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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This week on Valley Writers Read we hear local author Hank Palmer read an autobiographical account of life growing up on a large Iowa farm.  Palmer's story documents how he gained an appreciation for the natural world of sunrises, sunsets, rain and wind, growing farm products like wheat, corn and hay, and all about how to raise chickens, cattle, pigs, and horses.

This week on Valley Writers Read, we here a moving story by Kern County author Valerie Schultz titled "Apology." Hear the author read this story about love and loss.

This week on Valley Writers read, we hear "The Drive" - a story by local author Kevin H. Shah, about a family vacation that doesn't go as planned. 

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story about relationships by local author Marilyn Larson "Down Old 99." 

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Liza Weiland titled “Purgatory.” In it we hear about the challenges one woman faces in her life and a big decision that confronts her. 

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a short story by local author Bob Hudgens, about a loveable Labrador Retriever named Baxter, and the role he played in the lives of generations of people. The story is read by the author and Suzanne Watkins. 

This week on Valley Writers Read, Anne Marcella reads “Miss Carmen.”  The story is about Carmen, an immigrant from Chile, who worked here in the Central Valley as a housekeeper for several wealthy society women .  But just because she's a servant, doesn't mean that she's servile.  Oh, no!  Just the opposite.  She falls in love with Manuel; but he has other ideas.

This week on Valley Writers Read, Jacklin and Ed Hibler read “Oh, Those Gutsy Geezers.”  You'll hear a story  about a retired couple who, after working many years, thought they were ready to retire, but, because they unfortunately had lost all their money, had to start over again. They get many bizarre jobs working for eccentric bosses.

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear two stories:  Kathryn Johnstone reads “Two Surgeries, One Voice” and Ed Miller reads “Done Deal.”  The first story is about two operations – one went just fine, the other, very much awry.  The second story is about Nash, a sleazy criminal type, who wants to sell a car full of stolen goods over in Richmond, but barely survives a physical attack by the supposed buyers of the contraband.

This week on Valley Writers Read, author Burlee Vang reads his story “Polaroids of Tom.”  The story is about the author's younger brother Tom who was born with a fatal deformity.  He lived for only a week.   And then we learn that when his mother went to get a re-fill for the medicine she'd been taking, she was told  it was the wrong medicine.  So we're left to wonder if the medicine she'd been taking had anything to do with the baby's demise.

This week on Valley Writers Read, local author C.B. Mosher reads his story “Med School Culture Shock.”   The program deals with what it takes to become a licensed medical doctor.  Our author, who is a physician, describes the struggles he faced going to med school.  You have to pass many lecture and lab classes that familiarize you with medical concepts, practices and  procedures – not to mention residences in various hospitals.

This week on Valley Writers Read, local author Randy Sibley reads his story “Elegy.”  The story two American soldiers who are scrambling through the jungle when a sudden event changes their lives forever.

This time on Valley Writers Read, local author Craig Bernthal reads a story of his entitled "Perfection at Badaxe."  

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This week on Valley Writers Read, Joel Pickford reads from his book “Soul Calling, a Photographic Journey Through the Hmong Diaspora.”  The author gives us a great deal of information about the Hmong community of Central California.  He tells us about their lives in prison camps after the Vietnam War, and how many escaped to Thailand and then came to America.

This week's program is all about the folks who came out west from America's dust bowl in the mid thirties.  It features several poems and a short story written by the leading writer of that group, Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel.  We actually get to hear her read one of her poems.  Most of the program is taken up by a short story of hers entitled “The Ketchup Bottle.”

This week on Valley Writers Read, Oscar G. Williams reads “It's Coming.”  A science fiction story.  A very strange object in outer space is headed our way, and the astronomers decide it's a huge black hole which has a good chance of colliding with our galaxy.  So all the nations start building spacecraft in hopes of saving humanity if what's out there dislodges the earth from its regular orbit.

This week writer David Borofka reads his story “The Nothing Between Us.”  Two young hippies fall in love and marry, but their marriage doesn't last very long.  They divorce and remarry others.  Years later, after the girl's husband passes away and the boy's marriages fail, they somehow re-connect, and we're left to wonder if there is any love left.

This week on Valley Writers Read, local author Janet Nichols Lynch reads her story “My Beautiful Hippie.”  We get to meet a family who lived in the Haight-Ashbury District in San Francisco during the Vietnam War.  The daughter becomes interested in a hippie, but the rest of the family can't stand him. 

On this week's Valley Writers Read, Lillian Faderman reads from her book “Naked In The Promised Land.”  Originally her family came from Poland, but now, even though she still sees him, the mother's husband has left and denies being the baby's father.  In the end, the mother, her baby, and the mother's sister decide to start life over again in California.

This program features a story by Paul Hernandez entitled  “Nampay the Amazonian.” Nampay is a popular musician who becomes world famous and revered.  The story is read by several of his associates -- his promoter, his pilot, a fellow musician, a fan, and even the man who constructed his wonderful guitar.

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