Arts in the Valley, February 9 & 10, 2013, 1480 KYOS, Merced, CA

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On Saturday, February 9, Arts in the Valley Host Kim McMillon will interview Poet Laureate of California Juan Felipe Herrera and award-winning musician and poet Avotcja. The show will air on 1480 KYOS AM at 8 pm on Saturday, and 2 pm on Sunday. You can also listen to the show on Arts in the Valley on Facebook.

To Listen to Juan Felip Herrera’s interview, click onto the link:juan-1

Juan Felipe Herrera is the author of twenty-eight books and currently serves as the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. He was a professor and chair of Chicano and Latin American Studies at California State University, Fresno, from 1990 to 2004 and a teaching assistant fellow at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1990.

‘Herrera’s work has received wide critical acclaim including numerous national and international awards. In a 2008 review of his work, Stephen Burt of the New York Times wrote, “All life, all art, involves boundaries, if only those of birth and death. Some poets keep us conscious of those boundaries; others, like Herrera, discover their powers by defying them. Many poets since the 1960s have dreamed of a new hybrid art, part oral, part written, part English, part something else: an art grounded in ethnic identity, fueled by collective pride, yet irreducibly individual too. Many poets have tried to create such an art: Herrera is one of the first to succeed.”’

To listen to Avotcja, click onto the link:avotcha-1
Avotcja has been published in English & Spanish in the USA, Mexico & Europe, and in more Anthologies than she remembers. She is an award winning Poet & multi-instrumentalist who has opened for Betty Carter in New York City, Peru’s Susana Baca at San Francisco’s Encuentro Popular & Cuba’s Gema y Pável, played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bobi & Luis Cespedes, John Handy, Sonido Afro Latina, Dimensions Dance Theater, Black Poets With Attitudes, Bombarengue, Nikki Giovanni, Los Angeles’ Build An Ark, Dwight Trible, Diamano Coura West African Dance Co., Terry Garthwaite, Big Black, The Bay Area Blues Society & Caribeana Etc.

Shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Piri Thomas, Janice Mirikitani, Diane DiPrima, Michael Franti, Jayne Cortez, & with Jose Montoya’s Royal Chicano Air Force & is a Bay Area icon with her group Avotcja & Modúpue. She Avotcja was the opening act for the legendary Poet Pat Parker the last three years of her life. both composed & performed the film score for the Danish documentary MuNu. Her Poetry &/or music has been recorded by Piri Thomas, Famadou Don Moye (of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago), Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble, & performed by The Purple Moon Dance Project, and was the 1st Poetry performed by New York’s Dance Mobile. She’s appeared at The Lorraine Hansberry Theater in S. F., The Asian-American Jazz Festival in Chicago, as well as The Asian-American Jazz Festival in San Francisco.

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43 Comments to “Arts in the Valley, February 9 & 10, 2013, 1480 KYOS, Merced, CA”

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  9. What does conditions in womens prison have to do with “a place where art and ideas blossom”? Why are you glad Mary is out of prison? Why was she in?

    This show has nothing to do with art. Its a just a avenue to push progressive views.

    It’s a free county, broadcast what you wish. Just please either stick to arts and ideas or change the name of the show.

    Last week the Black Panther leader and this week womens prison conditions? Come on KYOS.

    • Hi,

      I very much appreciate the feedback. Social issues very much concern me as much as art. I consider living a type of art form. We are in Black History Month, and so some of the items on my show deal with African American history. David Hilliard actually spoke about the arts programming provided to the community by the Black Panther Party. With regards to the women’s prison, this was in the news, and prison reform is one of my major concerns as an African American that has witnessed injustices in our legal system.

      I cannot please everyone with my program. All I can say is Russ, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage and others with a more conservative viewpoint are on KYOS Monday through Friday, and my programming is just a different side of the coin.

      Best,
      Kim

    • Hi,

      I very much appreciate the feedback. Social issues very much concern me as much as art. I consider living a type of art form. We are in Black History Month, and so some of the items on my show deal with African American history. David Hilliard actually spoke about the arts programming provided to the community by the Black Panther Party. With regards to the women’s prison, this was in the news, and prison reform is one of my major concerns as an African American that has witnessed injustices in our legal system.

      I cannot please everyone with my program. All I can say is Russ, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage and others with a more conservative viewpoint are on KYOS Monday through Friday, and my programming is just a different side of the coin.

      Best,
      Kim

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