Valley Writers Read

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Franz Weinschenk hosts one of Valley Public Radio's longest running programs, Valley Writers Read. A longtime Valley educator and author, each week Franz showcases the great literary talent that exists in the Central Valley, from well known published authors to amateurs, read by the authors themselves. The program recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and is produced by FM89's Don Weaver. Valley Writers Read is heard Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. on FM89. You can also listen to past editions of the program online through our audio archives.

Support for Valley Writers Read comes from Fresno City College.

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Valley Writers Read
7:08 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Gary Hill's "There's No One At Manubi, Only Flies" on Valley Writers Read

Gary Hill reads “There's No One At Manubi, Only Flies.”  This story takes place in the huge Gibson Desert of Australia.  A desert tribe desperately hopes a distant rain cloud will end the drought.  But it doesn't.  But just as they prepare to die of thirst, they see a water truck in the distance.  However, even if it saves them, some will not want to go to the mission with the truck but remain in their ancestral home.  

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Valley Writers Read
7:01 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Valerie Schultz's “Some Kind of Bee” and “Four Seasons and The Moon”

Valerie Schultz reads “Some Kind of Bee” and “Four Seasons and The Moon.”  Grandma is driving down the street when a bee blows in the window.  She's so distracted she loses concentration and wrecks the car.  Now all she can talk about is how old she is, just old enough to make funeral arrangements.  But she's in for a big surprise!

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Valley Writers Read
7:01 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Jim Benelli's “Big Joe and the Red Headed Hitchhiker” on Valley Writers Read

Jim Benelli reads “Big Joe and the Red Headed Hitchhiker.”  A beer-drinking, Buck Owens-loving truck driver is on his way to St. Louis with a load of tomatoes.  He picks up a red-headed  hitchhiker who knows all the words to Buck Owens' songs but somehow disappears after the truck has an accident out in the Mojave desert.  

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Valley Writers Read
7:41 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Debbie Everson Borofka's "Remembrance" on Valley Writers Read

Debbie Everson Borofka reads "Remembrance."  The narrator's father came down with bronchitis when he was just a baby.  So the grandparent put him in a tent with boiling water inside to supply steam.  Unfortunately, the water spilled over and scalded the baby's feet so badly that he lost them.  This accident affected family relationships for decades.

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Valley Writers Read
7:19 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Judy Ryan's "Whistle Stop" on Valley Writers Read

Judy Ryan reads “Whistle Stop.”  It's a story about Jennifer who for years didn't want to talk but only whistled.  She got pregnant, ran away from home, gave her baby up for adoption, and finally decided to look for her grandparents.  That's when she thought she found her grandfather—who really wasn't.  

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Valley Writers Read
5:04 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

The Masumoto Family's "The Perfect Peach" on Valley Writers Read

The Perfect Peach
Ten Speed Press

Three members of the Masumoto family, Mas, his wife Marcy, and daughter Nikiko read “The Perfect Peach.”  They tell us what it takes to grow peaches and grapes on their productive farm in Del Rey and describe how they tend to their land and how to enjoy the results of their labor—especially those delicious peaches!

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Valley Writers Read
7:35 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Steve Yarbrough's "A Life of Ease" on Valley Writers Read

Steve Yarbrough
Credit http://steveyarbrough.net/

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story titled "A Life of Ease" by acclaimed novelist Steve Yarbrough. John Grisham wrote of Yarbrough, [he is] "wickedly observant, funny, cynical, evocative, and he possesses a gift that cannot be taught: he can tell a story." 

Yarbrough's 2004 novel "Prisoners of War" was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and his 1999 novel "The Oxygen Man" won the California Book Award.  He taught at Fresno State from 1988 - 2009. Yarbrough's story is about a minister in a small church in Mississippi and his interactions with his parishioners. 

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Valley Writers Read
12:30 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

“The Yellow Dressing Room” and “Back Stage” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Fresno author Sally Stallings reads two stories about Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet.  The author gives us a good look at what happened to both young and old—both backstage and out front at various Christmas performances of the popular ballet.  

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Valley Writers Read
12:08 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

“Born Again Golfer” and “Golf! A Four-Lettered Word” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, our program revolves around the sport of golf with two stories by local authors. In Angelo Angarano's “Born Again Golfer,” we hear what happened to an avid golfer when he enlisted a Zen Buddhist golf pro to help him answer an important question. And in David Creighton's story “Golf!  A Four-Lettered Word”  the author describes what happened to a golfer who dumped three consecutive golf shots right into the middle of a lake.

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Valley Writers Read
12:07 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

"Military Cemetery" and "Leaving Rapunzel's Window" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear two stories from two local authors. Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco resides in Merced and reads her own story, titled "Military Cemetery." It tells us about an encounter between two young women and a couple of men they met at a bar, one of whom has a shocking announcement. The second story, "Leaving Rapunzel's Window" by Fresno author Anne Leath Biggs describes the author's childhood in a middle-class neighborhood on Michigan Avenue in Fresno.  

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Valley Writers Read
12:24 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Valerie Schultz's “The Rufus Gene” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by Tehachapi author Valerie Schultz titled "The Rufus Gene." The story is about a the adventures of family who move into an upscale neighborhood and their mixed-breed dog Rufus. 

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Valley Writers Read
10:38 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Ed Miller's "Blur" on Valley Writers Read

This week on our program, Fresno author Ed Miller reads his story "Blur" is about a dinner date that went sour. Find out what happened in this intense edition of Valley Writers Read. 

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Valley Writers Read
11:57 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Susan Norman's “Learning the Ropes” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by Oakhurst author Susan Norman titled "Learning the Ropes." It's about CJ, a precocious teenaged girl who had been sent to a school for delinquents. The parents come to see their daughter on visiting day and watch the youngsters climb a complicated jungle gym.  That afternoon, CJ's mother decides to climb the jungle gym herself.  This forebodes some big changes in family relationships. KVPR's Leigh Murray reads this story.

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Valley Writers Read
11:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Jim Benelli's “Spaghetti Farming In Kansas” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Auberry author James Benelli reads his story "Spaghetti Farming In Kansas." This is a satirical story about a millionaire, Nick Worthmore and his wife Penny who, when they stop to get their car repaired in Kansas, wind up on an unexpected adventure.

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Valley Writers Read
11:50 am
Wed May 1, 2013

David Borofka's “Mid Clair” on Valley Writers Read

Local author David Borofka
Credit Reedley College

Clovis author David Borofka reads his story about Professor Grimshaw whose wife was in the habit of insulting him all the time-- so much so that he moves into the garage and sleeps in the Buick.  But things get even more complicated for Mr. Grimshaw, on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

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Valley Writers Read
1:09 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

"Vineyards of the San Joaquin Valley" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by Madera author Earline Holguin, titled "Vineyards of the San Joaquin Valley." This memoir recalls life on a grape ranch right next to the San Joaquin River, and gives the listener insights into agricultural life in the Central Valley.

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Valley Writers Read
12:58 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

"Two Women" by Anne Richards Da Vigo on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by Fresno State graduate and current Sacramento resident Anne Richards Da Vigo.  She reads her own story. “Two Women.” While Naomi is elderly, wealthy and bossy, her nurse Mary, is just the opposite; she is patient, compassionate and sympathetic.  

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Valley Writers Read
1:28 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Stephen Gutierrez's "Valley Song" and Charlie Warnes' "Branch Office From Hell"

Stephen D. Gutierrez

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear two stories from local authors. Our program begins with "Valley Song" a short story from Stephen D. Gutierrez, winner of a 2010 American Book Award for his book "Live from Fresno y Los." Gutierrez, who now teaches at CSU East Bay, previously taught at Fresno City College. In “Valley Song” we hear a story about the life and struggles of Mexican-American boxer. 

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Valley Writers Read
9:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

"Take Me to the River" on Valley Writers Read

Take Me to the River
Credit Heyday Books

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear several short stories from the book "Take Me to the River: Fishing, Swimming, and Dreaming on the San Joaquin." This collection of stories about the San Joaquin River was edited by Joell and Coke Halowell. The book is the result of a decade long series of interviews with people who have deep connections to the river.

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Valley Writers Read
1:41 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Franz Weinschenk's “Catherine Haw Chin” on Valley Writers Read

Host and author Franz Weinschenk reads his story entitled “Home Room” which is about the lives of the author's former students at Edison High School in Fresno, Catherine Haw Chin. She worked for the Fresno County Courts for well over 40 years. 

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