Marina LaPalma: Curriculum Vita


MA; M.Phil. City University of New York 1992. Comparative Literature.

MFA, University of California, San Diego, 1984. Visual Arts.

BA, Mills College 1980. Poetry & Recording Media.

Graduate studies: Film Studies, UCLA. Romance Philology, NYU.

I edited and wrote the preface for The Plenitude: Creativity, Innovation and Making Stuff (MIT Press Sept. 2007) by my late husband, Rich Gold. Prior to that I organized and inventoried his papers and other materials for the Green Library’s Special Collections Archive. From 2003 to 2009 I was a bookseller on the San Francisco Peninsula at Kepler’s Books and then at the Stanford Bookstore. I have recently moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.


(editing, publishing,  research, cultural initiatives, public relations, fund-raising, etc.)

Board of Directors, The Children’s Book Project, 1994 to 2003. President of  board, 1998 to 2003. A nonprofit organization founded in 1992, The Children’s Book Project advocates and supports child literacy programs, placing over 70,000 books each year into the hands of economically disadvantaged children. I worked with founder and Executive Director, Vicky Pollock, on fund-raising, special events and outreach.

Menlo Park Arts Commission member, 1997 to 2003. This included organizing symposia, commissioning of public artworks and conducting an extensive cultural survey of the community for the City Council.

William Dailey Rare Books in Los Angeles, 1984–1987 and 1989–1991. Selling and inventory of antiquarian books, producing sales catalogs.

I have worked on projects in all stages of the publishing process: manuscript evaluation, translation, worked with authors on rewrites as well as ghost-writing, as a typesetter, copyeditor, production manager and copywriter.

I edited the catalog for New Music America Festival 1980 and wrote catalog essays for exhibitions at The Alternative Museum in New York City, The La Jolla Museum and the Center for Women's Studies, San Diego, The Robert Berman Gallery and Otis Parsons, Los Angeles.

Composition Director, Cinemavision Corp. S. F. Production supervisor weekly cable-TV magazine.  1975–76

Copyeditor, City Magazine, San Francisco, 1975–76.

West Coast Print Center, Berkeley, 1975–77

Literature/Criticism Grants Panel, Wisconsin Arts Board  Fall 1990

Literary Arts Grants Panel, Ohio State Arts Council 1988

Panelist, American Film Institute, Video Awards 1986

Steering committee, L.A. New Music America Festival 1984–85

Curated video programs Sushi Gallery, San Diego 1983

Stage Manager. New Music America Festival, S.F. 1981

Assistant to Gerald O'Grady, Director, Media Study/Buffalo. Research & publicity on film project. 1980

Assistant to Exec. Dir., Center for Contemporary Music, Oakland 1977–79

I was a founding editor of Kelsey St. Press in Berkeley in 1976 and was active with the press until 1983. We produced letterset hand-bound books and offset editions. The Kelsey Street archive has been assembled at the Bancroft Library. More about the Press may be seen online.

Berkeley Poets’ Cooperative. Weekly workshops; edited chapbook series.


Lecturer,  San Francisco Art Institute/Contemporary Art Issues, Winter 1994–95

Lecturer, SFSU Inter-Arts Center,  Spring 1994

Lecturer, U. C. San Diego/Visual Arts Dept./Art Criticism. Spring 1990

Adjunct,  Communications Dept/Hunter College. Intro. to Mass Media 1987–89

Faculty, Otis Art Institute/Los Angeles, 1984‑1987 and 1990-91. Taught Literature and Composition and developed curriculum guidelines for sequence of courses. I also taught Art History survey and Introduction to Modernism.

Associate,  Warren Writing Program, U.C.S.D. 1983

Adjunct,  Warren Writing Program, U.C.S.D. 1982–83

WRITING (Scholarship, Criticism, Journalism)

From 1982 to 1991 I was a contributing editor to Artweek, writing about painting, sculpture, performance, cinema and installation works in southern California; I also wrote articles on theatre, video and other arts, and a music column for High Performance Quarterly. I also wrote for Arts & Architecture, the Los Angeles Weekly, Afterimage and The New Art Examiner.

Between 1989 and 1999 I  presented papers at conferences and symposia on literature, film and culture. and published papers in a variety of  academic journals.

I produced programs on the visual and performing arts for Pacifica Radio between 1972–75 and again in 1987–89.

In 1988 a series of my commentaries on media arts was broadcast on National Public Radio.

WRITING (Literary)

In December 2009 “Eggs” co-re-written with Peter Cherches appeared online in Mung Being.


Prose 1990s—Sage, San Francisco, 1997.

Persistence—Diderot, Mendocino, 1995.

Half-Life—The Present Press, Los Angeles, 1990.

Murmurs—The Present Press, Los Angeles, 1988.

Able Was I—Graphics by Rich Gold. The Present Press, Los Angeles, 1986.

Facial Index—State One Press, Oakland , 1983.

Grammars for Jess—Kelsey St. Press, Berkeley , 1981.

Casablanca Carousel—Invisible, Oakland, 1977.

Neurosuite, translations of poetry by Margherita Guidacci—Kelsey Street Press, Berkeley, 1975.


Alcatraz (Santa Cruz) 1981; 1983 / Beatitude #23, City Lights, 1976 / ZETA (Turin, Italy) 1983 / Choice (Binghamton NY) 1973 / Folio (Birmingham) 1974 / San Francisco Magazine, 1974 / Inkblot 1984; '85 / Invisible City (Red Hill Press) #3, 10, 12, 18, 19. LAICA Journal, 1986 / Los Angeles Weekly, 1983 / Rampike (Toronto, Ontario) issues in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 / Reality Studios (London) 1983, 84, 86 / Rivista Culturale e Politica (Trieste, Italy) 1976 / Smile (Surrey England) 1986 / U.S. One (Princeton, NJ) 1973‑75 / Voices International (Little Rock) 1974 / Waves (Toronto) 1975 / Cervo Volante, Rome, 1983. Altri Termini (Naples, Italy) 1988 ...


A Gift that Cannot be Refused: the Writing & Publishing of Contemporary American Poetry. Mary Biggs. CT: Greenwood Press, 1990.

Selections from Readings at Boise Art Gallery, 1984–85

Stealing the Language—The Emergence of Women's Poetry in America, Alicia Ostriker. Beacon Press, 1986 

Anthology of Italo‑American Poets, Antonio Carello, 1985

Neuland # 4, 1983/84, Koln, West Germany.

Anthology of Women Poets, MacMillan, 1981

American Collegiate Poets, 1979

Anthology—Center for Contemporary Music Oakland, 1978

Making the Park, Kelsey St. 1977.

Contemporary Women Poets, Merlin Press, 1977

Poetry, the Heart of the Matter, Prentice Hall 1977.

Gallery Five, Harper Square Press, Chicago, 1977

Anthology of Literary Types, Prentice Hall, 1976

Hair‑Raising, Kelsey Street Press, 1976.

Nova: Anthology of Literary Types, Prentice Hall, 1976

Poets West, Perivale Press, 1975

McDougall Littell Literature Series, 1975

Green Flag, City Lights, 1968.


Boise, Idaho: Boise Art Gallery (1985). Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University (1989). New York City:  Village Gate; Roulette; Staten Island Museum; The Ear Inn Reading Series 1987; Experimental Intermedia; Darinka's; Pebble Books; NY Public Library. CUNY Graduate Center 1989;     Hartford, CT: Real Art Ways; Univ. of Hartford. Toronto: A‑Space; Cameron Public House (1983).   SF Bay Area: Exploratorium; New Langton Arts, Cody's Books; U.C. Berkeley; Mills College, etc.  San Diego: Center for Music Experiment; UCSD; Sushi Gallery, bookstores, etc.. Buffalo: Albright-Knox Museum, Hallwalls;  Italian Community Center; SUNY-Buffalo; Media Study/Buffalo. Los Angeles: LACE; The Lhasa Club; Beyond Baroque; Otis/Parsons; The Anti‑Club, etc. (1984-87); Pink House (1989);  Stages Trilingual Theatre, Hollywood (1990); The Performance Space, Sydney, Australia, March 1994); Adelaide Arts Festival, Australia.


IXNA (45rpm, 1981) available from New Music Distribution Service. Other audio work on: "State of the Union" (Zoar Records, N.Y. 1982). "Circular Commotion Anthology" (San Francisco, 1983). "L.A.Mantra" (TrancePort Tapes, L.A. 1984). Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, Nova Scotia 1985. Watershed Intermedia, Washington DC. Essential Recordings, S.F. 1980; "Public Hearing:, Oakland, 1982; Belgian Interdisciplinary Arts Festival, 1982. "SNX" compilation (Hawai Records, Bar‑sur‑Aube, France). "Independent World" 1985 anthology & "Bad Alchemy" 1986 (Recommended Records, Bad‑Soden, West Germany). "California-Italy" Sound Poetry Anthology (3ViTre PAIR Editions, Cento, Italy, ed. Enzo Minarelli). November 1990.


"Lively Arts"/Decades of Women's Art, Fresno Arts Center, 1987; ; Real Art Ways, Hartford, Oct. 1985; Lhasa Club, Los Angeles, 1985. Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY, Dec. 1982. Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1982; Albright Knox Museum; Festival, video‑performance at The Kitchen, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1980. Media/Study Buffalo, 1979.


Fellow, Committee for Cultural Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, 1988-89

University Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center, 1987–88

Literary Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1984

Regents Fellowship, U.C.S.D.1981–82

Ford Foundation & UCSD Chancellor's Associates grants, 1983

Finalist, Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, 1979–80

Ina Coolbrith California State Poetry Competition (1st) 1978.