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Showing posts from April, 2019

Episode 13: Gregory Phillips

This episode takes us to Los Angeles where I got a chance to talk to Dr. Gregory Phillips.  It was his exquisite photography that caught my eye and prompted me to reach out him.  You will be amazed, just as I was, when I learned he has lived a rich life and the courage it took for him to stand for his conviction as an artist with a vision. Dr. Gregory Phillips is a former English professor, who six years ago decided to leave teaching and pursue his life as an artist. He was living and teaching in Minnesota and woke up one cold, winter day and decided to move to Los Angeles to chase his dream to be an actor. That summer, he packed his car and headed west. It was the best decision he's ever made, he said. He's also a writer and photographer. In terms of his photography, it started as a hobby, some fifteen years ago. Shortly after starting, it became clear that he has an eye. Photography for him is a way to document the thin

Episode 12: Floyd Takeuchi

Floyd K. Takeuchi This episode takes us to Hawaii where I talk to photographer and writer, Floyd K. Takeuchi, about his beginnings as a photographer and writer, and his artistic philosophy on creating beautiful images of the people and places of Micronesia, Oceania, and the Pacific region. Floyd K. Takeuchi is a writer-photographer who specializes in Hawaii, Japan and Oceania. He has had five solo photo exhibits in Japan and 15 shows, mostly solo exhibits, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was awarded “Best in Show” in one of Hawaii’s largest juried photo exhibits. A collection of his photographs was acquired by the College of Micronesia-FSM as part of that college’s 25th anniversary last year. He has also had commissions to photograph in the Federated States of Micronesia and Marshall Islands for new hotel developments in those island nations. Floyd has also spent more than four decades working as a journalist and media executive in Hawaii, Guam, Fiji and Japan. He has published f

Episode 11: Aileen Cassinetto and Ivy Alvarez

Listen to this week's lively session with two featured guests at the same time!  Two fabulous Filipina poets: Aileen I. Cassinetto (Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, CA) & Ivy Alvarez (Auckland, New Zealand)! Aileen  I. Cassinetto is the third  Poet Laureate of San Mateo County , the first  Asian American  appointed to the post. She is the author of Traje de Boda (Meritage Press, 2010) and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems (Our Own Voice & Little Dove Books, 2018), as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. She is also co-publisher of  Paloma Press , an independent literary press established in 2016. Ivy Alvarez  is a Fellow of MacDowell Colony (US), and Hawthornden (UK). Her work is widely published and anthologised, including two appearances in the  Best Australian Poems  series.  With poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean, she is a three-time P

Episode 10: Jo Reyes-Boitel

Jo Reyes-Boitel is a poet, essayist and playwright. Listen to us discuss her new book "Michael + Josephine: a novel in verse" and as she explains how she got the inspiration for the book, how she got her start in writing and performance art, and why she helps other aspiring writers in her community.  Bio: Jo Reyes-Boitel  received her BA at University of Texas at San Antonio and she received her Bachelor’s in American Studies in 2007 where she focused on ethnic music expressions within dominant culture.  Her publications include Scalawag Journal (forthcoming), Windward Review (forthcoming), La Voz de Esperanza, Chachalaca Review, San Antonio Express-News, Dismantle (a VONA anthology) and Borderlands, to name a few. Her performances include a one-woman performance piece, “this body” at W-I-P (Work In Progress), at Jump-start Performance Company, February 2019,“Nahual”, a one act play, written and directed for World Theater Day 2014, with one night only perfor