Art Peterson, a lifelong Bay Area resident, taught in the San Francisco public schools for 30 years, 15 of these as a teacher of writing at Lowell High School. Until recently, he was employed as Senior Editor at the National Writing Project, affiliated with the University of California and the nation’s prime organization devoted to the teaching of writing in the schools.
He is the author of several books, including the best-selling humor book Teachers: A Survival Guide for the Grownup in the Classroom, and the teaching classic, The Writer’s Workout Book: 113 Stretches Toward Better Prose. For seven years he edited the Telegraph Hill Dwellers’ Semaphore. He is a member of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society and the California Historical Society.
With his wife Carol, he lives in San Francisco, just a stone’s throw from the Transamerica Pyramid, the Colombo Market Arch, and the Old Ship Saloon, all of which get loving consideration in his book.