Archive for December, 2010

December 22, 2010

Arts in the Valley, 1480 KYOS, Saturday, December 18th, 8 PM, PST

by arthouseflower

To listen to the December 18th show, click on to this link, artsinval1213.mp3

Kevin Sessums, Journalist, and  author of Mississippi Sissy  

 Kevin Sessums is an American author, editor and actor from Forest, Mississippi. Sessums served as executive editor of Interview and as a contributing editor of Vanity Fair, Allure, and Parade. His work has also appeared in Travel+Leisure, Elle, Out, Marie Claire, and Playboy. He has written theatre criticism for Towleroad.com and cultural postings for Thedailybeast.com. He attended the Juilliard School of Drama.

 Sessums, who is openly gay, published a 2007 memoir titled Mississippi Sissy, which is about the conflicted life of a self-aware gay boy growing up in Forest, Mississippi. It made the New York Times Bestseller list and won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Male Memoir of 2007.  His audio recording of Mississippi Sissy was nominated for a 2007 Quill Award. Sessums portrayed the character Peter Cipriani in the miniseries adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City.  St. Martins Press will publish his sequel to the bestselling Mississippi Sissy which is titled I Left It on the Mountain.

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Merced County Superintendent of Schools

Lee Andersen

 Lee Andersen is currently serving his second term as Merced County Superintendent of Schools, having been re-elected in 2006.  As County Superintendent of Schools, Lee Anderson leads Merced County Office of Education staff members to support student success. Their work includes direct service to students in Migrant Education, Regional Occupational Programs, Special Education, Valley Community School, Court School, Early Care and Education, Head Start, and Jack L. Boyd Outdoor School.

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Lucha Corpi, Winner of the PEN Oakland National Literary Award

1990, Lucha Corpi was twice honored: she was awarded a Creative Arts Fellowship in fiction by the City of Oakland, and she was named poet laureate at Indian University Northwest.

The publication of Eulogy for a Brown Angel: A Mystery Novel (Arte Público Press, 1992) was the culmination of a life-long dream. The novel won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Best Book of Fiction. Cactus Blood (Arte Público Press, 1995) is Corpi’s second mystery novel featuring Chicana detective Gloria Damasco. Hispanic culture, the United Farm Workers movement and other social issues texture a suspenseful search for a ritualistic assassin. The publication of Black Widow’s Wardrobe (Arte Público Press, 1999) rounded out the trilogy known as The Gloria Damasco Series.

“We Chicanos are like the abandoned children of divorced cultures. We are forever longing to be loved by an absent neglectful parent –Mexico-and also to be truly accepted by the other parent –the United States. We want bicultural harmony. We need it to survive. We struggle to achieve it. That struggle keeps us alive.”-Black Widow’s Wardrobe

December 12, 2010

December 11th Arts in the Valley, 1480 KYOS, 8 PM, PST

by arthouseflower

ARTSINVAL1211 Click onto this link to hear the December 11th Arts in the Valley

Staci Santa is the Executive Director of the Merced Arts Council, whose mission is to inspire and nurture the arts in Merced County. Incorporated in 1978, the Merced County Arts Council was originally operated from a small office space on Main Street. In 1996, the City of Merced entrusted the Arts Council to manage the Merced Multicultural Arts Center. In addition to operating this 28,000 sq. foot, multipurpose arts center, the Arts Council manages an arts-in-education program; an arts facility for adults with developmental disabilities; performances and visual/performing arts classes for children and adults; professional support for artists through fiscal sponsorship; exhibits of about 20 professional artists each year; and newfound coalitions for visual and performing artists.

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Francisco X. Alarcon, award winning Chicano poet and educator, is author of  twelve volumes of  poetry, including, From the Other Side of Night: Selected and New Poems (University of Arizona Press 2002), and Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation (Chronicle Books 1992).

His  latest book is  Ce-Uno-One: Poems for the New Sun (Swan Scythe Press 2010). His book of  bilingual poetry for children, Animal Poems of the Iguazu (Children’s Book Press 2008), was selected as a Notable Book for a Global Society by the International Reading Association. His previous bilingual book  titled Poems to Dream Together (Lee & Low Books 2005) was awarded the 2006 Jane Addams Honor Book Award. He has been a finalist nominated for Poet Laureate of  California in two  occasions. He teaches at the University of California, Davis.

Whenever I say ‘Mexico’/I hear my grandma telling me/about the Aztecs and the city they built/on an island in the middle of a lake/’Mexico’ says my grandma/”means: from the bellybutton of the moon”/”don’t forget your origins my son”/maybe that’s why/whenever I now say “Mexico”/I feel like touching my bellybutton.

—Francisco Alarcon, Bellybutton of the Moon

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In 1990, Lucha Corpi was twice honored: she was awarded a Creative Arts Fellowship in fiction by the City of Oakland, and she was named poet laureate at Indian University Northwest.

The publication of Eulogy for a Brown Angel: A Mystery Novel (Arte Público Press, 1992) was the culmination of a life-long dream. The novel won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Best Book of Fiction. Cactus Blood (Arte Público Press, 1995) is Corpi’s second mystery novel featuring Chicana detective Gloria Damasco. Hispanic culture, the United Farm Workers movement and other social issues texture a suspenseful search for a ritualistic assassin. The publication of Black Widow’s Wardrobe (Arte Público Press, 1999) rounded out the trilogy known as The Gloria Damasco Series.

“We Chicanos are like the abandoned children of divorced cultures. We are forever longing to be loved by an absent neglectful parent –Mexico-and also to be truly accepted by the other parent –the United States. We want bicultural harmony. We need it to survive. We struggle to achieve it. That struggle keeps us alive.”-Black Widow’s Wardrobe

 

December 5, 2010

Arts in the Valley, December 4th, 8 PM, 1480 KYOS in Merced

by arthouseflower
Click onto ARTSINVAL1204 to hear the December 4th show.

Social Activist Ishmael Reed is an important American poet, novelist, playwright, and song writer who has taught at Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and the University of California–Berkeley. He is author of Japanese by Spring,The Terrible Twos, and Writin’ Is Fightin’: Thirty-seven Years of Boxing on Paper. He lives in Oakland, California.

 

Playwright Wajahat Ali’s “Domestic Crusaders is more than just a work of entertainment. It is also Ali’s response to the treatment of Muslims received in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11… it is compelling drama, and there is intergenerational conflict, humor, prejudice, and a dark family secret. The characters, in other words, are not paragons of virtue, which is intentional.”
—Ellis Cose, Newsweek

“This play is brilliant. Moving. Shapely. Clever. Funny.”
—Toni Morrison

Musician Amber Kirby is the founder of Shadow Leaves, a new Pulp Fiction Magazine in Merced, CA.  They welcome contributions,  and copies of the magazine can be purchased at Off The Shelf Books in Merced, CA.  Amber also performs on bass with El Olio Wolof

 

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