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Episode #31: Matthew Shenoda on Friday, February 26th at 10 am PST

Join Rachelle as she chats with Matthew Shenoda

Friday, February 26th at 10 am PST

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Matthew Shenoda’s poems and writings have appeared in a variety of newspapers, journals, radio programs and anthologies. He has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his work has been supported by the California Arts Council and the Lannan Foundation.

Shenoda’s debut collection of poems, Somewhere Else (Introduction by Sonia Sanchez) was named one of 2005’s debut books of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine and is the winner of the inaugural Hala Maksoud Award for Emerging Voice, granted by RAWI , as well as a 2006 American Book Award. His latest collection, Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone, was published in Fall 2009 from BOA Editions. He has taught extensively in the fields of Ethnic Studies and Creative Writing and is currently Assistant Provost for Equity & Diversity and on the faculty in the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.

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Episode #30 :Ruth Forman on Friday, February 19th at 10 am PST

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Friday, February 19th at 10 am PST

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Ruth Forman is an acclaimed poet and former teacher in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley.  She is the author of three award-winning books: poetry collections We Are The Young Magicians (Beacon, 1993) and Renaissance (Beacon, 1997), and children’s book, Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon (Children’s Book Press, 2007).  Her latest poetry collection is Prayers Like Shoes (Whit Press, 2009). Her work is widely anthologized.

Ruth is the recipient of The Barnard New Women Poets Prize, The Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, The Durfee Artist Fellowship, the National Council of Teachers of English Notable Book Award, and recognition by The American Library Association.  She teaches and provides readings and workshops nationally and internationally to a wide variety of audiences and has presented in forums such as the United Nations, the PBS series The United States of Poetry and National Public Radio.  Also a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television, she collaborates often on music, dance, theatre, and media projects.

Ruth has taught at the University of Southern California and the Antioch University MFA in Creative Writing program.  She is also a nine-year faculty member with the VONA-Voices Workshop. When not writing and teaching, she practices a passion for martial arts: classical Yang family style tai chi chuan, tai chi sword, bo staff and karate. Ms. Forman currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Episode #29: Dick Lourie on Friday, February 12th at 10 am PST

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Friday, February 12th at 10 am PST

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Dick Lourie’s poems have appeared in, among other places, ACM, Agni, Colorado State Review, Cottonwood, Exquisite Corpse, The Massachusetts Review, Ms, The Nation, Sun, Transfer, and Verse. Collections of his work have been published by the Crossing Press, the Unicorn Press, Radical America Press and Hanging Loose.

He is a founding editor (1966) of Hanging Loose magazine and press, and has been supervising editor for many of the press’s titles, including those by Sherman Alexie, Hettie Jones, and Jack Agueros. He has also played a large role in compiling and editing the four Hanging Loose anthologies of work by high school writers.

Lourie is a blues saxophone player as well as a poet; his latest book, If the Delta Was the Sea, is the result of his visits over the last twelve years to the town of Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta to perform with local blues musicians. Through research and oral history, the book delves into the music, the history, and the diverse cultures of the Delta.

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Episode #26: Richard Garcia on February 5th at 10 am PST

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Richard Garcia (poetry) is the author of three books of poetry, The Flying Garcias  (University of Pittsburgh Press), Rancho Notorious (BOA Editions), The Persistence of Objects (BOA Editions), and a bilingual children’s book, My Aunt Otilia’s Spirits  (Children’s Book Press). His poetry has appeared in many journals, such as The Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, The Cortland Review and Ploughshares. His work is also included in anthologies, among them, The Best of the Prose Poem, Mother Songs, Urban Nature, Touching the Fire, and Best American Poetry 2005. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, the Mudfish Prize from Mudfish Magazine, the Greensboro Award from the Greensboro Review, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares, and the Georgetown Prize from the Georgetown Review.  He was poet-in-residence at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles for twelve years, where he conducted workshops in art and poetry for hospitalized children. His most recent publication is a chapbook of prose poems, Chickenhead, available only online from FootHills Publishing: http://foothillspublishing.com/2009/id56.htm. He teaches at the Antioch low residency in LA and privately online. Richard’s website is www.richardgarcia.info.

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