Peg Alford Pursell comes to the San Francisco Bay Area via Charleston, S.C., as well as Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. She has a website you should visit.
She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and has a BA in education (University of Pittsburgh). Her teaching has been honored with several awards and fellowships including a National Endowment for the Humanities Independent Study Fellow.
She started the Creative Writing Program at the Charleston School of the Arts, taught fiction writing at the College of Charleston, served as an online fiction writing instructor in the beginning days of CoffeeHouse for Writers, as well as instructed and mentored writers through a variety of other workshops and venues. She teaches classes on fiction writing at Book Passage in Corte Madera and the College of Marin.
She’s published poetry in anthologies and publications such as Live Poets Society and the English Journal, and serves on the board of the Marin Poetry Center and the California Writers Club Marin Branch.
Peg’s fiction has received awards and honors such as The State Fiction Award (S.C.), S.C. Academy of Authors Fiction Fellowship, S.C. Arts Commission Prose Alternate, and American Fiction Award Finalist. Her short story collection manuscript was a short-list finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award. She is currently at work on a novel told in stories. New stories have been published in or are forthcoming from Staccato Fiction, Emprise Review, Precipitate Journal, The Fabulist, The Big Ugly Review, Pure Francis, Divine Dirt Quarterly, and others. Her story “Fragmentation” is the title story of the Burrow Press Anthology (February 2011) Fragmentation and Other Stories. Two of her stories have been selected to be performed at Stories on Stage in Sacramento in May 2011.
Peg founded and curates Why There Are Words, a monthly literary reading series in Sausalito.
Peg once co-produced “Drive-by Shorts,” a weekly radio show of ultra-short fiction, and was the fiction editor for Identity Theory once upon a time.
Other interesting work Peg has done over the years includes coordinating volunteers for a homeless shelter, program management in arts and recreation for a city Y, and science writing and public relations for a coastal services government agency, to name a few.
She is still learning to play the flute and loves living in the Bay Area.