Peter Richardson teaches humanities and American Studies at San Francisco State University. He has written critically acclaimed books about the Grateful Dead, the iconic Bay Area rock band; Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker; and Carey McWilliams, the Los Angeles author and editor of The Nation magazine. He serves as a senior literary advisor to the Bay Area Book Festival and won the National Entertainment Journalism Award of Online Criticism in 2013. He earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco.
A native to the Bay Area, Justin Charles Hoover is a practicing visual art, curator and an avid student of Kung Fu. He holds bachelor degrees in Peace Studies and French Literature from Colgate University, a Master Degree in New Genres Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Master Degree of Public Administration of International Management from the Middlebury Institute at Monterey. Since 2004 Hoover has worked as a museum curator and gallery director, developing communities and empowering audiences through exhibitions, public programs, festival and special events. These range from conventional white wall shows, to black box screenings, popup happenings and art in alternative contexts. Hoover has performed, curated, and exhibited at numerous venues around the world including the 2016 Sculpture Quadrenniale Riga, Latvia; 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale as an artist featured in the US Pavilion (Design Action for the Common Good); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among other venues.
P Segal, neé Roberta Pizzimenti, was born and raised in San Francisco's North Beach, where she met the great Beat writers who lived and worked in the city's Italian district. P received a BA in film from UCLA, and a Master's in psychology from New College of California. She is a writer, life coach, and Proust scholar. Her magazine, 'Proust Said That', gives readers a fresh and light-hearted understanding of Proust's genius. She owned the former San Francisco restaurant, Caffè Proust, and is currently the director of a nonprofit effort to create artists, housing and venues in San Francisco.