Archive for April, 2013

April 25, 2013

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, May 4 (8 pm) and Sunday, May 5, 2013, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews UC Merced professor Manuel Martin-Rodríguez, and poets Sonia Gutiérrez, and Angel Sandoval on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5.

To Listen to the interview with ALTERNACTIVE PUBLICACTIONS publisher Manuel Martin-Rodriguez, and poets Sonia Gutiérrez, and Angel Sandoval, click onto the link:

Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez is Professor of Literature at the University of California, Merced. His publications include a scholarly edition of Gaspar de Villagrá’s Historia de la nveva Mexico (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, 2010), Gaspar de Villagrá: Legista, soldado y poeta (Universidad de León, 2009), Life in Search of Readers: Reading (in) Chicano/a Literature (University of New Mexico Press, 2003), Rolando Hinojosa y su “cronicón” chicano: Una novela del lector (Universidad de Sevilla, 1993), La voz urgente: Antología de literatura chicana en español (Editorial Fundamentos, 1995, 1999, and 2006), as well as numerous articles in edited volumes and journals, including PMLA, Modern Language Quarterly, The Bilingual Review, The Americas Review, La Palabra y el Hombre, Hispania, Revista Iberoamericana, Latin American Literary Review, REDEN, and Aztlán, among others. Martín-Rodríguez is also the publisher of alternative-publications, a virtual press that has published books by Latinos/as.
For more information about ALTERNACTIVE PUBLICACTIONS, please visit

Sonia Gutiérrez is a poet professor, who promotes social justice and human dignity. She teaches English Composition and Critical Thinking and Writing at Palomar College. Her bilingual poetry collection, Spider Woman/La Mujer Araña, is her debut 2013 publication. She is at work on her novel, Kissing Dreams from a Distance, among other projects. To learn more about Sonia, visit

Angel Sandoval was born and bred in Brawley, California, a small city in the Imperial Valley desert. He received his M.F.A. degree from San Diego State University (SDSU) and is currently an adjunct instructor at Imperial Valley College (IVC). He spends part of the time grading student papers–the other part he dedicates to creative writing.

April 11, 2013

Arts in the Valley, April 13 (Sat. 8 pm) & April 14 (Sun. 2 pm) 2013, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews literary icon Kim McMillon on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14, 2013. Kim McMillon also interviews Melissa Kelly-Ortega about her Arts in the Valley monthly program, Eyes on the Community. Melissa lets the public know what’s happening in Merced and surrounding communities. Hip Hop Movement of UC Merced will also be interviewed about their upcoming programs.

To listen to the interview with Nikki Giovanni, click onto the link:

Melissa Kelly-Ortega is the Communication Specialist for Building Healthy Communities.

To listen to Melissa’s interview, click onto the link:
Building Healthy Communities is a 10-year, $1 billion plan of The California Endowment. In connection with staff-led, statewide policy initiatives, 14 communities, including Southwest Merced/East Merced County, are taking action to make where they live healthier. They’re doing this by improving employment opportunities, education, housing, neighborhood safety, unhealthy environmental conditions, access to healthy food and more.

The goal: to create places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Ultimately, we’re aiming at nothing less than a transformation in the way all of us think about and support health for all Californians.

For more information, please visit

Araceli, Reanna, and Alan from Hip Hop Movement of UC Merced will speak about their upcoming programs.

To listen to Hip Hop Movement’s interview, click onto this link:

Hip Hop Movement’s mission is to preserve traditional hip hop culture and promote awareness of the art within the campus and community of Merced.

They are a student-led organization of expressionist representing the four elements of hip hop:

Graffiti, DJ, MC, and Dance.

To learn more about HHM, visit

You can also visit their Facebook page at:

April 5, 2013

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, April 6 (8 PM), & Sunday, April 7, 2013, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Al Young will speak on Friday April 12, 2013
UC Merced, California Room

To listen to Al Young, click onto the link: al young

Al Young, California’s Poet Laureate Emeritus is the Keynote Speaker for The First Annual Center for Research in the Humanities and Arts (CHRA) Graduate Student conference, which will be held at the campus of the University of California, Merced, on April 12-13, 2013. From Monadism to Nomadism: An Hybrid Approach to Cultural Productions will focus on the intersection and interplay of cultural studies, the social sciences, and the humanities and encouraging the exploration of various theoretical frameworks, case studies and fieldwork, and research.

Al Young is California’s Poet Laureate Emeritus. Born in Mississippi, he held a variety of colorful jobs (folksinger, lab aide, disk jockey, medical photographer, clerk typist, employment counselor) before graduating with honors from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Spanish. He has been described as “an educator and a man with a passion for the Arts” and “an original American voice”. Coming from San Francisco, we are honored and thrilled to have a scholar and artist with such a diverse voice and esteemed reputation join us for our first conference in this series.

April 3, 2013

Arts in the Valley, March 30 (8 pm) & March 31 (2 pm), 2013, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday and Sunday, March 30 & 31, 2013 as host Kim McMillon interviews photographer Roger Wyan and youth mentor Alyssa about Merced’s Venice Arts program; John Cardenas, the President of the Greater Merced County Multi-Cultural Chamber of Commerce, and Julio Valadez and Dave Brown about the Sunday, April 14th Kite Fly in Livingston, CA.

To listen to Roger Wyan and Alyssa, click onto this link:

roger wyan
Roger is the project manager and teaching artist for Venice Arts – Merced. Youth mentor Alyssa will discuss projects within the community, such as Venice Arts Merced- Granada High School Exhibit “Planada Rising.”

Venice Arts mission is to ignite youths’ imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media-based arts education programs.

For more information about Venice Arts, contact Roger at or go to their website,

To listen to John Cardenas, click onto the link:john cardas-2
John Cardenas will discuss the Chamber’s upcoming open house on Thursday, April 4, 5:30 pm – 7 pm, and Lemonade Day, a free community-wide education program on May 18th in Merced.

The Greater Merced County Multi-Cultural Chamber of Commerce is located at 535 Main Street in downtown Merced, and promotes local businesses in Merced’s diverse community while providing leadership in the social, civic and cultural aspects of Merced County.

To listen to Julio Valadez and Dave Brown discuss the Kite Festival, click onto the link: kite fest
Visit Livingston for the 2nd Annual Kite Festival sponsored by The Knights of Columbus! The event is FREE to the public and will include: face painting, pie eating contests, bounce houses, candy drop, gigantic kite flying demonstrations, kite building booths, kite flying contests, crafts and vendor booths. Safety demonstrations will be provided by PG & E, Livingston Police & Fire, Merced County Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol Helicopter. The first 500 children admitted will receive a FREE kite!

Sunday April 14, 2013 10 am – 5pm at the Livingston Middle School 101 F Street Livingston, CA 95334

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