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Welcome to the Webcast Replay of "Emotional Planning for Retirement" with Louise Nayer
Louise Nayer grew up in New York City, received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin and later a Master of Arts in Humanities from SUNY Buffalo where she studied with poets Robert Creeley and John Logan. In 1976 she put all her belongings in a ’68 Camaro and moved to San Francisco where she dedicated her life to writing and teaching.
She is the author of five books, most recently Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen. She kept a journal for the five months before she left her community college teaching job and wrote about the importance of emotional planning for retirement. That book also offers calming exercises to help people through that time. Her book, Burned: A Memoir, was an Oprah Great Read and winner of the Wisconsin Library Association Award. That book chronicles the devastating effects of an explosion in Cape Cod that burned her parents when she was four years old and left her mother facially disfigured. That book outlines the lasting effects of child-parent separation. She has also written for OZY and the San Francisco Chronicle and has been interviewed in Forbes Magazine.
She is a long-time educator and member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. She teaches memoir classes at the Grotto, through OLLI at UC Berkeley and works with people individually. She has given readings of her work at universities and bookstores all over the country and has been interviewed widely on radio including on NPR. She has two grown daughters and a step-daughter and lives with her husband and dog, Ella, in Glen Park in San Francisco.