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Episode 45: Ron Riekki
<p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Ron Riekki and I had a great conversation about his work, his life, and our common experiences.  He is a Saami, Karelian, Finn, and Greek writer with many writing credits. He's studied with Anne Beattie, John Casey, Jayne Anne Phillips, Anselm Hollo, and Stuart Dybek, to name a few! He also hung out with actor Sean Penn! Do give a listen and learn about this fascinating writer!</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://rariekki.webs.com/">https://rariekki.webs.com/</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Postraumattic.png" alt="Posttraumatic book cover" width="450" height="450" />You can order "Posttraumatic" here: <a href= "https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781732336162/posttraumatic-a-memoir.aspx"> https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781732336162/posttraumatic-a-memoir.aspx</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/My_ancestors_are.png" alt= "My Ancestors Are Reindeer Herders and I am Melting in Extinction book cover" width="450" height="658" />You can order "My Ancestors Are Reindeer Hers and I am Melting in Extinction" here: <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Ancestors-Reindeer-Herders-Melting-Extinction/dp/1627202102"> https://www.amazon.com/Ancestors-Reindeer-Herders-Melting-Extinction/dp/1627202102</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><em>"In My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I am Melting in Extinction, Ron Riekki presents a collection of non-fiction, short stories, and poetry about the Karelian- and Saami-American experience. In true nomadic fashion, his writing takes the reader to Kuusamo, Utah, Berkeley, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Lake Mohave, Yosemite, Karelia, and a hazmat facility where all the animals on site have been forgotten.</em><br /> <br /> <em>A mix of Anselm Hollo, Gregory Orr, Eric Torgersen, and Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Riekki’s writing forces the Saami-American voice to be heard, a voice that some might not even realize exists. It does. Furiously."</em></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><em><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src="https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/undocumented.jpg" alt="Undocumented: book cover" width="450" height="227" /></em>You can order "Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice" here:  <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1611863082/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0"> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1611863082/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src="https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/evil_dead.jpg" alt="The Many Lives of the Evil Dead - book cover" width="450" height="695" />You can order "The Many Lives of the Evil Dead" here: <a href= "https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/the-many-lives-of-the-evil-dead/"> https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/the-many-lives-of-the-evil-dead/</a></p> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio:  <strong>Ron Riekki</strong> is a poet and award-winning screenwriter. He is the author of My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting In Extinction: Saami-American Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Poetry, U.P.: A Novel, and Posttraumatic: A Memoir. He edited five anthologies: The Way North (Michigan Notable Book), And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917–2017, Here: Women Writing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Independent Publisher Book Award), Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice, and The Many Lives of The Evil Dead: Essays on the Cult Film Franchise. He's published his writing in The Threepenny Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Wigleaf, Spillway, Poetry Northwest, and many other literary journals. Riekki is Saami-American, Karelian-American, and Finnish-American. If he ever got a tattoo, it'd say Sisu. His home is the north. The far north. No, farther than that.</span></div>
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Episode 44: Frederick-Douglass Knowles II
<p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">This week I am talking to the inaugural Hartford Poet Laureate, Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, whom I've known personally for many years because I also claim Norwich as my "hometown", and as colleagues, we have seen each other "grow up" in the literary scene. Listen to Frederick-Douglass talk about how it was growing up in Norwich and his evolution from spoken word, to the academics, and onto the literary page.  He is prolific with literary and social justice projects literally all over the world while performing his Hartford Poet Laureate duties.  So, listen in. You'll be inspired!</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><a href= "http://frederickdouglassknowles.com">http://frederickdouglassknowles.com</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/BlackRoseCity_Book_Cover.png" alt="" width="450" height="723" />You can purchase BlackRoseCity here: </p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/BlackRoseCity-Frederick-Douglass-Knowles-II/dp/1456729535"> https://www.amazon.com/BlackRoseCity-Frederick-Douglass-Knowles-II/dp/1456729535</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio:   </span><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Frederick-Douglass Knowles II</strong> is the inaugural Poet Laureate for Hartford, CT. His collection of poetry, <em>BlackRoseCity,</em> was featured at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP). His works have featured in the Connecticut River Review; <em>Poems on the Road to Peace: A Tribute to Dr. King</em> by Yale UP; <em>Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry on HIV/AIDS</em> by Third World Press. The Mississippi University for Women nominated his poem “Mason Freeman Cuts Jenkins Down” for a Pushcart Prize. He is the recipient of the 2019 Nutmeg Poetry Award. Frederick-Douglass is an Associate Professor of English at Three Rivers Community College.</span></p>
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Episode 43: Suzanne Frischkorn
<p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Suzanne Frischkorn is a talented and prolific poet living in Connecticut, my home state. Listen to her explain how she got into poetry and the poetry scene and what influenced her work and the many similarities that we shared "growing up" in CT as women writers and poets in our formative years.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src="https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/chapbook.png" alt="Girl on a Bridge book cover" width="550" height="825" />You can purchase <em>Girl on a Bridge</em> here: <a href= "https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/girl-on-a-bridge/">https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/girl-on-a-bridge/</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;">Poem from Girl on a Bridge ---</p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Great Lash</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><em>You wear too much eye makeup. My sister wears too much. People think she's a whore.</em></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Our cornfields were paved in asphalt, sulfur</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">lights snuffed our stars. When one of us had</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">no shoes, we went barefoot, walking streets</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">laid with tar. First we coated lashes blackest</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">black from tubes of green and pink, our eyes</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">lined kohl. If it was Thursday we found</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">boyfriends and waited by the liquor store for</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">anyone to buy us Smirnoff. Anyone at all.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">We were not sweet girls.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">*</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">We were not sweet girls, yet we wore silver</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">chains with silver hearts & crosses, onyx</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">rings, blush, lipstick, powder. Hair flipped</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">by vent brush before entering a night without</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">stars. Our parents were line dancing, were bank</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">tellers, were absent. We were a family that knew</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">nothing about its members.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">*</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">We cut school and watched Foxes.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">We cut school and drank vodka.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">We cut school and got stoned,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">did our makeup, walked the streets.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">One of us got out. One of us ran</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">into our connection working a shoe store,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">one of us glimpsed another with a baby,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">one of us marries her Thursday night</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">boyfriend and shatters her image.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">*</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">We were not sweet girls, no. If there had</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">been corn, or stars? Maybe the deep</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">sweet girlness would have surfaced ― dreamy</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">fresh-faced girls ― petals listening to rain.</span></p> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"> </p> </div> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Lit_Window_Pane.png" alt="Lit Window Pane book cover" width="550" height="832" />You can purchase <em>Lit Windowp</em>ane here:  <a href= "https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/lit-windowpane/">https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/lit-windowpane/</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: left;">Poem from Lit Windowpane--</p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Window </strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">A damp windowsill means nothing— it’s no bird tapping </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">     on a pane— I am waiting </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">for the swallow’s stone, the anodyne </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">     to illness brought by sparrow song.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">This morning rain gathers in still puddles and the songbirds</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">     sing without percussion― loud notes echo </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">the empty street— they sing and </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">     sing and sing. No owl has brushed its wing</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">against our windowpane and sunlight</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">     overcomes the clouds.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Thrush birdsong: lacey throated stars. The April </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">      of our fifth year reeds withered around the pond. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Last summer I painted the porch ceiling </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">     robin’s egg blue. Spring now and the sparrows </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">weave a nest in our dryer vent.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">     I watch you ladder your way into their world, lift </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">bits of twine and sticks and string, yet</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">     you know they will return. How I love you</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">then— how I should have loved you all along.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">BIO:  <strong>Suzanne Frischkorn</strong> is the author of <em>Lit Windowpane (2008),</em> <em>Girl on a Bridge</em>, (2010) and five chapbooks. <em> </em>Her honors include the Aldrich Poetry Award for her chapbook, Spring Tide, selected by Mary Oliver, an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Writer’s Center, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Visit her website: <a href= "https://suzannefrischkorn.com/">https://suzannefrischkorn.com/</a></span></p>
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Episode 42: Tony Remington
<p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Tony Remington</strong> is a photographer and painter who practices many other art forms. Listen to us discuss his humanistic photojournalist style and portraiture, his vision and desire to continue to create in many genres such as cartooning. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://www.instagram.com/xtoid/">https://www.instagram.com/xtoid/</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://tonyremington.wixsite.com/mysite">https://tonyremington.wixsite.com/mysite</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Article on the Al Robles Express, 2019, by Lisa Suguitan Melnick: </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/the-al-robles-express-is-on-the-right-track"> http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/the-al-robles-express-is-on-the-right-track</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Article on Tony Remington's exhibit by Carlos Zialcita:</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/tony-remingtons-launching-point-to-fil-am-consciousness"> http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/tony-remingtons-launching-point-to-fil-am-consciousness</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio:</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Tony Remington</strong> grew up in San Francisco's Haight/Ashbury and has lived in many parts of San Francisco such as Daly City and West Oakland. Although he had experience many Balikbayan trips to the Philippines with his parents, in 2005 he began a series of extended visits to the Philippines that accumulated to more than seven years.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">In 1970 he began his life as a photographer, became involved in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State College, and developed an interest in Eastern Philosophy.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Upon leaving college and after completing his first major photographic essay in the Philippines, he began his work in the post-International Hotel community of San Francisco with poet/activist Al Robles and poet/social worker Presco Tabios. It was here working as food delivery person for home-bound seniors in a makeshift re-established post "Manilatown" he photographed the "Manongs" from 1977 to 1981.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">The bulk of his economic life span included odd jobs such as handyman carpentry, but most notably to commericial photography, working 15 years as a commercial digital product photographer for two prepress/printing companies.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">The mainstay of Tony Remington's vision is rooted in his ongoing body of work as a social realist photographer. This influence formally began to transfer into his paintings in 2017 as the official artist of the Manilatown Heritage Foundation's 50th Anniversary of the International Hotel Eviction of August 4.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">In his own words "I believe in a deeper indigenous sense of continued spiritual evolution."</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><img style= "display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Launching-Point-1-Poster.jpg" alt="Tony's Gallery Showing Info" width="550" height="711" /></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 40px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/1979_Manong_Wilfred_Ventura_post_Manilatown_era_Amparo_Hotel_San_Francisco_CA.png" alt="photo by Tony on Manong " width="550" height="367" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;">Manong Wilfred Ventura, post Manilatown era, Amparo Hotel, San Francisco, CA, 1979, by Tony Remington</p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/1975_Ocean_Beach_San_Francisco.png" alt="Ocean Beach San Fran 1975 photo by Tony Remington" width="550" height="365" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;">Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA, 1975, by Tony Remington</p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Ondoy_Flood_2009.jpeg" alt="Ondoy Flood, Philippines, 2009, photo by Tony Remington" width="550" height="369" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 80px; text-align: center;">Ondoy Flood, Philippines, 2009, by Tony Remington</p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/2009_Greetings_from_an_Old_Soul_Artex_Compound_at_Barangay_Panhulo_Malabon_City_Metro_Manila_Philippines.png" alt="Greetings from an Old Soul photo by Tony Remington" width= "550" height="365" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;">"Greetings from an Old Soul", Artex Compound Barangay, Panhulo, Malabon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 2009, by Tony Remington</p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 40px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/2019_Laga_Festival_Kalinga_Apayao_Cordilleras_of_Luzon_Philippines.png" alt="Kalinga Dancers photo by Tony Remington" width="550" height= "409" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 80px; text-align: center;">Laga Festival, Kalinga Apayao, Cordilleras of Luzon, Philippines, 2019, by Tony Remington</p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Ethnic_Studies.png" alt="Juanito Tamayo Lott, 2019, Filbookfest5 by Tony Remington" width="550" height="412" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;">Juanita Tamayo Lott at the 5th Annual Filipino American International Book Fest, San Francisco Public Library, October 2019, by Tony Remington</p>
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Episode 41: John Davis Jr.
<p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>John Davis Jr.</strong> is a Floridian poet residing in the Tampa Bay area. He has been writing and publishing for about 20 years.  Listen to us discuss how the Florida landscape and his love for travel influences his work and about his future projects. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><a href= "http://poetjohndavisjr.com">http://poetjohndavisjr.com</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Hard_Inheritance.png" alt="Hard Inheritance book cover" width="450" height="681" />You can purchase "Hard Inheritance" here: <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Inheritance-John-Davis-Jr/dp/1944355197/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1508088573&sr=8-2&keywords=Hard+Inheritance"> https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Inheritance-John-Davis-Jr/dp/1944355197/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1508088573&sr=8-2&keywords=Hard+Inheritance</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 19px; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Middle_Class_Proverb.png" alt="Middle Class American Proverb book cover" width="450" height= "662" />You can order "Middle Class American Proverb here: <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Middle-Class-American-Proverb-Davis/dp/0942544129/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414094131&sr=8-1&keywords=Middle+Class+American+Proverb"> https://www.amazon.com/Middle-Class-American-Proverb-Davis/dp/0942544129/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414094131&sr=8-1&keywords=Middle+Class+American+Proverb</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Bio: </strong> <em>John Davis Jr.</em> is a Florida poet. His books include <em>Hard Inheritance</em> (Five Oaks Press, 2016), <em>Middle Class American Proverb </em>(Negative Capability Press, 2014), and two other collections. His poems have been published internationally, with appearances in magazines like <em>Nashville Review, Barren magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, The Common online, </em>and <em>Steel Toe Review, </em>among many others. He holds an MFA from University of Tampa in addition to a master's in education. He presently serves as associate dean of academic affairs for Keiser University in Clearwater.  </span></p> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"> </div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Typewriter Thief</strong></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Silver keys drew me in – neatly lettered and numbered circles</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">the size of my fingers. If only I could hear those hammers,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">smell ink pressed free. Taken by its store display, I sought</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">a rhythm of permanence: the striking discharge of my name.</span></div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Once cops found the Remington in my neighbor’s shed, they said</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">That boy, as if nobody else would want black applause</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">from a curious carriage’s well-oiled melody</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">played on paper and ended with a single bell – done.</span></div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Police returned it to Mister Howard, who let it sit</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">because his name was already on too many buildings.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">They booked me in, had me hold a sign with Courier numbers –</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">white holes of zeroes captured by print’s hard impact.</span></div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"> </div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"> </div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Creek Wading with a Young Son</strong></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Arriving by bike, we know to whisper like the woods:</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">This stream’s soft trill and the wind’s slow travel</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">through pines drown the drone of highway lanes</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">beyond the palmetto-frond hands opening toward water.</span></div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Predator, provider: This anonymous tributary</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">takes and gives alike as our four bare feet</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">bring clouds from its white sand bottom – swirling rising</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">residue stirs south, settles back beneath water.</span></div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Your passage here disproves ancient philosophy:</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">I am the nameless man who stepped in the same time</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">twice thanks to your smaller, faster-filling tracks.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">My deeper plunges do not slow this aging water.</span></div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">In sunlit pockets along the dark-patched course,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">shadow fish dart like memories – there, gone.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">But we have neither hooks nor bread today,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">so black scales brush our foreign ankles underwater.</span></div> <div style="padding-left: 40px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Your sunken toes discover some animal’s rib</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">and like a tribesman, you lift it, fling it forward.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">It skips, ripples holes in two distant points</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">before rocking and sinking in new familiar water</span>.</div>
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Episode 40: Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Listen to my interview with Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo, currently residing in Hawai‘i, an amazing poet with raw insight and stories. I had the chance to meet him out in San Francisco in October at the 5th Annual Filipino American International Book Festival where I learned of his work and found out that we also share some interesting parallels and intersections. Listen to him read and discuss his poems from his debut full-length poetry collection, "Leaving Our Shadows Behind Us" published by Bamboo Ridge Press in 2019.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/me_and_elmer.jpg" alt="Me & Elmer at the Filbook Fest in San Francisco, October 2019" width="450" height="432" />Me & Elmer at the <a href= "filbookfestival.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5th Annual Filipino American International Book Festival</a> in San Francisco, October 2019, organized by <a href="http://pawainc.com" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">PAWA, Inc.</a> & <a href= "https://sfpl.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">San Francisco Public Library</a>.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Leaving_Our_Shadows_Behind_Us.png" alt="Leaving Our Shadows Behind Us book cover" width="450" height= "671" />You can order his book here at: <a href= "https://www.bambooridge.com/storeitem.aspx?pid=134" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Bamboo Ridge Press</a></p> <p>--------------------------------------------------</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">SIBULAN</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Negros Oriental, Philippines</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">At the mouth of the sea</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">where the Ocoy River ends,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">brown bodies of naked boys</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">pop in and out of the swirling</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">water, like fish gasping for air.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Foaming soapsuds stained</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">with dirt from clothing</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">women scrub on the river banks</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">dissolve in the green water,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">like this half spoonful of sugar</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">I just dropped</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">into my cup of tea.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">AFTER THE LOVE-MAKING</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Be honest, you insist,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">catching your breath.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">I want you to describe</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">how I made love to you.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Do you really care? I ask.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">You nod.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">All right then, I say,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">swiping my wet lips</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">with my tongue. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">You're a half-ripe tangerine,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">somewhat sweet,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">a bit sour,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">even after dipped in salt.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>BIO:</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo</strong> is an emerging voice in local literature, who translates his feelings into his poetry, reinterpreting his life experiences and working diligently to maintain authenticity. His poems are uniquely provocative, often sad in depicting his journey from an abusive childhood in the Philippines, through the trials of an overseas Filipino worker enduring and witnessing injustice and torture in the Middle East, to the challenges of a hard-working immigrant in 21st-century Hawai‘i. This is an important collection that offers a glimpse into a life of laboring to survive. Sometimes self-deprecating and occasionally humorous, Pizo’s distinctive poetry affirms the redemption found in the small sparks of humanity.</span></p> <p> </p>
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Episode 39: Nick Flynn
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Nick Flynn agreed to come on YourArtsyGirlPodcast, so I got a chance to pick his brains a little! We talk about his upbringing, the production of his film, "Being Flynn" that was based on his famed memoir "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City", some of his writing process, his new work, as well as hear him answer a question posed by one of my listeners, P.K. Harmon out in Guam. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://nickflynn.org">http://nickflynn.org</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/9781644450024.jpg" alt="I Will Destroy You book cover" width="450" height="675" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;">You can order Nick Flynn's new collection of poetry here:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><a href= "https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/i-will-destroy-you">https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/i-will-destroy-you</a></p> <p> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/another_bullshit_night.png" alt="Another Bullshit Night in Suck City book cover" width="450" height="614" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;">   <a href= "https://wwnorton.com/books/Another-Bullshit-Night-in-Suck-City">https://wwnorton.com/books/Another-Bullshit-Night-in-Suck-City</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Bio: </strong> Nick Flynn has worked as a ship's captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults.  He is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times best-selling memoir "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City".  His most recent book is "I Will Destroy You" (Graywolf, 2019).  He has received fellowships from (among other organizations): The Guggenheim Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Library of Congress.  His work has won two PEN prizes, been a finalist for France's Prix Femina, and has been translated into fifteen languages. Some of the venues his poems, essays, and non-fiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and the National Public Radio's "this American Life".  Since 2004, he has spent each spring in residence at the University of Houston, where is a professor on the Creative Writing faculty.</span></p>
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Episode 38: Melinda Luisa de Jesús
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Dr. Melinda Luisa de Jesús is definitely a Renaissance woman! She is a scholar, a classical singer, a poet, & a visual artist. Listen to her discuss her journey into creativity through her earlier beginnings as a classically trained mezzo-soprano. As a feminist scholar, it wasn't until she found her voice in poetry with various publications to her first poetry collection "peminology", did her world open up even more to include visual arts in her artistic and intellectual repertoire.  </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/peminology.png" alt= "" width="450" height="610" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Order "peminology" here:</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/melinda-luisa-de-jes%C3%BAs/peminology/paperback/product-23634481.html" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/melinda-luisa-de-jes%C3%BAs/peminology/paperback/product-23634481.html</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>PEMINOLOGY<br /> by Melinda Luisa de Jesús</strong></span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Published by Paloma Press</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Release Date: March 2018</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">ISBN: 9781387483686</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Pages: 80, full-color</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;"><em>Available on <a href= "http://www.lulu.com/shop/melinda-luisa-de-jes%C3%BAs/peminology/paperback/product-23528832.html">Lulu </a>and at select bookshops</em></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">In honor of International Women’s Day, Paloma Press is proud to announce the release of <strong><em>PEMINOLOGY</em></strong>, a first poetry collection by Melinda Luisa de Jesus, a feminist of color who teaches and writes about critical race theory, girlhood and monsters, and believes, “as did the ancients, that a poem can change the world.”</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><em>Excerpt:</em></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Jealousy</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">1.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Wanting to be blonde-haired, blue-eyed,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">small-boned and delicate</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">ivory-complexioned, sweet and ladylike</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">a fairy princess,</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">or green-eyed and red-haired</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">like a mermaid</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Anything but brown-skinned</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">brown-eyed</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">black-haired</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">loud</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">big</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">fat</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">different.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">2.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">I love your poems</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">I hate your poems</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">I want to lick them,</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">chew the paper they’re on</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">savor each line</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">then</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">swallow them whole</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">make them mine.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">3.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Wishing I felt more connection</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Planted in American soil</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">wilting</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">bleached</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">I long to be coconut, carabao brown.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><em>Advance words:</em></strong></span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">“Melinda Luisa de Jesús’ debut collection of poems comes from a space of longing, rebellion, grief, love, poetics and politics. Bold, unafraid and uncompromising, peminology carves out a space for de Jesús’ vision and her generation of Filipinas in immigrant America. She speaks in multiple voices and registers, as a daughter, to a daughter, as a mother, to a mother, as a storyteller, dredging up a past and confronting fiercely the present. <strong>peminology</strong> is poetic auto ethnography. It must be read. It must be heard. It must be listened to. This is Asian-America. This is post-Trump’s America. This is the America we live in.”</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">—Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, author of <em>The Postcolonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant</em></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">“<strong><em>peminology</em></strong> is bold, raw, and honest. Weaving between past and present, de Jesús creates a narrative of traumas that connect girlhood to womanhood. Charting the intersections of racial and feminist awakenings, these poems offer avenues for shame and rage to become strength and resistance. “The Tractor,” “Patriarchy,” and “Imagine That” are but a few examples of the timely critiques—anthems, even—that de Jesús situates amidst her chronology of oppression and opposition. Her experimentation with form, including the hay(na)ku, the hay(na)ku sentence, and the pantoum, interrupts Western poetic conventions as much as the language and imagery itself. The stand out poem—“Bellies”— followed by “Pantoum for Eloisa,” explores the heartbreaking complexities of brown women negotiating motherhood and white imperialism. This collection will leave you simultaneously heartbroken and empowered, ready to rise out of your seat to demand recognition, and sit down with your child to nurture self-love. A must-read for 2018.” —Linda Pierce Allen, co-editor of <em>Global Crossroads: A World Literature Reader and Questions of Identity: Complicating Race in American Literary History</em></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Bio:</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Associate Professor and former Chair of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. She writes and teaches about Filipinx/American cultural production, girl culture, </span><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States. She edited Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory, the first anthology of Filipina/American feminisms (Routledge 2005). Her academic writing has appeared in Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices; Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and Art; Approaches to Teaching Multicultural Comics; Ethnic Literary Traditions in Children’s Literature; Challenging Homophobia; Radical Teacher; The </span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Lion and the Unicorn; Ano Ba Magazine; Rigorous; Konch Magazine; Rabbit and Rose; MELUS; Meridians; The Journal of Asian American Studies, and Delinquents and Debutantes: TwentiethCentury American Girls’ Cultures.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">She is also a poet and her chapbooks, Humpty Drumpfty and Other Poems; Petty Poetry for SCROTUS Girls’ with poems for Elizabeth Warren and Michelle Obama; Defying Trumplandia; Adios </span><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Trumplandia!; James Brown’sWig and Other Poems; and Vagenda of Manicide and Other Poems were published by Locofo Chaps in 2017. Her first collection of poetry, peminology, was published by </span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Paloma Press in 2018.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">In Spring 2019 Melinda was the Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Professor at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she organized the </span><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Pinay Power II: Celebrating Peminisms in the Diaspora conference (see <a href="http://www.pinaypower.ca" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">pinaypower.ca</a> for more info).</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">She is a mezzo-soprano, a mom, an Aquarian, and admits an obsession with Hello Kitty. More info: <a href="http://www.peminist.com" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://peminist.com</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Twitter: @peminology</span> </p>
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Episode 37: Betty Ann Besa-Quirino
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Upon my visit to San Francisco to attend the 5th Annual International Filipino American Book Festival, I had the pleasure to learn about Betty Ann Besa-Quirino's work and her prolific Filipino cookbooks.  However, after interviewing her and learning more about her on YourArtsyGirlPodcast, I found Ms. Betty Ann to be even more fascinating than ever that I wanted to keep on talking to her. For as most authors, she does more than writing Filipino cookbooks and food blogs, she is a journalist, creative writer and an artist as well!</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://www.asianinamericamag.com/about/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.asianinamericamag.com/about/</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/InstantFilipinoRecipesCookbookCoverOct2018.jpg" width="450" height="465" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1723844802/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1723844802/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0</a></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/MyMothersPhilippineRecipesCookbookCOVERfrontAug2019.jpg" alt="" width="450" height="600" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1977701973/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1977701973/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Bio:</strong>  Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino, is a journalist, and a multi-award-winner of the Plaridel Writing Awards and has been a winner of the Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Writing Awards. She is the author of her newest cookbook <em>“Instant Filipino Recipes: My Mother’s Traditional Philippine Food in a Multicooker Pot</em>”. Other cookbooks she has written are: “<em>My Mother’s Philippine Recipes”</em> and “<em>How To Cook Philippine Desserts,</em> <em>Cakes and Snacks”.</em> She is a correspondent for <strong>Positively Filipino</strong> online magazine; and blogs about Filipino home cooking on her site <strong>AsianInAmericaMag.com</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Betty Ann, as she is fondly called, was born in the Philippines and raised in Tarlac province where her way of life was molded early on by her parents’ farming and agricultural business. From the time she was a little girl, Betty Ann learned how to cook traditional Philippine dishes from her mother and has transformed these culinary skills to modern day Filipino cooking in her American kitchen. Based in New Jersey, Betty Ann is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP-New York); the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance; the Association of Culinary Historians of the Philippines.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><em>Instant Filipino Recipes Cookbook: My Mother’s Traditional Philippine Food In a Multicooker Pot. (2018; Amazon.com) –</em></strong> This is perhaps the first Filipino cookbook published in America with recipes for the popular kitchen appliance, the Instant Pot or multicooker. The author has put together 36 traditional Philippine recipes, each with full color photos and shares a faster way to cook these classics without losing the soul of mom’s cooking.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><em>My Mother’s Philippine Recipes (2017; Amazon.com) –</em></strong> The author shares a collection of her mother’s recipes from her childhood, often served to family and friends who stopped by their home in Tarlac. The Besa home was known to locals as “the home along the highway”, a stopover of friends and family enroute to Baguio. Friends relished the multi-course meals her mother prepared with produce ingredients harvested from their farm, expertly grown by her father.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">War & Forgiveness article: </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/war-and-forgiving">http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/war-and-forgiving</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Instagram: @bettyannquirino</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Twitter: @bettyannquirino</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Pintrest: BettyAnnBesa Quirino</span></p> <div dir="ltr" style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "color: #3333ff;"><strong>Elizabeth Ann Besa- Quirino</strong></span></div> <div dir="ltr" style="padding-left: 30px;"><a href= "http://amazon.com/author/elizabethannbesaquirino" target="_blank" rel="noopener">elizabethannbesaquirino</a></div> <div dir="ltr" style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong><a href= "http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/tupig-from-tarlac" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Correspondent, PositivelyFilipino.com</a></strong></div> <div dir="ltr" style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong><span style= "color: #38761d;"><a href="https://www.asianinamericamag.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Blog: www.AsianInAmericaMag.com</a></span></strong></div>
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Episode 36: Irena Kečkeš
<p> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">This week, I will take you to the small island of Guam where Dr. Irena Kečkeš works and lives.  She teaches Fine Arts at the University of Guam and is a master printmaker who creates and exhibits internationally.  Listen to her explain her illustrious career and her adventurous journey in keeping true to her art and why it is important for her to connect with her art community all over the world.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://irenakeckes.wixsite/irenaart">http://irenakeckes.wixsite/irenaart</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Bonding1.jpg" alt= "photo of exhibit "Bonding"" width="450" height= "655" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Bonding2.jpg" alt= "photo of exhibit "Bonding"" width="450" height= "357" />"Bonding" Exhibit - Santander, Spain</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>ARTIST STATEMENT | Irena Kečkeš</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Living and working in diverse artistic and scholarly environments in Europe, Japan, USA, New Zealand, and more recently Guam, has shaped my approach to art making and thinking. My main artistic practice is printmaking. I employ both Eastern and Western print methods, placing an equal importance on concepts and technologies. My art research has been informed by ecologically responsive, and expanded forms of contemporary print, as well aspects of phenomenology, deep ecology, and Buddhist practice and philosophy. While using one of the oldest printmaking methods, woodblock printing, my practice has moved towards what may be called an extended field of print; my large-scale woodcuts are often placed alongside the three-dimensional objects – carved wooden plates. More recently I have been printing on diverse material: from translucent tracing papers (woodcut print installation “Polyphonic”, 2017), to plastic and Mylar sheets, to various fabrics. I also collaborate with other artists in making a print installations, such as was the project “Bonding”, a large print installation made of woodcuts and linocuts on fabric, exhibited in Spain during the Impact 10 international printmaking conference in 2018. Merging intellectual and physical acts of making, exploring embodied ways of knowing, and mind-body interrelations have been key components of my artistic query.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">My PhD study, completed in 2015, investigated forms of contemporary printmaking, its relationships with aspects of Buddhism, and more. It explored if and how a Buddhist notion of interconnectedness may inform ecologically mindful printmaking. Likewise, the cycle of my works titled “Black Prints” (2015) explored the process of carving as a meditative practice. This approach remains present in most of my work, today as well. In creating my prints, an equal importance has been placed on concepts, on technologies and on blending art with craft, and body with mind.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src="https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Plolyphonic2.jpg" alt="Polyphonic 1" width="450" height="684" /></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Polyphonic1.jpg" alt= "" width="450" height="684" />"Polyphonic" Exhibit</p> <p style="text-align: center;">  </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/woodcut-keckes1.jpg" alt="Woodcuts" width="450" height="225" /></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/woodcuts-keckes2.jpg" width="450" height="225" /></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;">(Woodcuts)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Bio: </strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Irena Kečkeš</strong> received PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2015), MFA in printmaking from Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan (2005) and BA in art education, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia (2000). Integrating theory and practice has been a key element to her research through which she has been exploring connections between eco-Buddhism and printmaking, extended forms of print and art/craft relationship. Her practice involves large-scale monochrome woodcuts and print installations. Irena’s artwork has been exhibited internationally in many group and independent exhibitions. She presented at several international printmaking conferences including IMPACT 10 international printmaking conference in Santander, Spain (2018), SGCI 2016 in Portland USA, IMPACT 9 in China (2015), IMPACT 8 in Scotland (2013), 3rd IMC in Hawaii (2017) and 2nd IMC in Tokyo, Japan (2014). She will next participate in SGCI 2020, in Puerto Rico. Since 2015, Irena is an Associate Professor of Art at College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at University of Guam.</span></p>
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Episode 35: Daniel García Ordaz
<p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Learn about Daniel García Ordaz, his poetry and insights.  He is a poet, songwriter and teacher from McCallen, TX, doing amazing things for his community as the founder of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EYRBUTU/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i3" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/YouKnowWhatImSayin-GarciaOrdaz.png" alt="book cover of You Know What I'm Sayin'" width="450" height= "695" /></a>You can order here: </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EYRBUTU/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i3"> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EYRBUTU/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i3</a></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HWW4BVS/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/SongsofEmpowerment-GarciaOrdaz.png" alt="book cover" width="450" height="723" /></a>You can order here:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HWW4BVS/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0"> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HWW4BVS/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0</a></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Daniel's Poets & Writers page: </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://www.pw.org/directory/writers/daniel_garcia_ordaz">https://www.pw.org/directory/writers/daniel_garcia_ordaz</a></span></p> <p> </p> <div class= "field field-name-field-agency-email field-type-email field-label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field-label"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Email: </span></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href="mailto:poetmariachi@gmail.com">poetmariachi@gmail.com</a></span></div> </div> </div> <div class= "field field-name-field-url field-type-link-field field-label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field-label"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Website: </span></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Garc%25C3%25ADa-Ordaz/e/B00JGE4PMK" target="_blank" rel= "nofollow noopener">www.amazon.com/Daniel-Garc%25C3%...</a></span></div> </div> </div> <div class= "field field-name-field-twitter-handle field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field-label"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Twitter: </span></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a title="Twitter @poetmariachi" href= "https://twitter.com/poetmariachi" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">@poetmariachi</a></span></div> </div> </div> <div class= "field field-name-field-ac-feed field-type-link-field field-label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field-label"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">RSS feed: </span></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href="https://poetmariachi.wixsite.com/blog" target="_blank" rel= "nofollow noopener">poetmariachi.wixsite.com/blog</a></span></div> <div class="field-item even"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> </span></div> <div class="field-item even"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio:  <strong>Daniel García Ordaz</strong> is the founder of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival and the author of <em>You Know What I’m Sayin’?</em> and <em>Cenzontle/Mockingbird.</em> His focus is on the power of language, which he celebrates in his writings and talks. He defended his thesis, <em>Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Empowerment Through Mimicry</em>, to complete his terminal degree, an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and he co-edited <em>Twenty: In Memoriam</em>, a response by poets across the U.S. to the Sandy Hook shootings.</span></div> <div class="field-item even"> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">García is a teacher and writer, and a recognized voice in Mexican American poetry. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, academic collections, and anthologies. He was born in Houston and raised in Mission, Texas. His publishing experience including editing and book cover design credits.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">He appears in the documentary, “ALTAR: Cruzando fronteras/Building bridges" itself an altar offering to the late Chicana scholar and artist Gloria E. Anzaldúa, one of his great influences for this collection. García was one of five authors and the only poet chosen to participate in the Texas Latino Voices project in 2009 by the Texas Center For The Book, the state affiliate of the Library of Congress. He has been a featured reader and guest at numerous literary events, including the Dallas International Book Fair, McAllen Book Festival, Texas Library Association events, TAIR, TABE, and Border Book Bash, among others.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><em>García’s work has also appeared in Juventud! Growing up on the Border</em> (VAO Publishing), <em>Poetry of Resistance: Voices For Social</em> Justice (The University of Arizona Press), La Bloga, Left Hand of the Father, <em>Harbinger Asylum</em>, <em>Interstice</em>, <em>Encore: Cultural Arts Source</em>, 100 Thousand Poets For Change, <em>Gallery: A Literary & Arts Magazine</em> (UTRGV), Boundless, and <em>The Mesquite Review</em>, among others. See a videos of him on YouTube and follow him at @poetmariachi.</span></p> <p> </p> <p align="center"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Cenzontle*</strong></span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><em>“Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.”</em></span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><em>~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird</em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">And what makes a mockingbird special, anyway?</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Why it’s the trill from her tongue,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">the cry from her lungs,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">the sway of her lips,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">it’s her dusty, rusty, crusty cries,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">the trail of tears in her eyes</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">on sheet music playin’,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">floatin’ and swayin’</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">to the beat, beat, beating, way-laying,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">saxopholaying,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">assaulted, accosted, bushwhacked and busted,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">cracked open, bruised, banged and accused,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">flat broke and broken terror bespoken—</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">a token of survivin’,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">of thrivin’, of juke joint jump jivin’</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">of death cheaten daily through unwanton wailin’.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Why a mockingbird’s got diamonds</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">at the souls of her blues,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">whip-lashed back-beats</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">at the edge of her grooves,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">croons of healing above strangely-fruited plains of grieving.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">She lets loose veracity with chirps</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">still rising at the edge of a knockabout life,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">troubled and toiled</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">beat-boxed, embroiled,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">de-plumed, defaced, ignored, encased,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">caged and debased ‘cause of the color of her skin.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">But as the din fades and the cool of eve rolls in,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">there she stands—chest huff-puffed and proud,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">unbowed and loud, endowed</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">with the power of flight,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">under the big dip of night,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">echoing the ancient <em>Even</em> cry of a lioness</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">defending her pride</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">in that sweet mother tongue:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">I rise up, and, <em>Adam</em>,</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">I shall not be moved today!</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">The mockingbird sings what the heart cannot pray.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">The mockingbird sings what the heart cannot pray.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="right"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">*Cenzontle is the Nahuatl word for the northern mockingbird, <em>Mimus polyglottos</em>.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Our Serpent Tongue</strong></span></p> <p align="center"> </p> <div> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Your Pedro Infantecide stops here.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">There shall be no mending of the fence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">You set this bridge called my back</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">yard ablaze with partition, division</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">labelization, fronterization</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">y otras pendejadas de</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">alienization</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Yo soy Tejan@</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Mexico-American@</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Chican@ Chingad@</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Pagan@-Christian@</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Pelad@ Fregad@</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">I flick the slit</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">at the tip of my tongue</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">con orgullo</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">knowing</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">que when a fork drops, es que ¡Ahí viene visita!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">a woman is coming</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">a woman with cunning</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">a woman sin hombre with a forked tongue is running</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">her mouth—¡hocicona! ¡fregona!—</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">a serpent-tongued ¡chingona! with linguistic cunning</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">a cunning linguist</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">turning her broken token of your colonization</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">into healing</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">y pa’ decir la verdad</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">You are not my equal</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">You cannot speak like me</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">You will not speak for me</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">My dreams are not your dreams</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">My voice is not your voice</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">You yell, “Oh, dear Lord!”</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">in your dreams.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">I scream “A la Chingada!”</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">in my nightmares</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Your Pedro Infantecide stops here.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">There shall be no mending of the fence.</span></p> </div> <p align="center"> </p> <div> </div>
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Episode 34: Heidi Luerra
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Check out one of the young mover and shaker of the art world: Heidi Luerra.  She is an art entrepreneur who made it her business to showcase a wide range of artists all across the globe with RAW:natural born artists, the world’s largest independent arts organization. She recently launched her new book to continue on with that vein, helping artists & creatives with the business side of art-making entitled "The Work of Art, A No Nonsense Field Guide for Creative Entrepreneurs".</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><a href="http://rawartists.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img style= "border-width: 1px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Raw_Snippet_-_Luerra.png" alt="" width="450" height="235" /></a></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://rawartists.com">http://rawartists.com</a></span></p> <p> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VTM5CHT/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img style= "display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/TheWorkOfArt-Book_Cover-Luerra.png" alt="The Work of Art book cover" width="260" height= "438" /></a></p> <p> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Order Heidi's book here: <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VTM5CHT/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"The Work of Art"</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Website: <a href= "http://heidiluerra.com">http://heidiluerra.com</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio: <strong>Heidi Luerra</strong> is the Founder & CEO of <em><strong>RAW:natural born artists</strong></em>, the world’s largest independent arts organization. For almost 20 years, Heidi has worked with creatives and artists of all types. Originally a Northern California native, Heidi moved to Los Angeles at age eighteen to fulfill her dream of being a fashion designer, in turn, earning her business stripes the hard way as an independent creative entrepreneur. Over the past decade, Heidi has grown RAW to a worldwide operation in over 80 cities with almost 200k artists in the RAW community. She currently oversees a team of sixty from RAW headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. On September 17, 2019 Heidi launched her first book, "<em><strong>The Work of Art, A No Nonsense Field Guide for Creative Entrepreneurs (written by a creative entrepreneur who has endured her share of nonsense)."</strong></em></span></p> <p> </p>
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Episode 33: Margo Taft Stever
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Margo Taft Stever is a prolific poet who has worked with many great poets through the years and through her work founding the Hudson Valley Writers Center and Slapering Hol Press.  Listen to us discuss her two books of poetry that was released this year, her work process and philosophies!</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Cracked_Piano_Book_Cover.png" alt="Cracked Piano Book Cover by Margo Taft Stevens" width="450" height="410" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">You can purchase a copy here:  <a href= "https://cavankerrypress.org/product/cracked-piano/" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">CavanKerry Press</a></span></p> <p> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Ghost_Moose_Book_Cover.png" alt="Ghost Moose Book Cover by Margo Taft Stevens" width="450" height="690" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">You can order your copy here: <a href= "https://kattywompuspress.com/shop/books-and-chapbooks/ghost-moose-by-margo-taft-stever/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kattywompus Press</a>.  </span></p> <p> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><strong>END OF HORSES</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"> </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I write to you from the end</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">of the time zone. You must realize</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">that nothing survived after</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"> </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">the horses were slaughtered.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We sleep below the hollow</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;">burned-out stars.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"> </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We look into dust bowls</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;">searching for horses.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">When you walk in the country,</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"> </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">you will be shocked to meet</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;">substantial masses on the road.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We do not know whom to blame</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"> </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">or where the horses were driven,</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">who slaughtered them, or for what</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;">purpose. Had the horses slept</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"> </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">under the linden trees? The generals</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">and engineers pucker</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">and snore on the veranda.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"> </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 10pt;"><em>First published in chapbook, Ghost Moose, Margo Taft Stever, Kattywompus Press, 2019. Forthcoming in Canary: A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis.</em></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Bio:</strong> In 2019, CavanKerry Press published Margo Taft Stever’s book, Cracked Piano, and Kattywompus Press published her chapbook, Ghost Moose. Her four other poetry collections are The Lunatic Ball, 2015; The Hudson Line, 2012; Frozen Spring, 2002; and Reading the Night Sky, 1996. Her poems have appeared widely in journals such as Verse Daily, upstreet; Plume, Blackbird; Salamander; Poem-A-Day, The Academy of American Poets; Cincinnati Review; Salamander; Prairie Schooner; New England Review; Poet Lore; West Branch; Seattle Review; and in numerous anthologies. She co-authored Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia (Zhejiang University Press, 2012 and Orange Frazier Press, 2015) and created a traveling exhibition of “Looking East photographs. She is the founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and the founding editor of Slapering Hol Press.</span></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Website: <a href= "https://margotaftstever.com/">https://margotaftstever.com</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><a href= "https://youtu.be/ctcfZMzavAc" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Hudson_Valley_Writers_Center_Video.png" alt="Photo of the Hudson Valley Writers Center YouTube Video" width="450" height="253" /></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
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Episode 32: Luisa Kay Reyes
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Listen to me and Luisa Kay Reyes discuss how she got into writing, her many other talents such as singing operatic and classical music, playing the piano, and the many languages she speaks.  We also talk about the lost art of letter writing.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Changing Dollars</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">by Luisa Kay Reyes</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">published in <a href= "https://www.littlerosemagazine.com/home/changing-dollars" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Little Rose Magazine</a>, March, 2019</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">As we walked into the empty breezeway of this Spanish Colonial style building that was set off of the main plaza of a rural village in Michoacan, Mexico, the sole gentleman standing there pulled out a very dusty and rickety small wooden table from the back corner along with an equally flimsy small chair and set it out in the middle of the foyer for my father.  Who promptly set his dark colored cloth bag full of Mexican currency on the top of the table. And as soon as I turned around, what had merely a second before been an empty outside corridor styled with the traditional Spanish archways, was now filled with a long line of working men who were eager to change their U.S. Dollars into Mexican pesos.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">It was a most exposed way of changing money.  Causing my mother to not unjustly worry about the safety of my brother and me as we were visiting our father during the summer and accompanying him while he conducted his in person money exchanges.  With it being the early 1990s and the use of Western Union, Mejico Express, and other means of electronically transferring money internationally not yet in vogue along with the reticence of the mainstream banks to change dollars in a land where counterfeit movies, music, knock-off purses, and fake sterling silver jewelry could be easily purchased at any weekly street market; there was a great demand for those willing to undergo the inherent dangers and risks of such an enterprise.  And my father happened to be one of them.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">With our proud to be an American side of the family comprising of teachers and professors who were highly educated but receiving at best average compensation, the mass quantities of U.S. Dollars being changed into pesos that day were a first for my brother and me.  For we had never beheld so many bills even during our periodic long drawn out Monopoly games. Yet, as the line continued increasing with the men continually bringing their dollars to change, it soon became evident that while the U.S. Dollars flowing through that day would never run out, the Mexican pesos that our father had brought with him for the exchanges - might.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Once the glamour of seeing so many dollars in one place wore off and the day evidenced that it would be a sizeable one, my brother and I ventured out of the breezeway into the village’s central plaza and looked around for what treats we could find to eat.  We were deep in the heart of Mexico in the region that had once housed the mighty Purepecha empire, but with Michoacan being a primarily agricultural state, the current necessities of making a living had commanded many to go up to “el Norte” and figure out how to send their dollars back home.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">While every year hundreds of millions and perhaps billions of monarch butterflies migrate up to three-thousand miles from Canada and North America to their winter homes in the oyamel fir trees of Michoacan, over time it became apparent that they weren’t the only entity undergoing such a lengthy journey.  For the next time my brother and I went to visit our father in Michoacan, his money exchange business was now a brick and mortar one with several branches operated by his siblings throughout the area.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">“Why doesn’t Mexico just use the dollar as their currency once and for all?”  I asked my father. For it certainly seemed like a much simpler option than this continual hassle of changing money back and forth from dollars to pesos and vice versa.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">“Well, that’s what I’ve always said” was his reply.  “But it is better for me that they don’t.”</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Then late one night we went to meet with some city officials who were wanting to buy some dollars for the city treasury.  For with the ever present concern of the Mexican peso undergoing further devastating devaluations, even the city was deeming it expedient to have some dollars on hand. And my father’s business was in a position to sell them some dollars at a better price than the banks could offer.    </span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Now that the money exchanging business was more official with its office in the center of the historic colonial era downtown, lots of money orders, cashier’s checks, and IRS refund checks were coming through the teller windows, as well. Often times they weren’t filled out properly and we would have to draw arrows back and forth between the “pay to” and the purchaser fields. There were also some very wrinkled diminutive peasant women covered in their native shawls among the clientele now who were coming through with thousands of dollars worth of money orders, the result of five or more sons sending their earnings back home. The locals informed us that Michoacan had reached the point to where there were more people from Michoacan living in the U.S. than in Michoacan, itself.  And the rural villages that we used to go to with our father, were now devoid of men. Since all of the able-bodied males from the ages of twelve to fifty were in the United States working. We actually missed getting to explore some of the outlying villages like we’d done before, although, sometimes my brother was able to accompany the security guards to some of the more remote branches.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Why the banks were so hesitant to enter into the money exchange business was a bit mystifying for my brother and me.  Since after seeing so many dollar bills come through, it was quite easy to spot the counterfeit ones. There was just something a little bit off about the swamp green ink color or the thickness of the paper not feeling quite the same.  Yet, one time, my brother took back a counterfeit bill to the States. And after eating at a restaurant, he decided to see if he could get away with using it. Sure enough, the friendly server accepted the bill without question. And fearing that she might receive a reprimand if her boss were apprised of the fact that she had just accepted a counterfeit, I insisted we tell her to bring it back and let us pay with the real money.  </span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">She didn’t want to do so.  She just couldn’t see how the bill was a counterfeit since she swore it looked identical to the real thing.  But, after a while, we convinced her to let us pay with the real money and still a bit puzzled by it all she reluctantly accepted to make the exchange.  Admitting to us that she simply couldn’t tell the difference between it and the real money.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Having more employees in the money exchange business meant there was less for us to do during our summer visits.  So my brother and I got to indulge in a lifestyle barred from us in the USA, that of spending the day in the country clubs and fine dining in the evenings.  Yet one time I decided I wanted to save some of my money to buy a new cd player. A notion for which I was quickly called to task, since my father felt the money he gave us to spend during our visits was for us to have a good time.  So, while I still managed to save back some and make my purchase when we went back to the States, I did learn to spend the money freely. A lesson I learned perhaps too well.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Then one day while I was in college and driving to my local bank in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to deposit my refund check from the U.S. Treasury, I held it up and stared at it in disbelief.  I knew that getting a refund back was far better than owing money and going on an installment plan to make monthly payments to the IRS. But I couldn’t help but stare at its pale yellow background emblazoned with the statue of liberty on it.  Since I was all too familiar with these checks. They were the ones I’d seen the peasants cash back in my father’s business in Mexico. And somehow it had never occurred to me that I would one day receive one of those, as well. But upon glancing at the amount, it occurred to me that I had a lot more work to do before I could match their sums.  And now I understood first-hand where they came from.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://www.facebook.com/LuisaKayReyesWriter/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.facebook.com/LuisaKayReyesWriter/  </a></span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://www.amazon.com/author/luisakayreyeswriter/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.amazon.com/author/luisakayreyeswriter/</a></span></p>
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Episode 31: Kay Fabella
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Kay Fabella is a Filipina-American Creative living in Spain.  Listen to her inspiring story about her struggles with depression and how she carved out her space and made her name living her dream abroad, as well as publish her book: "Rewrite Your Story", showing others how to find their voice as they find their way through adversities.  </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://www.yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://www.yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Kays_Book_Cover.jpg" alt="Kay's book cover" width="450" height="719" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><a href= "https://kayfabella.com/rewrite-your-story-book/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Click this link to order Kay's book!</span></a></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio:</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Just when Kay Fabella was beginning to feel that she’d found her path to success―graduating from college in 3 years, a paying job in the midst of a recession, and a bright future ahead―she was diagnosed with clinical depression.</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">A lifelong overachiever who started reading at age 2, graduated high school at 16, and college at 19, burnout forced Kay to re-evaluate her own definition of success. She decamped for the support of family in Los Angeles, and began a journey of healing to stay away from meds and hospitals.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Along the way, Kay discovered how to create a life that was aligned with who she was―eventually leading her to create her dream life and business in Spain. The practices that Kay cultivated over the past 10 years to thrive post-burnout and manage her mental health eventually inspired her to write this book.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><em>Rewrite Your Story</em> chronicles how Kay recovered from burnout, and walks you through the practices she herself cultivated to begin to ask what success looked like on her terms… and invites you to do the same for your life.</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Today, Kay operates her business as The Story Finder as a Filipina-American expat in Spain. Stories = diversity = inclusion = social change, and it’s Kay’s mission to give underrepresented entrepreneurs a platform to grow their audience by leveraging the power of their stories. She’s been featured in Fast Company, Thrive Global, Huffington Post and Spanish-language newspaper, El País.</span></p>
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Episode 30: Jose Padua and Heather Davis
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Heather Davis and Jose Padua are powerhouse poets and writers that have worked and encouraged each other's work throughout the years.  Listen to us discuss their journey, their writing process and their challenges and their joys as poets who are married together with children.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/JosePadua_PhotobyMaggiePadua_July2018.jpg" alt="Profile pic of Jose Padua" width="450" height="600" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio: </span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Jose Padua’s</strong> first full-length book, <em>A Short History of Monsters</em>, was chosen by former poet laureate Billy Collins as the winner of the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize and is now out from the University of Arkansas Press. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in publications such as<strong> </strong><em>Bomb</em>, <em>Salon.com</em>, <em>Beloit Poetry Journal</em>, <em>Exquisite Corpse</em>, Another Chicago Magazine, <em>Unbearables, Crimes of the Beats, Up is Up, but So Is Down: New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992</em>, and others. He has written features and reviews for <em>Salon</em>, <em>The Weeklings</em>, <em>NYPress, Washington City Paper</em>, the <em>Brooklyn Rail</em>, and the <em>New York Times</em>, and has read his work at Lollapalooza, CBGBs, the Knitting Factory, the Public Theater, the Living Theater, the Nuyorican Poets' Café, the St. Mark's Poetry Project, and many other venues. He was a featured reader at the 2012 Split This Rock poetry festival and won the New Guard Review’s 2014 Knightville Poetry Prize.</span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">After spending the past ten years with his wife (the poet Heather L. Davis) and children in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he and his family are back in his hometown, Washington, D.C. Padua also writes the blog Shenandoah Breakdown,  (<a href= "http://shenandoahbreakdown.wordpress.com/">http://shenandoahbreakdown.wordpress.com/</a>).</span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Samples:</span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">These So Long Days We Spend in the Middle of Things--<em>Shenandoah Breakdown</em></span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://shenandoahbreakdown.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/these-so-long-days-we-spend-in-the-middle-of-things/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://shenandoahbreakdown.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/these-so-long-days-we-spend-in-the-middle-of-things/</a></span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">A Short History of Everyone in the World – <em>Verse Daily</em></span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://www.versedaily.org/2019/ashorthistoryofeveryone.shtml" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.versedaily.org/2019/ashorthistoryofeveryone.shtml</a></span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Gin and the River – <em>Pea River Journal</em></span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://peariverjournal.com/2013/11/29/pushcart-nominee-jose-padua-gin-and-the-river/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://peariverjournal.com/2013/11/29/pushcart-nominee-jose-padua-gin-and-the-river/</a></span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Two poems - <em>Bomb</em></span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://bombmagazine.org/articles/two-poems-padua/" target= "_blank" rel= "noopener">https://bombmagazine.org/articles/two-poems-padua/</a></span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">My Confederate Town</span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://www.salon.com/2013/10/27/why_do_confederate_flags_remind_me_of_home_partner/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.salon.com/2013/10/27/why_do_confederate_flags_remind_me_of_home_partner/</a></span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">A Life of Uncontrollable Urges (or Tourette’s and the Writing Life)</span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://voxpopulisphere.com/2014/08/21/jose-padua-a-life-of-uncontrollable-urges-or-tourettes-and-the-writing-life/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://voxpopulisphere.com/2014/08/21/jose-padua-a-life-of-uncontrollable-urges-or-tourettes-and-the-writing-life/</a></span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Heather_Davis-Black_and_White.png" alt="Profile pic of Heather Davis" width="450" height="463" /></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio:</span></p> <p class="m_-7262619291490761024gmail-MsoNoSpacing" style= "padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Heather Lynne Davis</strong> earned a B.A. in English from Hollins University and an M.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University. She attended the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and is a winner of the Hayden Carruth Poetry Prize at Syracuse University, a Larry Neal Writer’s Award, Bethesda Literary Festival essay and poetry prizes, and the Arlington County Moving Words Poetry Contest. She is the author of <em>The Lost Tribe of Us</em>, which won the 2007 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award and has published two short stories in the Rehoboth Beach Reads anthology series. A short story is also forthcoming in the anthology <em>Us Against Alzheimer’s: Stories of Family, Love, and Faith</em>. Her poems have appeared in <em>Cream City Review, Gargoyle, Poet Lore, Puerto del Sol</em>, and <em>Sonora Review</em>, among others. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, the poet <a href= "http://paduakings.blogspot.com/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">José Padua</a>, and their son and daughter. She is at work on a novel.    </span></p> <p class="m_-7262619291490761024gmail-MsoNoSpacing" style= "padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">A few poems and links to poems are here: <a href= "https://heatherlynnedavis.com/poetry/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://<wbr />heatherlynnedavis.com/poetry/</a></span></p> <p style="font-weight: 400; padding-left: 30px;"> </p>
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Episode 29: Lynn McGee
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Lynn McGee is a poet with many fine publications and accolades.  Listen to us discuss our childhood experiences growing up as military brats, her reading some of her fabulous poems and find out where and how she gets her ideas for her poetry collections. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 150px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://lynnmcgee.com">http://lynnmcgee.com</a></span><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> <img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Lynn_McGees_Tracks_Book_Cover.png" width="384" height="427" /></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Order her book:</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> <a href= "http://broadstonebooks.com/Lynn_McGee.html">http://broadstonebooks.com/Lynn_McGee.html</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio: </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Lynn McGee</strong> is the author of the poetry collection, "Tracks"<span class= "color_25">(</span>Broadstone Books, 2019);  <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Sober-Cooking-Lynn-McGee/dp/1941550517" target="_blank" rel="noopener undefined" data-content= "https://www.amazon.com/Sober-Cooking-Lynn-McGee/dp/1941550517" data-type="external">Sober Cooking</a> (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2016), and two award-winning poetry chapbooks: <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Heirloom-Bulldog-Lynn-McGee/dp/1892471809/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1469816095&sr=1-1&keywords=heirloom+bulldog" target="_blank" rel="noopener undefined" data-content= "https://www.amazon.com/Heirloom-Bulldog-Lynn-McGee/dp/1892471809/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1469816095&sr=1-1&keywords=heirloom+bulldog" data-type="external">Heirloom Bulldog</a> (Bright Hill Press, 2015) and <a href= "http://www.writerscenter.org/event/e1b025d3161e4435610af720488c5241" target="_blank" rel="noopener undefined" data-content= "http://www.writerscenter.org/event/e1b025d3161e4435610af720488c5241" data-type="external">Bonanza</a> (Slapering Hol Press, 1997).</span></p> <p class="font_7" style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Lynn earned an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University, where she held teaching and merit fellowships. She was awarded a MacDowell fellowship, is a winner of the Judith's Room Emerging Writers Award, and taught writing at private and public colleges (George Washington University, Columbia University, Southern Methodist University, Brooklyn College/CUNY and others) as well as having led poetry workshops in public schools in New York City as an artist-in-residence with Teachers and Writers Collaborative.</span></p> <p class="font_7" style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">A 2015 Nominee for the Best of the Net award, Lynn was also a nominee for the McGovern Prize and the Pushcart Prize, and was a semi-finalist for the Dana Award. She is a recipient of the NYC Literacy Center's Recognition Award for her work in adult literacy, and received the Heart of the Center Award from the LGBT Community Center in New York City. Today she is a communications manager at Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York. She lives in the Bronx, New York.</span></p>
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Episode 28: Tyler Gillespie
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Listen to Tyler Gillespie and I discuss his beginnings being born and raised in Tampa Bay, Forida, his future plans, and listen to him read some of his excellent poems from his <a href= "https://www.redflagpoetry.com/store/p19/Florida_Man%3A_Poems_by_Tyler_Gillespie.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Florida Man: Poems</a> and up and coming collections!  </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://tylermtg.com/">https://tylermtg.com/</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><img style= "display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Florida_Man_Poems_Book_Cover_by_Tyler_Gillespie.png" alt="Florida Man: Poems book cover" width="450" height= "692" /></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Order your copy here! </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://www.redflagpoetry.com/store/p19/Florida_Man%3A_Poems_by_Tyler_Gillespie.html"> https://www.redflagpoetry.com/store/p19/Florida_Man%3A_Poems_by_Tyler_Gillespie.html</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio:</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Tyler Gillespie</strong> is a poet and award-winning journalist published in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Vice, The Daily Beast, Salon, GQ, The Nation, and Playboy. </span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">He is the author of <em>Florida Man: Poems </em>and the forthcoming nonfiction collection <em>Florida Men & Monsters: My Search for Pythons, Pioneers and the Truth about Paradise </em>(University Press of Florida). He also wrote a chapbook <em>Dirty Socks and Pine Needles</em>(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012) and co-edited the humor collection <em>The Awkward Phase: The Uplifting Tales of Those Weird Kids You Went to School With</em>. </span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">His creative work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and appears in publications such as <em>The New Yorker, Brevity,</em> <em>Los Angeles Review</em>, and the anthology<em> LGBT Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny</em>.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans and an MA in Journalism & Media Studies from the University of South Florida. </span></p>
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Episode 27: Briana Muñoz
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Listen to Briana discuss how she got into poetry, her new collection & future projects & plans!</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</span></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Loose_Lips_front_cover.png" alt="Loose Lips by Briana Munoz front cover" width="450" height= "584" />You can by her book here: </span></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Loose-Lips-Briana-Mu%C3%B1oz/dp/1889568066"> https://www.amazon.com/Loose-Lips-Briana-Mu%C3%B1oz/dp/1889568066</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Interview on San Diego Voyager: </span></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://sdvoyager.com/interview/meet-briana-munoz-briana-munoz-north-county"> http://sdvoyager.com/interview/meet-briana-munoz-briana-munoz-north-county</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434s8" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434bumpedFont15">Instagram: @womanofwords</span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434s8" style="font-size: 14pt;"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434bumpedFont15">BIO:</span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434s8"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434bumpedFont15"><strong>Briana Muñoz</strong> is a writer from San Diego, CA</span></span><span class= "m_4793629517945398434s8"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434bumpedFont15">. now living in Los Angeles, CA.</span></span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434s8"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434bumpedFont15">Her poetry and short stories have been published in four editions of the Bravura Literary Journal. In the 2016 publication of the Bravura, she was awarded the second-place fiction prize. She has been published in LA BLOGA, an online publication, the Poets Responding page and in the Oakland Arts Review. Her poem “Rebirth” was featured in the Reproductive Health edition of the St. </span></span><span class= "m_4793629517945398434s8"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434bumpedFont15">Sucia</span></span><span class= "m_4793629517945398434s8"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434bumpedFont15"> zine, a publication dedicated to “Exposing What It Is </span></span><span class= "m_4793629517945398434s8"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434bumpedFont15">To</span></span><span class= "m_4793629517945398434s8"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434bumpedFont15"> Be A </span></span><span class= "m_4793629517945398434s8"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434bumpedFont15">Mujer</span></span><span class= "m_4793629517945398434s8"><span class= "m_4793629517945398434bumpedFont15">”. Briana’s work was one of ten chosen for “The Best of LA BLOGA” from 2015. One of her prouder writing accomplishments is being able to have been part of the 2017 U.S. delegation attending the international poetry festival of Havana. In March of 2018, she presented her poetry at the 21st international Spanish literature and studies conference in Quito, Ecuador. Briana is excited to continue sharing her poetry in print and spoken form. When she isn't typing away, she enjoys traveling, live music, cats, and thrift stores.</span></span></span></p>
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Episode 26: Rae Luskin
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Rae Luskin is an award winning creative activist, author and artist.  Listen to her give tips on how to gain a new or different perspective through visual and creative exercises as well as writing prompts.  This is a lively episode jam-packed with great ideas for art lovers, novices and seasoned professionals.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://thewinningadventure.com">http://thewinningadventure.com</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Rae_Luskin_website.png" alt="screenshot of rae luskin's website" width="450" height= "480" /></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio: </span><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Rae Luskin</strong> is an award winning artist, author, activist and the creative mindfulness mentor dedicated to raising awareness of creativity as a positive catalyst for health and well-being. She specializes in interactive presentations, providing creative tools and strategies to foster self-worth, resilience, healing, and out of the box thinking. For twenty years she has helped individuals and teams discover their passion, purpose and authentic power to become confident and effective change leaders and creative problem solvers. Rae, a community activist passionately focuses her lens on improving the lives of women and children whether designing art work for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s “ask” gun safety campaign or sharing her personal story of healing from childhood sexual abuse.  Rae believes when we share our stories of resilience, people know they are not alone and it creates a positive ripple of hope. In 2016 she received woman of Distinction award and was nominated for Beauty In Beauty Out award. She is the author of <em>Art From My Heart</em> a self-discovery journal<em>, Stuck to unstoppable</em> journal and the <em>Creative Edge</em>: 30 days of creativity prompts  and the Benjamin Franklin award winning inspirational book,<em> <span class= "m_6804315604477204475MsoHyperlink"><a href= "http://thecreativeactivist.com/book/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">The Creative Activist: Make the World Better, One Person, One Action at a Time.</a> </span></em> She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Roosevelt University and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a title= "Rae Luskin - Speaker Showcase: Scribble Your Way to Health, Happiness and Success" href="https://youtu.be/BLGDYoqTp0s" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Rae_Luskin_YouTube_Screen_Shot.png" alt="rae lusking YouTube video image" width="450" height= "293" /></a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a class= "ytp-share-panel-link ytp-no-contextmenu" href= "https://youtu.be/BLGDYoqTp0s" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://youtu.be/BLGDYoqTp0s</a></span></p>
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Episode 25: Emily Vieweg
<div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Listen to Emily Vieweg discuss her journey to writing poetry with all the complexities and challenges being a single mother of two, and juggling a full-time job and creative writing classes, and surviving bad advice from well-meaning professors.</span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"> </div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></div> <p> </p> <div style="text-align: center; padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Emilys_Book_Cover.png" alt="Emily's book cover" width="416" height="580" /><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Conversations-Beethoven-Bach-Emily-Vieweg/dp/1545484465" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Conversations with Beethoven and Bach by Emily Vieweg</a></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"> </div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><em>Emily Vieweg, in her chapbook collection Conversations with Beethoven and Bach, evokes an image of the poet who, deeply entrenched in the complexities of 21st century life as a mother, reaches across time to link with wit and grace her experiences with classical musicality. In her vignettes, so much turns on a single word such as “frolic” that evokes love and fear and changes in both society and environment.  ~ Clifford Peterson, 2017 ~ Taleamor Park Residency Director</em></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"> </div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">BIO:</span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Emily Vieweg</strong> is a poet and writer originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her MFA in poetry in 2015 and has published two short chapbooks of poetry. Emily's poetic success includes publications appearing in Indolent Books What Rough Beast, Santa Fe Writers Project, as well as winning Best Performance Work in the 2nd Annual Human Rights Arts Festival for her poem, "Vision." Emily lives in Fargo, ND, where she is a single working mother of two, volunteer car wrangler, human rights advocate, and office assistant. </span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"> </div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Web: <a href="http://emilyvieweg.com" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">http://emilyvieweg.com</a></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Fb: <a id="CmCaReT" href= "http://facebook.com/EmilyViewegWriter" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer" name="CmCaReT"></a><a href= "http://facebook.com/EmilyViewegWriter" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">facebook.com/EmilyViewegWriter</a></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Tw: <a href= "http://twitter.com/EmilyJVieweg" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">twitter.com/EmilyJVieweg</a></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Etsy: <a href= "http://etsy.com/shop/EmilyVPoeticsEtc" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">etsy.com/shop/EmilyVPoeticsEtc</a></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"> </div>
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Episode 24: Edward Vidaurre
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Edward Vidaurre is the barrio poet from East LA & Poet Laureate of McAllen, TX.  He has amassed several collections of poetry and has been a pivotal voice in the LatinX literary community where he runs Flowersong Books and continues to write and publish.  Listen to us discuss his process, his influences, his experiment with jazz and heavy metal music, and him reading a couple of his inspiring poems.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; border-style: groove;" src="https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/JAZzHOUSE.png" alt="Edward Viduarre's Jazzhouse book cover" width="750" height= "1059" /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><em>JazzHouse ~ compelling love songs to the intensity of everyday life; from the magic in the routine to the marvels and miraculousness of living. Edward Vidaurre takes us with him on his life trip, from East LA to the Rio Grande Valley and the all the far reaching roots that accompany him in the form of ancestors, spirits, family, and other familiars.</em></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;"><em>JAZzHOUSE is a base camp, and a life. We are invited in to share some food, some cafecito, or a glass of wine - to sit awhile and be grateful for every minute we are alive.</em></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">BIO:</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Edward Vidaurre</strong>, the 2018-2019 McAllen,Texas Poet Laureate and author of six collections of poetry: I Took My Barrio on A Road Trip (Slough Press 2013), Insomnia (El Zarape Press 2014), Beautiful Scars: Elegiac Beat Poems (El Zarape Press 2015),Chicano Blood Transfusion (FlowerSong Press 2016), and Ramona & Rumi: Love in </span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">the Time of Oligarchy & Unedited Necessary Poems (Hercules Publishing 2018),JAZzHOUSE (Prickly Pear Press, 2019) and forthcoming from King Shot Press, WhenA City Ends. Vidaurre has been published in several literary journals and anthologies.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Vidaurre was the Director of Operations in 2018 for the Valley International PoetryFestival, moderator for Poets Responding, and founder of Pasta, Poetry & Vino - a reading series in the Rio Grande Valley. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and resides in McAllen. He writes from the front lines of the Mexican-American </span><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">borderlands of El Valle in south Tejas. Born and raised in Boyle Heights, California.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Poet Laureate: City of McAllen 2018-2019<br /> Publisher: FlowerSong Books<br /> Founder of Pasta, Poetry & Vino</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://edwardvidaurre.blogspot.com/">http://edwardvidaurre.blogspot.com/</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">vidaurre.poet@gmail.com </span></p>
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Episode 23: Michelle Peñaloza
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">We are definitely having fun here at http://YourArtsyGirlPodcast.com! Michelle Peñaloza has a new full-length poetry collection, "Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire" & we were all abuzz about it! We also discuss the necessary "hustle" of promoting our poetry because the struggle is real, ya'll. That's why tapping into "community" & getting on this podcast show is such a symbiosis of sorts.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/penalozabookjacket.png" alt="penaloza's book cover" width="500" height="534" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://michellepenaloza.com">http://michellepenaloza.com</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Michelle Peñaloza is author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, which won the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize and will be published in August 2019 by Inlandia Institute. She is also the author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015). Her work can be found in places like Prairie Schooner, upstreet, Pleiades, The Normal School and Third Coast. She is the recipient of fellowships from the University of Oregon, Kundiman and Hugo House as well as the 2019 Scotti Merrill Emerging Writer Award for Poetry from The Key West Literary Seminar. Michelle has also received scholarships from Lemon Tree House, Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, VONA/Voices, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. The proud daughter of Filipino immigrants, Michelle was born in the suburbs of Detroit, MI and raised in Nashville, TN. She now lives, farms, and writes in rural Northern California.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Michelle made a "mixtape" for her poetry collection. Check it out!</span></p> <p> </p> <p><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/penalozmixtape.png" alt="penaloza's mixtape on spotify image" width="500" height= "443" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3uAR57qg44gKhnG3uDQTtG?si=Y5vAGHaNTxGbLswX4wPBeg"> https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3uAR57qg44gKhnG3uDQTtG?si=Y5vAGHaNTxGbLswX4wPBeg</a></span></p>
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Episode 22: Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor is a storyteller, writer and poet residing in Washington state. We talk about her new collection of poetry "Dancing Between Bamboo Poles", her rich family history, about being "silenced" and Filipino stereotypes, to name a few.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/dancingbtwbamboopoles_roughshot-2.jpg" alt="" width="439" height="549" /><a href= "http://rebeccamabanglomayor.com" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://rebeccamabanglomayor.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Rebecca's email: <a href= "mailto:rmm.wordbinder@gmail.com">rmm.wordbinder@gmail.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor’s</strong> non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction have appeared in print and online in several journals and anthologies including Katipunan Literary Magazine, Growing Up </span><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults, Kuwento: Small Things, and Beyond Lumpia, Pansit, and Seven Manangs Wild: An Anthology. Her poetry chapbook Pause Mid-Flight was released in </span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">2010. She is also the co-editor of True Stories: The Narrative Project Vol. 1, and her poetry and essays have been collected in Dancing Between Bamboo Poles. She has been performing as a </span><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">storyteller since 2006 and specializes in stories based on Filipino folktales and Filipino-American history.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Rebecca, as Rebecca A. Saxton, received her MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012, her BA in Humanities from Washington State University in 1998, and her</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">MA degree in English with honors from Western Washington University in 2003.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Artist’s Statement:</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">As a Filipino American writer and performance storyteller, my art is based on the impact of heritage on shaping and informing personal experience and the importance of self-expression as a method of healing. I view my writing and performing as subversive acts against invisibility and silence in a society where women of color are often viewed through an objectifying, exoticizing lens. Raised in a family focused on assimilation, I grew up sheltered from the Vietnam War and the Marcos dictatorship by a shield of language. Becoming a socially aware cultural activist has been a process of understanding the impact of the American Dream trope on my family and upbringing. As a result, I have connected with diverse ethnic groups who also value art as a method of self-expression and an act of compassion. A desire for wholeness drives my art which </span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">seeks to weave past and present, folktale with fact, subjectivity with objectivity into works which entertain and enliven others.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p>
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Episode 21: Monica Macansantos
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">This episode takes us to Baguio, Philippines, where I talk to fiction writer and poet, Monica Macansantos.  We talk about her writing process, her travels, her education, influences, and publishing process as we catch her at the brink of getting her novel published. Please keep an eye out on this fabulous Filipina writer!  </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><img style="border-width: 10px; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/monica_in_tayo.png" alt="Monica in Tayo Magazine" width="550" height= "281" /></span></p> <p> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> <a href= "http://www.tayoliterarymag.com/monica-macansantos" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.tayoliterarymag.com/monica-macansantos</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 60px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Monica Macansantos</strong> was a James A. Michener Fellow in Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA in Fiction and Poetry. She also holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington, International Institute of Modern Letters. Her fiction has appeared in <em><a href="http://failbetter.com/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">f</a></em><em><a href= "http://www.failbetter.com/content/leaving-auckland-part-one" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">ailbetter.com</a>, </em><em><a href= "https://muse.jhu.edu/article/690841" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Women's Studies Quarterly</a>, </em><em><a href= "https://mastersreview.com/anthology/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">The Masters Review Anthology</a></em>,<a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Dolls-Short-Kindle-Single-ebook/dp/B01AI1UUKK" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> <em>Day One</em></a>, and <em><a href= "http://www.tayoliterarymag.com/monica-macansantos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TAYO Literary Magazine</a>, </em>among other places, while her nonfiction and journalism have appeared in <em><a href="http://aotearotica.co.nz/volume-one/" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Aotearotica</a></em>, <em><a href= "http://www.takahe.org.nz/monica-macansantos/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Takahe</a></em>, <em><a href= "https://newnaratif.com/journalism/30-minutes-and-a-world-apart/share/xuna/441d9b1d721e29971edc93bca39bf497/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Naratif</a></em>, <em>​<a href= "https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/person/monica-macansantos" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">SBS Life</a>, </em>and <em><a href= "https://www.vice.com/en_nz/article/7xnv3x/filipino-food-in-wellington-is-moving-from-its-enclaves-into-the-mainstream" target="_blank" rel="noopener">VICE</a></em>, among other places. Her essay,<a href= "http://www.tayoliterarymag.com/blog-2/2015/5/31/becoming-a-writer-the-silences-we-write-against-by-monica-macansantos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"Becoming A Writer: The Silences We Write Against"</a>, was named a Notable Essay in <em><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Best-American-Essays-2016/dp/0544812107" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Best American Essays 2016</a></em>. Her novella, <a href= "http://failbetter.com/content/leaving-auckland-part-one" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">"Leaving Auckland"</a> (serialized in three parts on <em>failbetter</em>​), was a Top 25 Finalist in the <a href= "http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/finalists/2016_07_08_july_aug_fo_25.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Summer 2016 <em>Glimmer Train </em>Fiction Open</a>, while her story, <a href="http://fivequarterly.org/monica-macansantos/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"Stopover"</a>, earned an Honorable Mention in the <a href= "http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/finalists/2013_12_dec_fopn_hm.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Winter 2013 <em>Glimmer Train </em>Fiction Open</a>. She has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook (2014) and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (2012 & 2019). She is currently Branches Nonfiction Editor of <em><a href= "https://www.rambutanliterary.com/masthead.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rambutan Literary</a> </em>​and is also working on her first novel. She is represented by <a href= "http://www.curtisbrown.com/agents/kerry-dagostino/" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Kerry D'Agostino</a> of <a href= "http://www.curtisbrown.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Curtis Brown, Ltd</a>. in New York City. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 60px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://www.monicamacansantos.com/publishedwork.html" target= "_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.monicamacansantos.com/publishedwork.html</a></span></p>
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Episode 20: Gregory Byrd
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Dr. Gregory Byrd is a poet, novelist and professor at Florida's St. Petersburg College.  We discuss his new poetry collection, his completion of his first novel, his growing up in Florida in a working class family, and how it shaped his aesthetics.  </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://www.yourartsygirl">http://www.yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Greg_Byrd_The_Name_for_the_God_Who_Speaks.png" alt="Greg Byrd's poetry collection book cover" width="750" height= "907" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Order your copy here: <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Name-God-Who-Speaks-Poems/dp/1680031864">https://www.amazon.com/Name-God-Who-Speaks-Poems/dp/1680031864</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>This is the Name for the God who Speaks</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Father, you would know these primal prayers,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">light flashing in the west behind live oaks,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">a sky-slashed language dead after Conquest.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">From that living world, we share only lightning,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">an old god speaking light out of darkness,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">a chant of rain as alphabet where water flowing</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">is a word.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">I found picture of us twenty-five years ago,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">after your divorce. We stood in front of the old</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Florida Keys house where I grew up.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">You poured concrete there</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">to appease those Calusa gods,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">then steered your small boat into their vast ocean</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">where you taught me words</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">that cannot be spoken for greenrayed depths,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">the language of whale sharks surfacing,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">fishblood across decks and on hands.</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Loneliness of the Gulf Stream moves,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">over the horizon lightning chants,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">dark, by the time you hear its name.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> </span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Gregory Byrd’s</strong> poems have appeared widely in journals such as the Tampa Review, Apalachee Review, Cortland Review, Milosao (Albania, in translation), Poeteka (Albania, in translation), and many others.  Among his poetry books are Salt and Iron (Snake Nation, 2014), At Penuel (Split Oak, 2011) and Florida Straits (Yellowjacket Press, 2005), which won the first Yellow Jacket Press Chapbook Contest for Florida Poets.  He has received a Creative Pinellas Rapid Returns Fellowship (2016), Fulbright Fellowship to Albania (2011), an SPC Distinguished Teaching Award (2015) and a Pushcart Prize Nomination (1988).  Greg has a B.A. from Eckerd College, M.A. in Creative Writing from Florida State University and Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Greg’s scholarly and artistic interests are influenced by the culture and landscape of Florida as well as by his studies in poetry.  Tampa poet Silvia Curbelo writes that Greg’s poems “embody the restless energy of the Florida landscape, a place of stories fathers tell over beers and heroes facing unordinary times.”  In his poems, you’re likely to come across references to Puccini, Beethoven, Faust, or Genesis in one line and then to images of Everglades muck, rusted shotguns or dead tarpon in the next.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">He has recently finished a novel about an American pilot flying for the British during World War I, <em>Where Shadow Meets Water</em>.  When not working on his writing, Greg fishes the flats near Clearwater, sails, rides his bicycle and works on his 1966 Ford pickup. He is founder and advisor of the Student Veterans Association at St. Petersburg College.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">C.V.: <a href= "https://gregorybyrd.wordpress.com/curriculum-vita-gregory-byrd/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://gregorybyrd.wordpress.<wbr />com/curriculum-vita-gregory-<wbr /><span class="il">byrd</span>/</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Website: <a href= "http://gregorybyrd.wordpress.com/poetry/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://gregorybyrd.wordpress.<wbr />com/poetry/</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Facebook:  <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/GregoryByrdPoetry" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.facebook.com/<wbr />GregoryByrdPoetry</a></span></p> <div class="yj6qo ajU" style="padding-left: 30px;"> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Grant blog for Creative Pinellas:  <a href= "http://www.rapidreturns.org/gregory-byrd" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.rapidreturns.org/<wbr />gregory-<span class= "il">byrd</span></a></span></div> </div> <p> </p>
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Episode 19: Casey Clague
<p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Casey Clague is my first featured poet who is local to me here in the Tampa Bay area.  They just completed their MFA in Creative Writing from University of South Florida. Listen to them read a couple of poems and learn more about their future goals and their interest in literary criticism and what they do for the local literary/art community in Tampa.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://casey">http://caseyclague.com</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Casey Clague</strong> holds an MFA from the University of South Florida. They live in Tampa where they cofounded the Read Herring reading series and serve as Assistant Poetry Editor for <em>Sweet: A Literary Confection. </em>Critical and creative work appears or is forthcoming in <em>Action, Spectacle</em>; <em>Permafrost</em>; <em>Gravel</em>;<wbr /> <em>New Writing</em>; and elsewhere. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>ANATTA</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Darling, according to physics,</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">with the air    pulled out</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">from around</span></p> <p><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">                        our atoms</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">and the atoms compressed,</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">we could fit in a sugar cube.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Humanity, I mean.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">The skin-bound        </span></p> <p><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">                             divisions of us.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Finally, the closeness</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">we sought</span></p> <p><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">                    when we pricked  </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">our fingers     to make blood</span></p> <p><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">                                     </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">brothers and sisters.           </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">What we came close to in sex</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">but even then           </span></p> <p><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">                           were separated</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">by a silk-thin veil of sweat.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Before entropy sends its tendrils</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">through          our blank spaces,</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">crushes down our bodies</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">in city buses and offices,</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">let’s draw out            the dead air.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Forget it like a hymn.</span></p> <p><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">                                     Don’t say:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><em>In that viewless room</em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><em>we would all just face</em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><em> </em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><em>the center. What would we do</em></span></p> <p><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><em>                        with ourselves?</em></span></p>
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Episode 18: Kai Coggin
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Kai Coggin is a Filipina American poet/writer with a newly released full-length poetry collection entitled "Incandescent" by Sibling Rivalry Press. Listen to us discuss how she came into poetry, the importance of her teachings, her amazing encounter and longstanding friendship with famed Chicana writer, Sandra Cisneros, and how she didn't know she submitted her first poetry submission to my literary & art online magazine, "The Manila Envelope", five years ago, among the many other "parallels" we have. She also reads a poem from "Incandescent" and explains the premise of it.  </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">You can order your copy here: </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://siblingrivalrypress.bigcartel.com/product/incandescent-by-kai-coggin" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://<wbr />siblingrivalrypress.bigcartel.<wbr />com/product/incandescent-by-<wbr /><span class="il">kai</span>-coggin</a> </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><img src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Incandescent_front_cover.png" alt="Incandescent book cover" width="450" height="640" /></p> <p> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Visit her website: </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "https://www.kaicoggin.com/">https://www.kaicoggin.com/</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Incandescent</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">everything in me is a volcano</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">everything in me is a blazing new sun</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">everything in me is a conflagration of words</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">everything in me is a color that makes up wildfire</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">everything in me is a phoenix wing ablaze</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">everything in me is a heart’s inferno</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">everything in me is a lucent moon</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">glowing</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">growing</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">giving off light</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">light</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">light</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">in whatever form</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">I can</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">incandescent</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">means</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">emitting light as a result of being heated</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">and isn’t everything heated</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">and isn’t everything shamefully ablaze</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">and isn’t everything burning before us</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">and isn’t the whole wide world turning to ash</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">can we still find the light in all that is being lost</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">can we still project a vision that leads humanity forward</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">can we still search out beauty in the rubble</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">can we still shine amidst the trouble</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">can we name ourselves luminous</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">and believe it</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">we must</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">we do</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">if you recognize this is how you move through life</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">you are incandescent, too</span></p>
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Episode 17: Huda Al-Marashi
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Huda Al-Marashi discusses her mesmerizing Muslim-American memoir published by Prometheus Books, "Then Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story" in this episode.  We talk about her influences, her challenges writing about her family and her life and a lot about the writing craft. More importantly, she talks about the accomplishment of being picked up by a large publishing house after years of submitting and revising.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/first_comes_marriage_book_cover.png" alt="First Comes Marriage book cover" width="320" height= "458" /></span><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://www.hudaalmarishi.com" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.hudaalmarishi.com</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Huda Al-Marashi</strong> is the Iraqi-American author of "First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story", a book the Washington Post called"a charming, funny, heartbreaking memoir of faith, family, and the journey to love. If Jane Austen had grown up as a first-gen daughter of Iraqi parents in the 1990s, she might have written this.”</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Excerpts from this memoir have also been anthologized in Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of Muslim American Women, Becoming: What Makes a Woman, and Beyond Belief: The Secret </span><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Lives of Women and Extreme Religion.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Her other writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the LA Times, al Jazeera, VIDA Review, Refinery 29, The Rumpus, The Offing and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Cuyahoga County Creative Workforce Fellowship and an Aspen Summer Words Emerging Writer Fellowship.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><br /> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Huda currently resides in California with her husband and three children. Visit her at <a href= "http://www.hudaalmarashi.com" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">www.hudaalmarashi.com</a>.</span></p>
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Episode 16: Alonso Véner
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Listen to Alonso Véner, a Costa Rican writer residing in Japan, speaks of how he started writing poetry and his new interest in writing short stories. His challenge as a Latin American writer living abroad writing in Spanish, is the lack of professional literary Spanish translators to help him translate his work for a wider public. If, after listening to the show, know of someone who may be able to assist him with that, please contact him at <a href= "mailto:info@alonsovener.com">info@alonsovener.com.</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/guardianfoto.jpg" alt="alonso vener's book cover of "El Guardian de los Cuervos"" width="397" height="652" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;">Alonso's short story collection!</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Alonso-V%C3%A9ner/e/B007WRM9SA?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1557405652&sr=1-2" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.amazon.com/Alonso-<wbr />V%25C3%25A9ner/e/B007WRM9SA?<wbr />ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=<wbr />1557405652&sr=1-2</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"> </p> <div style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">You can visit his blog at: </span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href="https://veneraciones.wordpress.com/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://veneraciones.<wbr />wordpress.com</a></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">His personal webpage: </span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href="http://www.alonsovener.com/" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">www.alonsovener.com</a> </span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">e-mail address: </span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href="mailto:info@alonsovener.com" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">info@alonsovener.com</a></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"> </div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">The following is a translation of one of his poems:</span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"> </div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><strong>BEYOND</strong></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"> </div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;">When my waits come to an end,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">and over the garden, there is nothing left,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">I think I see your hand drawing my smile in the mud,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">dragging away the petals of good-bye, of ashes,</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">like broken glass next to my window</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">are hanging chrysalis who teach me</span><br /> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">there are always flowers beyond the storm.</span></div> </div> <p style="padding-left: 60px; text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"> </p>
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Episode 15: Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr.
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr. is a Filipino poet living in Singapore. Listen to us discuss his latest poetry collection, and hear him read a couple poems from his collection, "Aria and Trumpet Flourish".  We talk about poetic forms, his influences and his process of honoring the creative process by writing everyday.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr.</strong> is the author of Aria and Trumpet Flourish (Math Paper Press, Singapore), as well as chapbooks, Requiem and Hymnal (Vagabond Press, Australia). His poems have been published in Rattle, Hayden's Ferry Review, Likhaan, Shanghai Literary Review, and other journals and anthologies. He has received prizes from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Kokoy Guevara Poetry Competition, British Council, among others. Born in the Philippines, he has been based in Singapore since 2011.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/rodrigos_book_cover.png" alt= "Rodrigo Dela Pena's book cover "Aria and Trumpet Flourish"" width="650" height="342" /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">For more information or to reach out to Rodrigo, please visit his Facebook page:</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"> <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/ariaandtrumpetflourish/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.facebook.com/ariaandtrumpetflourish/</a></span></p>
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Episode 14: Marivi Soliven
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Marivi Soliven is the author of "The Mango Bride" that was published by Penguin Press.  She is a Filipina writer now residing in San Diego. Listen as she explains how she got the idea for the novel, how the novel made its impact helping Filipino women in domestic violence situations and what she is working on next. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://www.yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href="http://www.marivisoliven.com" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.marivisoliven.com</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Marivi Soliven's</strong> debut novel <em>The Mango Bride</em> (Penguin, 2013) won the 2011 Carlos Palanca Memorial Award, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize. The novel has been translated into Spanish and Filipino, and a film adaptation is in process, with a projected release date next year. Stories and essays from 16 earlier books have appeared in anthologies in Manila and the United States. When not writing or organizing literary events, she works as a telephonic Tagalog interpreter.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 60px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><img style="border-width: 10px; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/The_Mango_Bride_book_cover.png" alt="The Mango Bride book cover" width="550" height="387" />Order your copy on Amazon at: <a href= "http://www.amazon.com/Mango-Bride-Marivi-Soliven/dp/0451239849/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428507765&sr=8-1&keywords=the+mango+bride." target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.amazon.com/Mango-Bride-Marivi-Soliven/dp/0451239849/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428507765&sr=8-1&keywords=the+mango+bride.</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"> </p>
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Episode 13: Gregory Phillips
<p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">This episode takes us to Los Angeles where I got a chance to talk to Dr. Gregory Phillips.  It was his exquisite photography that caught my eye and prompted me to reach out him.  You will be amazed, just as I was, when I learned he has lived a rich life and the courage it took for him to stand for his conviction as an artist with a vision.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"> <a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Dr. Gregory Phillips</strong> is a former English professor, who six years ago decided to leave teaching and pursue his life as an artist. He was living and teaching in Minnesota and woke up one cold, winter day and decided to move to Los Angeles to chase his dream to be an actor. That summer, he packed his car and headed west. It was the best decision he's ever made, he said. He's also a writer and photographer. In terms of his photography, it started as a hobby, some fifteen years ago. Shortly after starting, it became clear that he has an eye. Photography for him is a way to document the things he sees. When he first started making pictures, his subjects were mainly flowers, in color. One day, he started shooting black and white and a new world opened up for him. His hope is that when people see his photos, they have the same reaction: be moved and understand that no matter how dark the moment may be, there's always light. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">You can contact him and see more of his photos by following him on his Instagram: <strong>@cgregoryp</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"> <img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src="https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Alley_Way.png" alt="black and white photo of an alley way" width="350" height= "422" /></p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Japanese_Garden.png" alt= "black and white photograph of a Japanese garden and foot bridge" width="350" height="532" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Cobble_Street.png" alt="black and white photograph of women on a cobble street" width= "350" height="417" /></p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Man_in_Restaurant.png" alt="black and white photograph of a man in a restaurant booth" width="350" height="377" /><img style= "display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Meth_Man.png" alt= "black and white photograph of a drug addict squatting on the floor of a bathroom" width="350" height="620" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src="https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Park_Benches.png" alt="black and white photograph of rustic park benches" width="350" height="350" /></p>
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Episode 12: Floyd K. Takeuchi
<p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;">This episode takes us to Hawaii where I talk to photographer and writer, Floyd K. Takeuchi, about his beginnings as a photographer and writer, and his artistic philosophy on creating beautiful images of the people and places of Micronesia, Oceania, and the Pacific region.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><strong>http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</strong></a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Floyd K. Takeuchi</strong> is a writer-photographer who specializes in Hawaii, Japan and Oceania. He has had five solo photo exhibits in Japan and 15 shows, mostly solo exhibits, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was awarded “Best in Show” in one of Hawaii’s largest juried photo exhibits. A collection of his photographs was acquired by the College of Micronesia-FSM as part of that college’s 25th anniversary last year. He has also had commissions to photograph in the Federated States of Micronesia and Marshall Islands for new hotel developments in those island nations. Floyd has also spent more than four decades working as a journalist and media executive in Hawaii, Guam, Fiji and Japan. He has published four books based on his photography and writing, along with an e-book that includes more than 30 videos of the best dancers in Oceania performing at the Festival of Pacific Arts. An American with degrees from Boston University and the University of Hawaii, Floyd was born and raised in the Marshall Islands, and his family lived on Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands, for nearly 20 years.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Website: <a href= "http://www.floydtakeuchi.com">www.floydtakeuchi.com</a></strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Instagram</strong>: <strong>@fktakeuchi</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"> <strong>Artist’s Statement; Floyd K. Takeuchi</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;">After leading two media companies through the unchartered waters following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2009 Great Recession, I decided I was past due for an infusion of creativity, to remember why I became a journalist 42 years ago. And that was to tell stories that help people better understand the world around them. This time, I rely on a camera to tell those stories. And I made the decision to focus on stories that showcased beauty, physical and spiritual; that honored traditions; and, which emphasized cultural values of the Pacific region. I’ve followed that standard in nearly every large, small, commercial and personal photography project I’ve taken on over the past decade. Whether it’s been documenting the behind the scenes life of a hula halau or school for nearly two years, roaming the side streets of Tokyo searching for signs of solitude and peace in one of the world’s most frenetic cities, or as I have in recent weeks, traveling by small planes and boats in the outer atolls of the Marshall Islands to do portraits of the master weavers who are reviving one that nation’s great cultural and artistic traditions, I try to remain true to my artistic values: search out beauty; honor traditions; and, respect diverse cultural values.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;">--------------------------------------------------------------</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;">Here are some of the great photos by <strong>Floyd K. Takeuchi</strong>.  <em>(Note: images are copyrighted by Floyd K. Takeuchi).</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>"Halau - A Life in Hula"</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/_DSC0330_copy_DxO_copya_copy.jpg" alt="women dancing hula" width="750" height="497" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/_DSC2990_copy_DxOa_copy_4.jpg" alt="woman teaching hula" width="750" height="497" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/_DSC3616_copy_DxOa_copy_2.jpg" alt="photo of hula skirts" width="750" height="501" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/_DSC5757_copy_DxOa_copy.jpg" alt="male dancers preparing for performance" width="750" height= "553" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/_DSC6153_copy_DxO_copya.jpg" alt="hula dancer number one" width="750" height= "1131" /><img style="border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/_DSC6160_copy_DxO_copya_copy.jpg" alt="hula dancer number two" width="750" height= "990" /><strong>"Pasefika"</strong></p> <p><strong><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/dancers_praying.jpg" alt="color photo of dancers praying before performance" width="750" height="497" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/man_with_aunties.jpg" alt="man with aunties" width="750" height="501" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/man_with_his_people.jpg" alt="man with his people" width="750" height="501" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/man_with_stick.jpg" alt="man with stick" width="750" height="501" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src="https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/woman_dancer.jpg" alt="woman dancer in air" width="750" height="501" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/young_micronesian_girls.jpg" alt="young micronesian women" width="750" height= "501" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>"Xavier High School: School on the Hill"</strong></p> <p><strong><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/girl_with_boy_behind_her_at_chalk_board.jpg" alt="girl with boy behind her at the chalk board" width="750" height="512" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/girl_with_teacher_behind_her.jpg" alt="girl with teacher behind her" width="750" height= "519" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/kids_fighting_for_the_board.jpg" alt="kids fighting over chalk board" width="750" height= "463" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/girl_chemistry.jpg" alt="girl in chemistry lab" width="750" height="534" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/black_and_white_photo_of_clouds_and_sea.jpg" alt="black and white photo of clouds and sea" width="750" height= "501" /></strong></p>
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Episode 11: Aileen Cassinetto and Ivy Alvarez
<p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Listen to this week's lively session with two featured guests at the same time!  Two fabulous Filipina poets: Aileen I. Cassinetto (Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, CA) & Ivy Alvarez (Auckland, New Zealand)!</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Aileen_Cassinetto_Profile_Pic.jpg" alt="Aileen I. Cassinetto's profile pic" width="250" height= "396" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><span class="il">Aileen</span> I. Cassinetto</strong> is the third  <a href= "https://smcl.org/blogs/post/san-mateo-county-appoints-aileen-cassinetto-as-next-san-mateo-county-poet-laureate/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Poet Laureate of San Mateo County</a>, the first  <a href= "https://m.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Supes-Appoint-New-County-Poet-Laureate-13334794.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Asian American</a> appointed to the post. She is the author of Traje de Boda (Meritage Press, 2010) and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems (Our Own Voice & Little Dove Books, 2018), as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. She is also co-publisher of <a href= "http://www.palomapress.net/" target="_blank" rel= ""noope noopener">Paloma Press</a>.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Aileen_I_Cassinetto_The_Pink_House_of_Purple_Yam_Preservers.png" alt="" width="518" height="342" /><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><a href="http://aileencassinetto.com" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://aileencassinetto.com</a></strong></span></p> <p>   <img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Ivy_Alvarez_Profile_Pic.jpeg" alt="Ivy Alvarez's profile pic" width="250" height= "377" /> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"> <span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Ivy Alvarez </strong>is a Fellow of MacDowell Colony (US), and Hawthornden (UK). Her work is widely published and anthologised, including two appearances in the <em>Best Australian Poems </em>series. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">With poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean, she is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a recipient of grants from Creative New Zealand, Literature Wales, and the Australia Council for the Arts.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">She is also a mentor for the New Zealand Society of Authors’ Youth Mentorship Programme; an editor for the NZ Poetry Society’s magazine, <em>a fine line</em>; a guest co-editor for <em>Verity La.</em>’s Discoursing Diaspora; and a former international editor for the first Aotearoa New Zealand edition of <em>Atlanta Review</em>.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Born in the Philippines and raised in Australia, Ivy Alvarez lived in Scotland, Ireland and Wales, before moving to Auckland, New Zealand in 2014.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Ivy_Alvarez_Diaspora.png" alt="Ivy Alvarez's book jacket "Diaspora"" width="605" height="431" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><a href="http://www.ivyalvarez.com" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.ivyalvarez.com</a></strong></span></p> <p> </p>
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Episode 10: Jo Reyes-Boitel
<p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Jo Reyes-Boitel is a poet, essayist and playwright. Listen to us discuss her new book "Michael + Josephine: a novel in verse" and as she explains how she got the inspiration for the book, how she got her start in writing and performance art, and why she helps other aspiring writers in her community. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><strong>http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</strong></a></span></p> <p><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src="https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Jos_reviews.png" alt="Jo Reyes-Boitel's book reviews" width="750" height= "829" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Bio:</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Jo Reyes-Boitel</strong> is a poet, writer and playwright. She received her BA at University of Texas at San Antonio and she received her Bachelor’s in American Studies in 2007 where she focused on ethnic music expressions within dominant culture.  Her publications include Scalawag Journal (forthcoming), Windward Review (forthcoming), La Voz de Esperanza, Chachalaca Review, San Antonio Express-News, Dismantle (a VONA anthology) and Borderlands, to name a few.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Her performances include a one-woman performance piece, “this body” at W-I-P (Work In Progress), at Jump-start Performance Company, February 2019,“Nahual”, a one act play, written and directed for World Theater Day 2014, with one night only performance at Palo  Alto Community College and  "This is a Manifesto" workshop and performance under Virginia Grise at Jump-Start Performance Company, January 2018.</span></p> <p><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Jos_bookcover.png" alt= "Jo Reyes-Boitel's book cover of "Michael + Josephine"" width="750" height="1187" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">You can order her book at "Michael + Josephine: a novel in verse" <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Josephine-novel-Jo-Reyes-Boitel/dp/1733809201/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?fbclid=IwAR04F0qLI-Jvkjcvu93SHI6W74a_yt6u4IYNxHTQY6_tPO-QRmGJUyvBIWc&pldnSite=1#customerReviews" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Amazon</a> which was published by <em>FlowerSong Books</em>, and you can read more about her, her work and her upcoming events at <strong><a href= "http://joreyesboitel.com">http://joreyesboitel.com</a></strong>. </span></p>
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Episode 9: Peter J. Crowley
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">Peter J.  Crowley is a fine arts photographer from New England, now living in Olympia, Washington. He has amassed exquisite photos and portraits from people and his surroundings in Norwich, New London and Windham, CT, and wherever he may find himself. But his works include prolific and international recognition. Listen to us talk about how we met, his artistic vision and practices as well as his hope for the future. His website is <a href="http://www.peterjcrowley.com" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><strong>http://www.peterjcrowley.com</strong>.</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><img style= "display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/pjc_and_inara-11_Web.jpg" alt="Peter & his granddaughter, Inara" width="400" height= "600" /></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><strong>http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</strong></a></span></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Peter J. Crowley</strong> has worked as a professional photographic artist and teacher for over thirty years.  Throughout his prolific career, Peter's work has come to exemplify not only his purist approach to the medium, but to many people, mastery of the sensuously precise image. His ability to interpret light as emotion has allowed Peter to reproduce the subtleties of tone and sculptural form that is so apparent in his superbly printed photographs. The popularity of his work has been enhanced by the technical perfection of his photography and his insistence on absolute control of the photographic processes. Peter's images have been published both locally and nationally.  Some of the numerous art and literary publications include Florida Design, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Sun.  </span></p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Wally_Lamb_by_Peter_J_Crowley.png" alt="photo of author, Wally Lamb, by Peter J. Crowley" width="250" height="428" /></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 16px;">Peter J. Crowley featured in Thurston Talk: <a href= "https://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/09/15/peter-crowley-photography/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/09/15/peter-crowley-photography/</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 16px;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/norwich_coffe_2008_peter_j_crowley.png" alt= ""Norwich Ct. Coffee in my Office 2008" by Peter J. Crowley" width="250" height="384" /><span style="font-size: 8pt;">"Norwich Ct. Coffee in my Office 2008" by Peter J. Crowley</span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px; float: left;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Sculptor_Arnold_Prince_by_Peter_J_Crowley.png" alt= "black and white photo of sculptor Arnold Prince by Peter J. Crowley" width="217" height="351" /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 8pt;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; float: right; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Wolfmann_Jack_by_Peter_J._Crowley.png" alt="Wolman Jack by Peter J. Crowley" width="261" height= "235" /><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Feb._2019_Olympia_by_Peter_J_Crowley.png" alt= "black and white photo of a darkened room with a window entitled "Feb. 2019 Olympia" by Peter J. Crowley" width="400" height="553" /></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Get Peter J. Crowley's photographic book:</strong>  <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Another-Door-Entered-Life-Photographic/dp/1543175643/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1491622140&sr=1-1&keywords=another+door+entered+peter+j.+crowley&pldnSite=1"> "Another Door Entered: A Life in Photographic Art"</a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;">Peter's extensive gallery shows: <a href= "https://www.peterjcrowley.com/bio-resume-gallery-shows/">https://www.peterjcrowley.com/bio-resume-gallery-shows/</a></span></p>
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Episode 8: Yvonne Neth
<p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Yvonne Neth is a prolific visual artist working in several mediums.  Listen to us discuss her views on cultural and environmental preservation, as well as her thoughts on striking the balance as a mother and artist, and her experience being a woman in a tech field while gaining her commercial pilot license.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><strong>http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</strong></a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Yvonne_Neth_working.png" alt="Photo of Yvonne Neth working on piece in her studio" width= "750" height="984" /></span></p> <p class="font_7" style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"> <span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span class= "color_20"><strong>Yvonne Neth</strong> was born on the island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to Pohnpeian and Chamorro parents. She spent her growing years both on Pohnpei and on the island of Saipan in the Northern Marianas. Yvonne attended university in Honolulu, majoring in cultural anthropology, and also earned her FAA Commercial pilot’s license during her years in Hawaii. She returned to Pohnpei in 2009, and worked as a co-pilot for Caroline Islands Air. Eventually, the FSM Government employed Yvonne as their Aviation Operations Inspector for the nation's Division of Civil Aviation. After three years, she shifted from this position and became the Vice-Director for the NGO, Island Research and Education Initiative (IREI), a not-for-profit non governmental organization dedicated to producing culturally-relevant educational materials for Micronesia's students and conducting anthropological, environmental, and geological research in the region. Yvonne has collaborated with professionals throughout the Pacific region and has helped develop a multitude of educational products for Micronesia.</span> </span><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Outer_Island_Chuukese_Man_-_charcoal_on_paper_by_Yvonne_Neth.png" alt= "Photo of Yvonne Neth's charcoal on paper piece entitled "Outer Island Chuukese Man" 43" x 39"" width="750" height="1253" /></p> <p class="font_7" style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"> <span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span class="color_20">Yvonne’s current art projects include a series of large charcoal portraits of Pacific people and a series dedicated to environment conservation. She also works with a variety of other media, including graphite, colored pencil, conte crayon, ink, pastel and watercolor.</span></span></p> <p class="font_7" style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"> <span style="font-size: 14pt;">Visit her website: <strong><a href= "http://yvonneneth.com">http://yvonneneth.com</a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style= "border-width: 10px; display: block; border-style: groove; margin: 10px auto 10px auto;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/Here_Today_Gone_Tomorrow_-_charcoal_on_paper_by_Yvonne_Neth.png" alt= "Yvonne Neth's "...Gone Tomorrow: Tuna Snarled in Commercial Fishing Net, Majuro, RMI"" width="750" height="681" />"...Gone Tomorrow: Tuna snarled in commercial fishing net, World Tuna Day Contest" (Majuro, RMI) Charcoal on paper by Yvonne Neth</p>
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Episode 7: Kristy Bowen
<p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Kristy Bowen, the founder and editor of  <em>dancing girl press & studios</em> has been a pivotal vehicle for promoting women poets and writers in her e-zine "Wicked Alice" and chapbook series at "dancing girl press".  Listen to us discuss how she started the venture, how she chose the name of dancing girl press, how she grew the press and studio, and her influences and creative processes as a poet and an artist in the book arts.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><strong>http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</strong></a></span></p> <p><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/dgp.png" alt= "dancing girl press logo" width="190" height="215" /></p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Kristy Bowen</strong> is a writer and book artist working in both text and image. She is the author of  a number of chapbooks, zines, and artist book projects, as well as several full-length collections of poetry/prose/hybrid work, including SALVAGE  (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) and MAJOR CHARACTERS IN MINOR FILMS (Sundress Publications, 2015). Based in Chicago, she runs <strong><a href="http://www.dancinggirlpress.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">dancing girl press & studio</a></strong> and spends much of her time writing, making papery things, and editing a chapbook series devoted to women authors. </span></p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 18.6667px;">You can download and read her chapbook:</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 18.6667px;"><a href= "http://www.kristybowen.net/impossibleobjectszineelectronic.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0thakxEHD8XsDbgFkBtQuhMsLlPuLzsH0vx_in0oT_UmMciArsR4IRH_s" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"the science of impossible objects" </a></span> </p> <p style="padding-left: 60px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 18.6667px;"><a title= "the science of impossible objects" href= "http://www.kristybowen.net/impossibleobjectszineelectronic.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0thakxEHD8XsDbgFkBtQuhMsLlPuLzsH0vx_in0oT_UmMciArsR4IRH_s"> <img style="border-width: 10px; margin: 10px;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/59381176_10159168018246515_4195545516131483648_n_1.jpg" alt="the science of impossible objects book cover" width="571" height="679" /></a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">To see more her insights, influences and processes follow her blog: <strong><a title= "Kristy Bowen's blog" href="https://kristybowen.blogspot.com/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://kristybowen.blogspot.com/</a></strong></span></p>
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Episode 6: Tony Robles
<p> </p> <div style="padding-left: 30px;" align="left"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">This year is very significant in that it is the 10 year anniversary of the passing of poet, Tony Robles' uncle, Manong Al Robles.  His uncle started, along with Bill Sorro and others, the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, an organization that keeps alive the memory of the International Hotel and Manilatown.  Tony Robles is now traveling to the Philippines on a journey called, "The Al Robles Express" to Kalinga in the North of the Philippines.  The journey is in dedication to Al Robles and his work as a poet and activist. </span><a style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">  </span></a></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;" align="left"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><a href= "http://www.tonyrobles.wordpress.com" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.tonyrobles.wordpress.com</a></strong></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 60px;" align="left"> </div> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Bio: </strong><span class= "il">Tony</span> Robles--The "people's poet", was born and raised in San Francisco.  He is the author of two collections of poetry/short stories, entitled "Cool Don't Live Here no More--A letter to San Francisco" and "Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike", both published by Ithuriel's Spear Press.  Tony is also the author of children's books, "Lakas and the Manilatown Fish" and "Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel", published by Lee and Low.  He is the recipient of the San Francisco Art Commission Individual Literary Artist Grantee in 2017 and was a short-list nominee for Poet Laureate of San Francisco in 2016.  </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes">http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</a></strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="padding-left: 90px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Here is the result of Tony's trip on the Al Robles Express!</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 90px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><a href= "https://vimeo.com/292537800">https://vimeo.com/292537800</a></strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><a title= "The Al Robles Express 2019" href="https://vimeo.com/292537800" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img style= "border-width: 10px; margin: 10px auto; display: block;" src= "https://assets.libsyn.com/secure/show/158450/al_robles_vimeo_snip_pic.png" alt="al robles express video clip" width="640" height= "328" /></a></p>
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Episode 5: Luisa A. Igloria
<p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">My interview with Filipina American poet, Luisa A. Igloria, has not only been informative but quite enthralling as well.  Listen to her explain how nature, place, and histories had such a profound influence on her work. Also discover how her daily ritual of writing a poem a day for eight years and going nourished her creative process and well-being. </span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><strong>http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</strong></a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Luisa A. Igloria</strong> is the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. Former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey selected her chapbook <em>What is Left of Wings, I Ask</em> as the 2018 recipient of the Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook award. Other works include <em>The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis</em> (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2018), <em>Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser</em> (2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), and 12 other books. She teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015, as well as at the MUSE Writers Center in Norfolk. Her website is:  <strong><a href= "http://www.luisaigloria.com/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.luisaigloria.com</a></strong></span></p> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "color: #000000; font-size: 14pt;">Profile at The Poetry Foundation:</span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong><a href= "http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/luisa-a-igloria" target= "_blank" rel="noopener"><span style= "color: #45818e;">http://www.poetryfoundation.<wbr />org/bio/luisa-a-igloria</span></a></strong></span></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"> </span></div> <div class="" style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><em>Author profile photo - photo credits: Gabriela A. Igloria</em></span></div>
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Episode 4: Ire'ne Lara Silva
<p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Tune in and learn about the inspiration behind the amazing Chicana poet, Ire'ne Lara Siliva's new full-length collection, "Cuicacalli/House of Song". Listen to her as she talks about her insights, aesthetics and philosophies. Please order her book here:<strong><a href= "https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781732952119/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuicacalli/House of Song</a></strong>. </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><strong>http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</strong></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Ire’ne Lara Silva</strong> is the author of two poetry collections, furia (Mouthfeel Press, 2010) and Blood Sugar Canto (Saddle Road Press, 2016), which were both finalists for the International Latino Book Award in Poetry, an e-chapbook, Enduring Azucares, (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015), as well as a short story collection, flesh to bone (Aunt Lute Books, 2013) which won the Premio Aztlán. She and poet Dan Vera are also the co-editors of Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, (Aunt Lute Books, 2017), a collection of poetry and essays. ire’ne is the recipient of a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, the final recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldúa Milagro Award. ire’ne is currently working on her first novel, Naci.  Her new collection of poetry, CUICACALLI/House of Song, is forthcoming from Saddle Road Press in April 2019. For more about her, please visit her website: <strong><a href= "http://www.irenelarasilva.wordpress.com">www.irenelarasilva.wordpress.com</a></strong></span></p>
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Episode 3: Barbara Jane Reyes
<p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Learn more about Filipina American poet, Barbara Jane Reyes' thoughts on her influences, creative process and how building a vibrant community among poets & writers is important for future Filipino American writers. <strong><a href= "http://www.barbarajanereyes.com/">http://www.barbarajanereyes.com/</a></strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><strong>http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</strong></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Barbara Jane Reyes</strong> is the author of <a href= "http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100237500" target= "_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Invocation to Daughters</em></a> (City Lights Publishers, 2017). She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of four previous collections of poetry, <em>Gravities of Center</em> (Arkipelago Books, 2003), <em>Poeta en San Francisco</em> (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the <a href= "https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/barbara-jane-reyes" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">James Laughlin Award</a> of the Academy of American Poets, <em>Diwata </em>(BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), which received the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry, and <a href= "http://pawainc.com/publications/to-love-as-aswang" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>To Love as Aswang</em></a><em> </em>(Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2015). She is also the author of the chapbooks <em>Easter Sunday</em> (Ypolita Press, 2008) <em>Cherry</em> (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2008), and <em>For the City that Nearly Broke Me </em>(<a href="http://aztlanlibrepress.com/" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Aztlán Libre Press</a>, 2012). Her sixth book, <em>Letters to a Young Brown Girl,</em> is forthcoming from BOA Editions, Ltd. in 2020.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Her work is published or forthcoming in <em>Arroyo Literary Review, Asian Pacific American Journal, </em><a href= "https://asusjournal.org/issue-4/barbara-jane-reyes-poetry/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><em>As/Us</em></a><em>, </em><a href= "http://www.boxcarpoetry.com/003/reyes_barbara_jane_002.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Boxcar Poetry Review</em></a><em>,</em> <a href= "http://www.brooklynrail.org/2016/12/poetry/barbara-jane-reyes" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>The Brooklyn Rail</em></a><em>, Chain, Eleven Eleven, </em><a href= "http://entropymag.org/poetry-from-barbara-jane-reyes/" target= "_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Entropy</em></a><em>, Fairy Tale Review, Fourteen Hills, Hambone, Kartika Review, Lantern Review, New American Writing, New England Review, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, </em><a href= "http://www.originsjournal.com/poetry-2015/2015/6/11/barbara-jane-reyes" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Origins Journal</em></a><em>, </em><a href= "https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/barbara-jane-reyes#about" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><em>Poetry</em></a>, <em>Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review, Southern Humanities Review, TAYO Literary Magazine, xcp: Cross Cultural</em> <em>Poetics</em>, among others.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">An Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, she received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley and her M.F.A. at San Francisco State University. She is an adjunct professor at University of San Francisco’s Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. She has also taught at San Francisco State University and Mills College. She lives with her husband, poet <a href= "http://www.oscarbermeo.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oscar Bermeo</a>, in Oakland.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 30px;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>[<a href= "http://www.barbarajanereyes.com/complete-publications-list/">For a complete list of publications, please click here</a>.]</strong></span></p>
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Episode 2: Eileen R. Tabios
<p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">Listen and learn about Filipina American poet/writer/critic/artist, Eileen R. Tabios' past and ongoing works, her evolution and her thoughts about her creative process and influences. Please visit her website: <strong><a href= "http://www.eileenrtabios.com">http://www.eileenrtabios.com</a></strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><strong>http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</strong></a></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Eileen R. Tabios</strong> has released over 50 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. Her books include a form-based “Selected Poems” series, <em>The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku: Selected Tercets 1996-2019,</em> <em>THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL: Selected Visual Poetry (2001-2019),</em> <em>INVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems & New 1996-2015,</em> and <em>THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems & New 1998-2010</em>. Her award-winning body of work includes invention of the hay(na)ku poetic form (whose 15-year anniversary was celebrated in 2018 at the San Francisco and Saint Helena Public Libraries in California) as well as a first poetry book, <em>BEYOND LIFE SENTENCES</em>(1998), which received the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry. Translated into nine languages, she also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized 15 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays, as well as exhibited visual art in the United States, Asia and Serbia. Her writing and editing works have received recognition through awards, grants and residencies. More information is available at <strong><a href= "http://eileenrtabios.com/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://eileenrtabios.com</a>.</strong></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 14pt;">You can also see some of her poems here on <a href= "https://www.poetryfoundation.org/search?query=eileen+r+tabios" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Poetry Foundation’s </strong></a>website.</span></p>
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Episode 1: The Start
<p style="text-align: left;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Introducing this podcast as a place to talk about creativity, learn about some artists and writers. It is a safe place for artists and writers to learn about each other's creative processes and craft.  This is the first episode, so watch this podcast grow!</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style= "font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><a href= "http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener"><strong>http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes</strong></a></span></span></p>
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