrows, from Sheep Meadow Press, in 2012, and he continues to write.

Lisa Charnock  (Secretary / Treasurer)

Lisa Charnock is an MFA student in the Solstice program at Pine Manor College.  Her poetry has appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Grist, Zone 3, Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine, among others, and won first place in the 2008 Powell’s Books Portland Poem contest. Lisa has studied under Ellen Bass, Danusha Laméris, Sharon Olds, Mark Doty, Tony Hoagland, Frank Gaspar, and Marie Howe. She teaches a bimonthly poetry workshop at the Salinas Valley State Prison. Lisa currently resides in Aptos, California.

Ken Weisner

Ken Weisner teaches English at De Anza Community College in Cupertino. He both advises and edits Red Wheelbarrow, their literary journal. He also coordinates, with Poetry Center San José, the annual Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize. For fifteen years, Ken edited Quarry West out of Porter College, UCSC. Ken has published two volumes of his own poetry with Hummingbird Press, including Anything on Earth (2010). He has an Iowa MFA in poetry writing and a UC Santa Cruz PhD in comparative literature. Ken’s poems have appeared most recently in Perfume River Poetry Review, Catamaran, Caesura, Nine Mile, Porter Gulch Review, Riverbabble, Monterey Poetry Review, DMQ Review, and Phren-Z. He teaches poetry writing at Salinas Valley State Prison.

Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy, an adjunct professor at JFK University, developed Embodied Writing™, a somatic approach to creative writing, and taught poetry, as a volunteer, in the Salinas Valley State Prison. She has worked as a psychotherapist and has trained mental and behavioral health professionals internationally for over thirty years. Julie’s poems appear or are forthcoming in CALYX Journal, Common Ground Review, The Louisville Review, Pennsylvania English, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Red Wheelbarrow, and The Alembic, among other journals. Julie lives and works in Santa Cruz, California.