Episode #5: Thi Dao

This Friday, June 19th at 10 AM

Join Rachelle as she chats with Writer and EV#3, Thi Dao


Thi Dao studied creative writing at UCLA and upon graduating, left the country to live abroad. Her experiences have intensified the themes of the perpetual outsider and cultural meshes in her short stories. In her writing, she portrays the diverse neighborhoods in southern California and explores issues of class, culture, and the generation gap.


Check out the summer schedule!


Episode #4: Mehnaz Turner & Updated Summer Schedule

This Friday, June 12th at 10 am PST.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword

Emerging Voices series #2: Mehnaz Turner

Mehnaz Turner was born in Pakistan and raised in southern California. She is a 2009 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry. She holds degrees from the University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal State Channel Islands. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Cahoots Magazine, Pakistaniaat, The Pedestal Magazine, Desilit Magazine, and An Anthology of California Poets.  She has been teaching English at Moorpark High School since Fall 2006.


Please check out the updated summer schedule! Poets Ching-In Chen, Tara Betts, and Suzanne Gardinier will be on the show, in addition to the Emerging Voices series.

Emerging Voices series, Summer

Episode 3: Erika Ayon and Your Summer Listening Schedule!

It’s almost summertime!  Compile that summer reading list, but don’t forget your literary listening dose.  Check out The Blood-Jet’s Summer 2009 schedule.

I’m starting a new series on the PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellows, which I am proud to be a part of.  Again, check out the summer schedule for the line-up.  My first guest is poet Erika Ayon.

This Friday, June 5th at 10 am PST.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword


Erika Ayón emigrated from Mexico when she was five years old. She grew up in South Central Los Angeles.  She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English. Erika was selected as a 2009 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow.  She  is currently working on a collection of poetry entitled Orange Lady. The title stems from her childhood experience of selling oranges with her family on the streets of Los Angeles,  in order to survive financially. Through her writing, Erika addresses issues such as poverty, race, cultural implications, gender, and the immigrant experience.