In 1976, San Bruno poet Paul Fericano founded the SMALL PRESS RACKS IN LIBRARIES project (SPRIL), funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. In the peer-reviewed article by Fericano published in The Serials Librarian, he “explains how Small Press Racks, installed in 10 California libraries, are proving to be one of the most successful approaches toward reaching the reading public.”
Out of the 10 California libraries where Small Press Racks were installed, 9 were based out of San Mateo County: Atherton Library, Belmont Library, Brisbane Library, Burlingame Library, Foster City Library, Half Moon Bay Library, Millbrae Library, Pacifica Library and Woodside Library.
Fericano is a poet, satirist, social activist, and editor/publisher of Yossarian Universal News Service, the nation’s first parody news syndicate, founded in 1980. His poetry and satires have appeared in numerous publications and media outlets in the United States and abroad since 1971, including The Realist, The Best American Poetry, Saturday Night Live, The New York Quarterly, Mother Jones, 2 Bridges Review, Krokodil (Moscow), Punch (London), Charlie Hebdo (Paris) and Satyrcón (Buenos Aires). He is the author of several books of poetry, including The Hollywood Catechism (Silver Birch Press, 2015), and Things That Go Trump in the Night: Poems of Treason and Resistance (Poems-For-All Press, 2019), winner of the 2020 Bulitzer Prize. Fericano is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse and an advocate for other abuse survivors. He served as director of the nonprofit Instruments of Peace / SafeNet from 2003-2013, and his essays on the healing process are archived and available on his blog, A Room With A Pew.