Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Both Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller have shared the pain of losing a child to addiction. On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear them read their story, Griefland- An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss and Unlikely Friendship.  They share the tragedy of their loss and how their grief helped build their friendship.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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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