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Marty Castleberg (aka Dr. A) describes himself as "a recovering academic and organizational trouble-maker who now spends his days untangling words and relaxing with his stringed companions. When he's not at his writing desk, he can be found biking San Francisco streets. He just finished a travel-memoir-'Daveland'-which is about the choices we make when we can no longer hide a life-long secret."

Joan Gelfand received the Chaffin Fiction Award for her short story "Paris Blues Redux" and another story, "The Art Critic," was short-listed for a Carver Prize. She is president of the Women's National Book Association. Her poetry collection A Dreamer's Guide to Cities and Streams was published in 2009.

Joan Gelfand: I met Marty Castleberg at the San Francisco Writers Conference in February 2009. He mentioned playing finger-style guitar to accompany poet friend Christopher Bernard, of Caveat Lector, at readings. I'd been looking for a collaborator. We agreed to meet to see if we were simpatico.

Soon Marty and I were practicing for a gig at the Poetry Center San Jose. I chose a few very musical poems. Marty worked up new music for one, used a composition he already had for another. The response was very strong.

During that first practice session I knew I'd found the right collaborator. His music captured the tone of the poems, and we got along right from the start.