Literary Arts Contests

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Literary Arts Director      

Bardi Rosman Koodrin

Bardi Rosman Koodrin

Bardi has been a storyteller since the age of five; since she didn’t know how to read or write yet, she drew her stories and narrated them to anyone who would listen. Following her artistic side, she earned a masters degree in Art Therapy from Notre Dame De Namur University.

Having pursued her love of writing for over twenty years as well as promoting other writers on the Literary Stage in the Fine Arts Galleria at the San Mateo County Fair, she considers herself to be a Public Communicator.

Since 2009, Rosman Koodrin has worked to give writers a presence and a voice. She originated “events within the event,” for writers to give free workshops and author presentations to fairgoers. Her literary entries doubled in just one year, and she procured an annual $20,000 Creative Writing Scholarship from Notre Dame De Namur for a deserving high school student and/or a full-time student of any age carrying 12 or more units.

In 2012, her dream of publishing all of the literary contest entries became a reality with the publication of

Carry the Light, Stories, Poems and Essays from the San Mateo County Fair published by Sand Hill Review Press

CREDITS: From 2008-10 she volunteered her time as a segment producer and on-camera interviewer forSenior Moments, a thirty minute San Bruno cable TV program focusing on people over the age of fifty.

She also wrote The Healing Chronicles, a series of health and wellness columns for

Appointed to the San Bruno Culture & Arts Commission in 2008, she has served as both the Chair and Vice Chair, and is active on various art-related subcommittees.

Rosman Koodrin is on the board of directors for the San Francisco/Peninsula Writers, a branch of theCalifornia Writers Club where she co-created the Jack London Media Clinic, a public speaking and on-camera training package designed to help writers promote themselves.

She accepted the 2011 Local Heroes Award from the Midpeninsula Community Media Center for sharing her inspiring stories of living well with chronic health issues.

Bardi Rosman Koodrin was honored to be the 2012 recipient of the Peninsula Arts Council Diamond Awards, Special Recognition category, and is now a proud member of the San Mateo County Arts Hall of Fame.

She is a contributing writer for a private international newsletter, and moderated its health and wellness chat room for over a decade. She has written numerous short stories, articles (American Journal of Art Therapy), personal experiences (Journey to the Light), illustrated two book covers, and her short story, Luscious Lola, was published in the 2011 edition of The Sand Hill Review, Volume XII, and was included in The Best of Sand Hill Review 2012.

She is the author of three novels, Waiting for Ross; Bruja; and The Mud-Eater’s Apprentice. The first three chapters of her fourth novel in progress, Killing the Kid, have been published in the 2010-2013 annual Fault Zone anthologies.

She is married to the artist/muralist Boris Koodrin. Together Boris and Bardi host the blog Carry the Light

Bardi Rosman Koodrin’s personal site is bardiblog

If you would like to enter any literary contest, visit the county fair website.

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