Episode #9: Tara Betts

Join Rachelle as she interviews poet Tara Betts.

on Friday, July 31st at 10 am PST.

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Tara Betts is the author of Arc and Hue. Tara is a Cave Canem fellow and a graduate of the New England College MFA Program.  She currently teaches at Rutgers University and leads community-based workshops with teens and other groups. Tara’s work has appeared in Essence magazine, Black Renaissance Noire, Hanging Loose, Ninth Letter, Obsidian III, Callaloo, and Columbia Poetry Review, Gathering Ground, Bum Rush the Page, and both Spoken Word Revolution anthologies. She is also a poetry editor for The November 3rd Club, an online journal of political writing.

Emerging Voices series

Episode #8: John Boucher and Sylvia Sukop

Join Rachelle as she interviews PEN EV Fellows # 5 & #6, John Boucher and Sylvia Sukop,

on Friday, July 17th at 10 am PST.


John Boucher started writing in 2005 in HIV+ Writing Workshops sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. His first published piece, “Speaking in Tongues,” appeared in Washburn University’s inscape literary journal, where it won the Best Nonfiction of 2009 award. A 2009 PEN Center USA Emerging Voice Rosenthal Fellow, John is compiling a collection of humorously dark nonfiction stories. John attended Corcoran College of Art and Design and earned his MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Born in 1962 and raised in Los Angeles, John lives in West Hollywood.

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Sylvia Sukop writes about art, faith, community, and other good
causes. Photography has been an integral part of her own journey as an
artist and storyteller. A first-generation American raised in rural
Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of Bucknell University and of New York
University’s joint Master’s program with the International Center of
Photography. In 1995-96 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to
study photography in Germany. She moved to Los Angeles in 1997 where
she provides professional communications support to nonprofit cultural
and philanthropic organizations. In 2007 she founded Boulevard Without
Borders, a collaboration among artists and teenagers from 10 Los
Angeles high schools documenting the diverse communities along LA’s
Pico Boulevard. The project was featured in “LA Flash” at Los Angeles
County Museum of Art in September 2008. In 2009 Sukop received PEN
USA’s Emerging Voices Fellowship in support of her creative nonfiction
writing. Her work has appeared in Flaunt and Exposure magazines, and
on the political blog, The Huffington Post. She is currently working
on a memoir of her teenage brother’s death and on the story of the
modern-day lesbian community on Lesbos Island.


Episode #7 – Suzanne Gardinier

Join Rachelle on Friday, July 10th at 10 am PST as she chats with poet Suzanne Gardinier

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Suzanne Gardinier is the author of two long poems–The New World and Dialogue with the
Archipelago–and of Today:  101 Ghazals.  She teaches at Sarah Lawrence
College and lives in Manhattan.


Episode #6: Ching-In Chen

This Friday, July 3rd at 10 AM PST

Join Rachelle as she chats with poet Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen, photo by Sarah Grant

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press 2009) and a multi-genre, border-crossing writer. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she is a Kundiman and Lambda Fellow. A community organizer, she has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston.  Her work has been recently published in Fifth Wednesday Journal, OCHO, Boxcar Poetry Review, Rio Grande Review, Cha, Verdad and the anthology Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves. She is currently in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of California at Riverside.