Episode #102! Featuring Bushra Rehman and music by El Amparito.
Bushra Rehman, originally from Corona, Queens, is the author of Corona (Sibling Rivalry Press) and co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism (Seal Press, 2002). Rebecca Walker has called Colonize This! “a must for young women of color searching for themselves within contemporary feminist/womanist discourse, and anyone else who wants to get down with the fierceness of fly, intellectual divas of color.” Colonize This! was included in Ms. Magazine’s “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” Her writing has also been featured on BBC Radio 4, WNYC, and KPFA and in The New York Times, India Currents, Crab Orchard Review, Sepia Mutiny, Color Lines, The Feminist Wire and Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America.
Episode #101! Featuring Kamilah Aisha Moon and music by El Amparito.
Kamilah Aisha Moon is the author of She Has A Name (Four Way Books, 2013). A recipient of fellowships to the Cave Canem Foundation, the Prague Summer Writing Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Vermont Studio Center, Moon’s work has been featured in several journals and anthologies, including Harvard Review, jubilat,Sou’wester, Oxford American, Lumina, Callaloo, Essence, Bloom, Gathering Ground, The Ringing Ear and Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. A featured poet in conferences and venues around the country, she has also led creative writing residencies for several arts-in-education organizations in diverse settings. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Medgar Evers College-CUNY, Drew University and Adelphi University. Moon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.
A native of Nashville, TN, Moon currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Episode #100!!! Featuring poet Serena Chopra, author of THIS HUMAN, and music by El Amparito.
Serena Chopra is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, a 2009 graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder’s MFA program, and a 2011-2013 Writer-In-Residence at RedLine Gallery in Denver. She has been published in Bombay Gin, Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, VOLT, Versal, Vinyl, Hot Metal Bridge, and No Tell Motel. Her chapbook, Penumbra, was released 2012 from Flying Guillotine Press, and a version of her book, Livid Season, was released in chapbook form from Free Poetry in 2012. In February 2013, Coconut Books Press published her first full-length collection, This Human: A Poem in Seven Parts. She was a finalist for the 2011 Dorset prize and a 2010 Kundiman fellow. Serena is also a dancer with Evolving Doors Dance Company and a visual artist, participating in recent gallery shows, Material Engagements, Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, and Notes on Feeling at RedLine Gallery in Denver. She lives and works in Denver.
I’ve been away for awhile, working on upgrading the show (new theme song?!), interviewing some amazing poets and brainstorming for the 100th episode!
Stay tuned for upcoming shows with Michelle Chan Brown, author of DOUBLE AGENT; Serena Chopra, author of THIS HUMAN; Bushra Rehman, author of CORONA, and many others!
Thanks again for listening, and Happy Halloween!
Join Rachelle as she talks with Camille Guthrie, author of ARTICULATED LAIR, on Tuesday, July 30th at 11 am PST/2 pm EST.
Born in Seattle and raised in Pittsburgh, poet Camille Guthrie earned a BA at Vassar College and an MFA at Brown University. She is the author of the poetry collections The Master Thief(2000) and In Captivity(2006). Her experimental long poems and inter-textual poetic sequences often engage with ongoing literary conversations. In an interview with Chicago Review, Guthrie stated, “Writing about another text or object and in poetic form often serves as a self-inflicted restraint in my work; forms are surely a kind of capture, scrupulous and absorbing rituals. Then it’s satisfying to wreck them somehow, to make them imperfect.” Guthrie has taught at New York University and Bennington College. She lives in Brooklyn.
Join Rachelle as she talks with Jason Bayani, author of AMULET, on Tuesday, July 9th at 11 am PST/2 pm EST
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Jason Bayani is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene. His work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology, Learn Then Burn, and other publications. He has been on 7 National Poetry Slam teams, he is a National Poetry Slam finalist, and was the 2010 International World Poetry Slam representative for Oakland, California. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. He currently lives in Austin, Texas where he is an English Instructor.