Summer

Episode #48: Aileen Ibardaloza on Friday, July 30th at 10 am PST/ 1 pm EST

Join Rachelle as she talks with Aileen Ibardaloza, author of Traje de Boda.

This Friday, July 30th at 10 am PST, 1 pm EST

Aileen Ibardaloza is a poet and memoirist who first trained as a molecular biologist. She grew up in Manila, and lived in parts of Asia and Europe before joining her family in the United States in 2000.  She was married in 2009; she and her husband are based in Northern California with their two cats.  Also the Associate Editor of Our Own Voice Literary Ezine, she has seen writings appear in various online and print media including Manorborn; 1000 Views of Girl Singing (Leafe Press, U.K. and California, 2009); A Taste of Home (Anvil, Manila, 2008); Fellowship; Moria Poetry; and Galatea Resurrects.  traje de boda is her first poetry collection.

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Episode #47: Sandra Beasley on Wednesday, July 28th at 10 am PST, 1 pm EST

Join Rachelle as she talks with Sandra Beasley, author of I Was the Jukebox.

Correction: Wednesday, July 28th at 10 am PST, 1 pm EST

Sandra Beasley is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Joy Harjo and published by W. W. Norton. The prize is for the best second collection of poems by an American woman poet. Her debut book, Theories of Falling, was selected by Marie Howe as the winner of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2008).

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Episode #46: Karen Tei Yamashita on this Friday, July 23rd at 10 am PST

Join Rachelle as she talks with Karen Tei Yamashita, author of I-Hotel.

Friday, July 23rd at 10 am PST, 1 pm EST.

Heralded as a “big talent” by the Los Angeles Times, extolled by the New York Times for her “mordant wit,” and praised by Newsday for “wrestl[ing] with profound philosophical and social issues” while delivering an “immensely entertaining story,” Karen Tei Yamashita is one of the foremost writers of her generation. I Hotel, which took over a decade to write and research, is her magnum opus.

The author of four previous novels, Yamashita is the recipient of an American Book Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Award. A California native who has also lived in Brazil and Japan, she teaches at the University of California-Santa Cruz, where she received the Chancellor’s Award for Diversity in 2009.

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Episode #45: Cristina Garcia this Friday, July 16th at 10 am PST

Join Rachelle as she talks with Cristina Garcia, author of The Lesser Tragedy of Death.

Friday, July 16th at 10 am PST, 1 pm EST.

To listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword

Photo Credit: Norma I. Quintana

Cristina Garcia is the author of several novels including Dreaming in Cuban and A Handbook to Luck, anthologies, and books for young readers. The Lesser Tragedy of Death is her first collection of poetry. Garcia’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into a dozen languages. She is a Visiting Professor and Black Mountain Institute Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Episode #44: Diane Wakoski this Friday, July 9th at 10 am PST

Join Rachelle as she talks with Diane Wakowski, author of The Diamond Dog.

Friday, July 9th at 10 am PST, 1 pm EST.

To listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword

Diane Wakoski was born in Whittier, California and studied at the University of California, Berkeley, where she participated in Thom Gunn’s poetry workshops.

Her early work was part of the “deep image” movement that also included Jerome Rothenberg and Robert Kelly, among others. She also cites William Carlos Williams and Allen Ginsberg as influences and her later work is more personal and conversational in the Williams mode.

She has published over forty books of poetry, including Emerald Ice : Selected Poems 1962-1987 (1988) and the four volumes of her The Archaeology of Movies and Books sequence, Argonaut Rose (1998), The Emerald City of Las Vegas (1995), Jason the Sailor (1993), and Medea the Sorceress (1991). A book of essays, Towards a New Poetry was published in 1980.

Wakoski teaches creative writing at Michigan State University.

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