Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author Hope Nisly recalls her childhood. Growing up with six cousins in a small Iowa town, Hope remembers the assassination of President Kennedy and the night on the couch following the shooting of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Twenty years ago this month, the hills of Kern County became the focus of the international art community, with the temporary installation of over a thousand giant yellow umbrellas along The Grapevine. Now, two decades later, while the umbrellas are long gone, the event remains fresh in the minds of many. FM89’s Joe Moore has this report. 

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, James Varner recalls the career of his uncle, Bakersfield's Claude Varner, the ex-Featherweight Boxing Champion of the world.

It was like a coming out party for the newest group of writers to join the literary world. Amid the bright lights of Fresno’s Tower Theatre, an event billed as the official launch of the book “How Do I Begin” was held.

Fresno writer Mas Masumoto called the publishing of the anthology of poetry and stories written Hmong-Americans in the Central Valley a historic moment. “I think tonight is historic because it’s a community capturing their voices, and the voices are allowed to be passed down through story, especially in a book form.”

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On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Franz Weinschenk reads his story, "The Dean's Dinghy", which describes a tough day in the Dean's office at Fresno City College.

This week, on Valley Writers Read, author Jim Ashford recalls many amusing and entertaining anecdotes that he experienced as legal counsel for California's legislature for 30 years with his short story "Capitol Follies".

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Evelyne Holingue. In "I Am An American", Holingue describes how she came to the United States from France and all of the cultural differences she faced.

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Eugene Zumwalt shares his memories of the university administration closure of the English Department at Fresno State during the height of the Vietnam War in "Beyond the Roses". 

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Oscar G. Williams tells his thrilling story of an office manager named Paul, who has a scheme to defraud the company by having his secretary file a harassment claim. Together, they plan to take the money and run away to Europe, but his wife has other ideas.

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Joan Newcomb reads two stories, "Bad Things Do Happen to Good People" and "A Journey of Courage". Both stories are about a woman named Lida Mae who lives in a tough neighborhood.