Jean Znidarsic holds a BS from University of Illinois and a MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University, where she studied the architecture of the novel and the teaching of creative writing. She has worked as a journalist, has tutored numerous students in both fiction and essay writing, and is a member of the Bay Area Manuscript Group. As fiction curator of Peninsula Literary in Palo Alto, California, she has been producing literary events for live audiences since 2008. A contributing editor of the Dystrumpian Almanac, she founded Tarweed Accelerator for writers in 2016. She lives in San Francisco where she is writing a novel and a memoir.