Arts & Culture

Valley Writers Read
4:36 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

A Remarkable Tragedy, Long Walk to the Showers

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Christine Autrand Mitchell reads her story A Remarkable Tragedy, which tells how a family's life is changed by the sudden death of a father and son. Also this week, Howell Hurst reads Long Walk To the Showers, the story of a homeless man trying to rebuild his life.

Valley Writers Read
2:10 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Larry Warkentin - Are We There Yet

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Larry Warkentin reads his story, Are We There Yet?, a fictionalized tale about a group of Mennonites and their journey across the Atlantic to the New World.

Arts & Culture
10:48 am
Sat December 10, 2011

Flora Beach Burlingame's "A Teacher of the Freedmen"

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by Flora Beach Burlingame, called "A Teacher of the Freedmen." The story is a biography of the author's grandfather, John Stevenson, who volunteered to educate freed slaves after the Civil War.

Valley Writers Read
7:45 am
Wed November 23, 2011

"Auf Wiedersehen, My Love" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear Jerry Fisher tell his story "Auf Wiedersehen, My Love" of a fictional World War II pilot who bails out over Germany, where he befriends a German woman and then is interned in a POW camp.

Valley Writers Read
7:41 am
Wed November 16, 2011

"Margaret's War - Lots of Moving and Air Raids" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Margaret Garrett Irwin we hear Margaret Garret Irwin's story  "Margaret's War - Lots of Moving and Air Raids." You'll hear her recollections as a young girl growing up in London during World War II. Margaret recalls frightening air raids, the incendiary bomb and V2 rockets.

Valley Writers Read
7:52 am
Sat November 12, 2011

On Valley Writers Read: Ed Miller - Lost Roads Going Nowhere

This week on Valley Writers Read, we will hear a story by local author Ed Miller, called "Lost Roads Going Nowhere." You'll hear the story of Slater, whose life is a downward spiral, with affairs, a divorce, addiction, prison and more.

Hope Nisly
1:10 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Hope Nisly's "Cousins" on Valley Writers Read

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.

Arts & Culture
7:36 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Christo's Umbrellas still fresh in memory, 20 years later

In October 1991, Vikki Cruz was just 11 years old, but the current curator of the Bakersfield Museum of Art remembers one trip up Interstate 5 that year very well.

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Valley Writers Read
6:48 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

James Varner's "Uncle Dudley" on Valley Writers Read

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.

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Arts & Culture
6:39 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Hmong writers celebrate with new literary anthology

How Do I Begin, a new anthology of work by Hmong American writers.

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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Valley Writers Read
6:41 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Franz Weinschenk's "The Dean's Dinghy" on Valley Writers Read

Franz Weinschenk
Credit Michael Karibian / Educational Employees Credit Union

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.

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Valley Writers Read
12:29 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Jim Ashford's "Capitol Follies" on Valley Writers Read

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".

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Valley Writers Read
9:39 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Evelyne Holingue's "I Am An American" on Valley Writers Read

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.

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Valley Writers Read
1:39 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Gene Zumwalt's "Beyond the Roses" on Valley Writers Read

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". 

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Valley Writers Read
8:37 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Oscar G. Williams' "Harassment" on Valley Writers Read

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.

Valley Writers Read
5:57 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

"Bad Things Do Happen to Good People" and "A Journey of Courage" on Valley Writers Read

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.

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Valley Writers Read
11:11 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Michael Bowler's "Dump Truck" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Michael Bowler, titled "Dump Truck." Hal Bolen reads the story about an attorney who leaves the rat race and realizes his dream of becoming a public defender. 

Valley Writers Read
5:56 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Charlotte Abrams "The Watcher" on Valley Writers Read

In Charlotte Abrams' story "The Watcher", a woman named Maddie develops a relationship with her 90-year-old neighbor named Bernard, on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

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Valley Writers Read
1:31 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Howard Hendrix's "A Bridge Across the Lethe" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Howard Hendrix brings us a science fiction story, "A Bridge Across the Lethe". The story is about a character who is cured from a concussion through the miracles of modern medicine.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Poet Laureate Philip Levine Speaks of Fresno, Unemployment

Last week the Library of Congress named Fresno poet Philip Levine the nation’s 18th Poet Laureate. A native of Detroit, Levine moved to Fresno in the 1950’s to teach English at Fresno State, where he founded the university’s creative writing program, and helped foster the San Joaquin Valley’s rich poetry community. In 1991 his collection "What Work Is" won the National Book Award, and in 1995, his book "The Simple Truth" was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

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