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Episode 45: Ron Reikki

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Ron Reikki and I had a great conversation about his work, his life, and our common experiences.  He is an indigenous writer with many writing credits. He's studied with Anne Beattie, John Casey, Rita Dove and Charles Wright, to name a few. He also hung out with actor, Sean Penn! Do give a listen and learn about this fascinating writer!


http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com/episodes https://rariekki.webs.com/ You can order Posttraumatic here: https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781732336162/posttraumatic-a-memoir.aspx You can order "My Ancestors Are Reindeer Hers and I am Melting in Extinction" here: https://www.amazon.com/Ancestors-Reindeer-Herders-Melting-Extinction/dp/1627202102

"In My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I am Melting in Extinction, Ron Riekki presents a collection of non-fiction, short stories, and poetry about the Karelian- and Saami-American experience. In true nomadic fashion, his writing takes the reader to Kuusamo, Utah, Berkeley, the Upper Peninsula of…

Episode 44: Frederick-Douglass Knowles II

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This week I am talking to the inaugural Hartford Poet Laureate, Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, whom I've known personally for many years because I also claim Norwich as my "hometown", and as colleagues, we have seen each other "grow up" in the literary scene. Listen to Frederick-Douglass talk about how it was growing up in Norwich and his evolution from spoken word, to the academics, and onto the literary page.  He is prolific with literary and social justice projects literally all over the world while performing his Hartford Poet Laureate duties.  So, listen in. You'll be inspired!
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http://frederickdouglassknowles.com You can purchase BlackRoseCity here:  https://www.amazon.com/BlackRoseCity-Frederick-Douglass-Knowles-II/dp/1456729535

Bio:   Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is the inaugural Poet Laureate for Hartford, CT. His collection of poetry, BlackRoseCity, was featured at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing …

Episode 43: Suzanne Frischkorn

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Suzanne Frischkorn is a talented and prolific poet living in Connecticut, my home state. Listen to her explain how she got into poetry and the poetry scene and what influenced her work and the many similarities that we shared "growing up" in CT as women writers and poets in our formative years.
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You can purchase Girl on a Bridge here: https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/girl-on-a-bridge/
Poem from Girl on a Bridge ---
Great Lash
               You wear too much eye makeup. My sister wears too much. People think she's a whore.
Our cornfields were paved in asphalt, sulfur
lights snuffed our stars. When one of us had
no shoes, we went barefoot, walking streets
laid with tar. First we coated lashes blackest
black from tubes of green and pink, our eyes
lined kohl. If it was Thursday we found
boyfriends and waited by the liquor store for
anyone to buy us Smirnoff. Anyone at all.
We were not sweet girls.
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We were not sweet girls, yet we wore sil…

Episode 42: Tony Remington

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Tony Remington is a photographer and painter who practices many other art forms. Listen to us discuss his humanistic photojournalist style and portraiture, his vision and desire to continue to create in many genres such as cartooning. 

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https://tonyremington.wixsite.com/mysite


Article on the Al Robles Express, 2019, by Lisa Suguitan Melnick:  http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/the-al-robles-express-is-on-the-right-track
Article on Tony Remington's exhibit by Carlos Zialcita: http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/tony-remingtons-launching-point-to-fil-am-consciousness
Bio:
Tony Remington grew up in San Francisco's Haight/Ashbury and has lived in many parts of San Francisco such as Daly City and West Oakland. Although he had experience many Balikbayan trips to the Philippines with his parents, in 2005 he began a series of extended visits to the Philippines that accumulated to more than seven years.
In …

Episode 41 - John Davis, Jr.

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John Davis Jr. is a Floridian poet residing in the Tampa Bay area. He has been writing and publishing for about 20 years.  Listen to us discuss how the Florida landscape and his love for travel influences his work and about his future projects.  http://yourartsygirlpodcast.com


http://poetjohndavisjr.com
You can purchase "Hard Inheritance" here:
https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Inheritance-John-Davis-Jr/dp/1944355197/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1508088573&sr=8-2&keywords=Hard+Inheritance


You can order "Middle Class American Proverb here:
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Bio: John Davis Jr. is a Florida poet. His books include Hard Inheritance (Five Oaks Press, 2016), Middle Class American Proverb (Negative Capability Press, 2014), and two other collections. His poems have been published internationally, with appearances in magazines like Nashvi…

Episode 40: Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo

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Listen to my interview with Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo, currently residing in Hawai‘i, an amazing poet with raw insight and stories. I had the chance to meet him out in San Francisco in October at the 5th Annual Filipino American International Book Festival where I learned of his work and found out that we also share some interesting parallels and intersections. Listen to him read and discuss his poems from his debut full-length poetry collection, "Leaving Our Shadows Behind Us" published by Bamboo Ridge Press in 2019.

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Me & Elmer at the 5th Annual Filipino American International Book Festival in San Francisco, October 2019, organized by PAWA, Inc. & San Francisco Public Library.


You can order his book here at: Bamboo Ridge Press

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SIBULAN
Negros Oriental, Philippines

At the mouth of the sea
where the Ocoy River ends,
brown bodies of naked boys
pop in and out of the swirling
water, like fish g…

Episode 39: Nick Flynn

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Nick Flynn agreed to come on YourArtsyGirlPodcast, so I got a chance to pick his brains a little! We talk about his upbringing, the production of his film, "Being Flynn" that was based on his famed memoir "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City", some of his writing process, his new work, as well as hear him answer a question posed by one of my listeners, P.K. Harmon out in Guam. 





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https://wwnorton.com/books/Another-Bullshit-Night-in-Suck-City
Bio:  Nick Flynn has worked as a ship's captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults.  He is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times best-selling memoir "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City".  His most recent book is "I Will Destroy You" (Graywolf, 2019).  He has received fellowships from (among o…