Marsha de la O’s latest book, Antidote for Night, won the 2015 Isabella Gardner Award and was published by BOA Editions. Her first book, Black Hope, was awarded the New Issues Press Poetry Prize. She has published extensively, including recent poems in The New Yorker and forthcoming poems in The Kenyon Review. De La O lives in Ventura, California, with her husband, poet and editor Phil Taggart. Together, they produce poetry readings and events in Ventura County and are also the new editors of the literary journal Spillway.
Our annual cartoon show that features music from early cartoons from the 1930s thru 60s, with background stories, hosted by Animation Historian Jerry Beck. This years show features a special tribute to Mickey Mouse and many other goodies. Enjoy!
Jerry Beck is a writer, animation producer, college professor and author of more than 15 books on animation history. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney, and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He has curated cartoons for DVD and blu-ray compilations and has lent his expertise to dozens of bonus documentaries and audio commentaries on such. Beck is on the faculty of both Woodbury University in Burbank and Cal Arts in Valencia.
Lois P. Jones, host of Pacifica Radio's Poets' Cafe, interviews producer/director of LOVING VINCENT, Hugh Welchman. A year after the death of the artist, Vincent van Gogh, Postman Roulin gets his slacker son, Armand, to hand deliver the artist's final letter to his now late brother, Theo, to some worthy recipient after multiple failed postal delivery attempts. Although disdainful of this seemingly pointless chore, Armand travels to Auvers-sure-Oise where a purported close companion to Vincent, Dr. Gachet, lives. Having to wait until the doctor returns from business, Armand meets many of the people of that village who not only knew Vincent, but were apparently also models and inspirations for his art. In doing so, Armond becomes increasingly fascinated in the psyche and fate of Van Gogh as numerous suspicious details fail to add up. However, as Armond digs further, he comes to realize that Vincent's troubled life is as much a matter of interpretation as his paintings and there are no easy answers for a man whose work and tragedy would only be truly appreciated in the future.
Hosted by M.C. Bruce
Produced by Marlena Bond
KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles
Originally broadcast on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles on 12/25/2016. Features original surviving members Phil Proctor and David Ossman. Produced by Marlena Bond
A special tribute to Austin Straus hosted by Suzanne Lummis and includes guests Laurel Ann Bogen, Cecilia Woloch, Linda Albertano and KPFK's own Uncle Ruthie. Born in Brooklyn in 1939, Austin moved to Los Angeles in 1978, and immediately settled into an ongoing renaissance of poetry in Southern California. He was the founder and cohost of “The Poetry Connexion” on KPFK-FM from 1981 to 1996. His guests included many of the most prominent poets in Los Angeles.
His books of poetry include Laureate without a Country, Drunk with Light, and Intensifications. His late wife, the poet Wanda Coleman (1946-2013), and he collaborated on a sequence of poems celebrating their three decades of marriage, The Love Project: A Marriage Made in Poetry. His poems were reprinted in many anthologies, including “Poetry Loves Poetry,” Suzanne Lummis’sGrand Passion, Charles Harper Webb’s Stand Up Poetry, Steve Kowit’s The Maverick Poets, and Men in Our Time: An Anthology of Male Poetry in Contemporary America.
Austin considered himself to be primarily a book artist, and that work can be found in many collections, including Chapman College, Occidental College, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. However, his poems will also remain a steadfast part of the community of poets he joined almost forty years ago.
Boris Dralyuk is the Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is a literary translator and holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA, where he taught Russian literature for a number of years. He has also taught at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The New Yorker, London Review of Books, The Guardian, Granta, World Literature Today, The Yale Review, New England Review, Harvard Review, Jewish Quarterly, Poetry International, and other journals. He is the author of Western Crime Fiction Goes East: The Russian Pinkerton Craze 1907-1934 (Brill, 2012) and translator of several volumes from Russian and Polish, including, most recently, Isaac Babel’s Red Cavalry (Pushkin Press, 2015) and Odessa Stories (Pushkin Press, 2016). He is also the editor of 1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution (Pushkin Press, 2016), and co-editor, with Robert Chandler and Irina Mashinski, of The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry (Penguin Classics, 2015). His website is bdralyuk.wordpress.com
DAVID FRANCIS spends part of each year back on his family’s farm in Australia. He is the author of The Great Inland Sea, published to acclaim in seven countries, and Stray Dog Winter, Book of the Year in The Advocate, winner of the American Library Association Barbara Gittings Prize for Literature and a LAMBDA Literary Award Finalist. He has taught creative writing at University of California, Los Angeles, Occidental College and in the Masters of Professional Writing program at University of Southern California. His short fiction and articles have appeared in publications including Harvard Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, Southern California Review, Best Australian Stories 2012 and 2014, Australian Love Stories, Los Angeles Times and The Rattling Wall. He is Vice President of PEN Center USA..
“Francis proves that this reckless landscape also has a darkly seductive pull . . . Domestic drama with an offbeat, rural flavor.” —Kirkus
“Compelling and honest, Wedding Bush Road is a masterful feat.” —Mary Rakow, author of This Is Why I Came
“Francis’s prose is urgent and at times breathless, packed with sense-rich descriptions. Poetic images swirl off the page . . . Wedding Bush Road envelopes us in a strange world where nothing can be taken for granted. This is a rich, beautifully textured novel, unforgettable in its setting and the people who live there.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
“David Francis writes with precision and sensitivity about that most complicated of subjects: Home. Amid unforgettable landscapes and characters that are both beautiful and violent, Wedding Bush Road grapples with discontent and restlessness. Francis turns a sharp but generous eye on those who won’t leave and those who can’t stay, reminding us that family can be the most dangerous place of all.” —Mark Sarvas, author of Harry, Revised
“Here’s an Australia so tactile that the page itself begins to feel textured. Francis ably tells a story of a man’s internal struggle as expressed through conflicts as rooted and primal as the soil. A dynamic and inviting read.” —Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master
“I have known David Francis and his work for a long time, and I think Wedding Bush Road is his best book yet!” —Jane Smiley
“With an eye for the transcendent detail, and a pitch perfect ear, David Francis gorgeously summons a farm in rural Australia. The wonderfully complex relationships among its inhabitants reflect nothing less than the tensions wrought by the country’s fractious history of colonialism. Who belongs to the land and to whom does the land belong? These are the uneasy questions raised by this searching, lovely novel.” —Marisa Silver, author of Mary Coin
“A psychologically acute tale of the decline of a patrician Australian family and the forces arrayed against them. Class, sex and land knit together in this compellingly modern take on a timeless struggle. Gorgeous, dangerous and utterly captivating.”
—Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and Paint It Black
“Who hasn’t packed a bag and headed home? Wedding Bush Road is a beautiful, intelligent book about love, loss, and the unforgettable landscapes that made us who we are.” —David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife
“A rich and moving and resonant story about the debts we owe to the people and places of our past, with writing so evocative that it feels like burying your face in the Australian soil. David Francis has given us a masterpiece, a novel for anyone who’s ever left their hometown.” —Nathan Hill, author of The Nix
Thea Constantine sits down with her brother Brendan Constantine to discuss and read excerpts from her latest work, Stumptown. Thea was born in New York City to a family of actors and writers. She grew up in Hollywood and spent her youth in the clubs and streets of Los Angeles before finally settling in Portland Oregon. In between adventures, she has worked as an award winning performer, filmmaker, playwright, and giant shrimp. She is a certified facilitator in the AWA method and does weekly writers workshops with PDX Writers. Her short stories have been published in a number of journals, magazines and anthologies.
“You will come to care about this deeply flawed but charming cast of outsiders – like family.” ~ Lesann Berry, author of Passing Judgement, Alternate Endings, and Ambushing the Vigilante
"You’ve seen them darting from street corners and nightclub back alleys, the squatters and addicts, the underage strippers who’ve barely felt their first crush, the hustlers and millennial Cinderellas of the not always velvet underground aching for magic and surrogate connection. Thea Constantine is a Lou Reed for the Pacific Northwest, deep in the thrall of the characters she’s set in motion, and in her skillful and weirdly redeeming crosshatch of modern Portland’s days and nights, we may also see flashes of who we’re busiest avoiding: ourselves." – Alan Rifkin, author of Signal Hill and Burdens by Water
"It's been two weeks since I finished Thea Constantine's 'Stumptown,' and her characters are all still with me. We like being around each other. The place I live is not far from Portland, evidently." - Allan MacDonell, author of 'Prisoner of X' and 'Punk Elegies'