Marina LaPalma was born in Milan, Italy. She was a founder of Kelsey Street Press in Berkeley in the 1970s and a performance artist and art critic in Los Angeles in the 1980s. In the 1990s she was on the Board of The Children’s Book Project in San Francisco, a nonprofit dedicated to literacy-building in young children and served on the Menlo Park Arts Commission for five years. Over the past few years she was a bookseller at Stanford University Bookstore. Her most recent project was editing and writing the preface for her late husband’s book: The Plenitude: Creativity, Innovation and Making Stuff, by Rich Gold (MIT Press, 2007). She has recently moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.