poetry http://kvpr.org en Fresno's Benjamin Boone Mixes Jazz With The Poetry Of Philip Levine http://kvpr.org/post/fresnos-benjamin-boone-mixes-jazz-poetry-philip-levine <p>Fresno jazz artist, educator and composer Benjamin Boone has embarked on a fascinating new musical journey: mixing his music with the poems of former Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine.&nbsp;</p><p>Levine, who is a longtime Fresno resident is among the nation's most revered poets. He's also a big jazz fan, dating back to his youth in Detroit. In fact, many of his poems reference jazz, including iconic stars like Clifford Brown and John Coltrane.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:31:41 +0000 Joe Moore 29252 at http://kvpr.org Fresno's Benjamin Boone Mixes Jazz With The Poetry Of Philip Levine In Visalia, Pizza and Poetry Mix at Howie & Son's http://kvpr.org/post/visalia-pizza-and-poetry-mix-howie-sons <p>If you want to hear poetry on a Friday night in the San Joaquin Valley, stop by <a href="http://howieandsonspizzaparlor.com/">Howie &amp; Son’s Pizza Parlor</a> in Visalia.</p><p>You’ll find us in the back room, by the video game machines.</p><p>This isn’t your standard poetry reading. It’s poetry slam, the competitive art of performance poetry. We write our own verse and then deliver it, forcefully and in our own distinctive style.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 00:22:54 +0000 Michael Jasso - Zocalo Public Square 20524 at http://kvpr.org In Visalia, Pizza and Poetry Mix at Howie & Son's Fresno Poet Laureate James Tyner: 'Fresno Helped Save Me' http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-poet-laureate-james-tyner-fresno-helped-save-me <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When poet James </span>Tyner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was a child, he faced an uncertain&nbsp;future, including time spent homeless, and living in tough, gang-ridden neighborhoods in Southern California. He says two things helped "save" him: a love of literature and the city of Fresno. </span></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:06:01 +0000 Joe Moore 16596 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Poet Laureate James Tyner: 'Fresno Helped Save Me' Poet Laureate Philip Levine Speaks of Fresno, Unemployment http://kvpr.org/post/poet-laureate-philip-levine-speaks-fresno-unemployment <p>Last week the Library of Congress named Fresno poet Philip Levine the nation&rsquo;s 18th Poet Laureate. A native of Detroit, Levine moved to Fresno in the 1950&rsquo;s to teach English at Fresno State, where he founded the university&rsquo;s creative writing program, and helped foster the San Joaquin Valley&rsquo;s rich poetry community. In 1991 his collection &quot;What Work Is&quot; won the National Book Award, and in 1995, his book &quot;The Simple Truth&quot; was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:30:11 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1796 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Physician Shortage in Rural CA; Charter Schools; Philip Levine http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-physician-shortage-rural-ca-charter-schools-philip-levine <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about the shortage of physicians in the rural communities of the Central Valley. We also look at how charter schools are working to provide innovation in education in the valley. We also have an in-depth interview with the newly named Poet Laureate of the United States, Fresno&#39;s Philip Levine.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:05:43 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1208 at http://kvpr.org Philip Levine Named As America's New Poet Laureate http://kvpr.org/post/philip-levine-named-americas-new-poet-laureate America has a new poet laureate today, as the Library of Congress names Philip Levine in the one-year position. He will succeed W.S. Merwin in the post. Born in Detroit in 1928, Levine has used his poetry to examine blue-collar life, often embroidering everyday events with a sense of myth.<p><a href="http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2011/11-143.html">Announcing America's most prestigious poetry post</a> Wednesday, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington called Levine "one of America's great narrative poets. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 02:55:44 +0000 Bill Chappell 149 at http://kvpr.org Philip Levine Named As America's New Poet Laureate