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AL YOUNG at San Francisco’s Open Mic Poetry Podcast TV, hosted by Clara Hsu and John Rhodes | Spring 2013

Thursday, March 28th, 2013


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Co-host Clara Hsu interviews featured poet Al Young at San Francisco’s Open Mic Poetry Podcast TV show produced by co-host John Rhodes. Al reads from Offline Love, his latest poem collection as yet unpublished. Other poet guests included Jack Foley, Cassandra Dallett and Martin Hickel. | March 26, 2013

The illustrious Al Young, Poet Laureate of California from 2005-2008 reads today (March 26) on both Clara Hsu’s and John Rhodes’ segments of Poetry TV. Here is one of the shorter bios of Al Young from the Poetry Foundation: Poet, novelist, and professor Al Young was born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He attended the University of Michigan before moving to the San Francisco Bay area, where he earned a BA in Spanish from the University of California-Berkeley. Young often reads to musical accompaniment, and his poetry reflects his interest in music, specifically jazz and blues, as well as his life in California. His collections of poetry are Dancing (1969), The Song Turning Back Into Itself (1971), The Blues Don’t Change: New and Selected Poems (1982), Heaven: Collected Poems, 1956-1990 (1992), The Sound of Dreams Remembered: Poems, 1990-2000 (2001), Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons: Poems, 2001-2006 (2006), and Something About the Blues: An Unlikely Collection of Poetry (2008). Young has written several musical memoirs: Bodies & Soul (1981), winner of the American Book Award; Kinds of Blue (1984); Things Ain’t What They Used to Be (1987); and Drowning in the Sea of Love (1995). He is also the author of five novels, including Who Is Angelina? (1976) and Seduction By Light (1988). Young was a Jones lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University from 1969 to 1979. Since then, he has taught at a number of universities, among them Bowling Green State University, the University of California-Santa Cruz, the University of Washington, and Rice University. He was appointed the 2002 Lurie Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at San José State University and McGee Professor of Writing at Davidson College in 2003. He has traveled globally as a cultural ambassador for the United States Information Agency and delivered lectures on literature and culture for the US Department of State. Young has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Arnold Schwarzenegger He was named poet laureate of California in 2005. He currently teaches creativity and imaginative writing at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

Part 2 of Al Young’s Open Mic Poetry Podcast reading (with co-hosts Clara Hsu & John Rhodes)

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013



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Gabriele Rico Ressman (1937-2013) in memoriam

 “We don’t stop playing because we grow old,
we grow old because we stop playing.”
Satchel Paige

You taught the world to write a natural way,

a playful way for sure. Don’t think. Just breathe.

Just undermine what’s on your mind and stay

aloof. Just hold your breath and die. Believe.

Let go and breathe back out. You’re on again.

Stories and poems we utter naturally;

text vexes us like learning the trombone.

Technique groans to get taught. You actually

danced from your left brain to your right with just

enough of the right kind of love left over

to share, to match all odds. Your lifelong lust

for learning and defiance lasts. Forever.

From Germany to California you,

light-giving Gabriele, you gave us you.

— Al Young
19 March 2013


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I’m not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star.”
— Sojourner Truth

On Living, Loving, and Dying

Suzanne Rico’s Walking Papers Blog |
A Long, Strange Family Trip


AWAY, AWAY, AWAY: In Memory of Ann McIntosh, Robert Chrisman, Gabriele Rico, Chinua Achebe

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013


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“… When you brush your teeth, the water just goes away. And nobody really thinks about where ‘away’ is, but that’s where I work—where ‘away’ is.
— Ingrid Hellebrand,

Orange County Sanitation District
(Broadcast on PRI’s “Living On Earth” in 2008)

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ANN LOWE McINTOSH (1940-2013), author, fly-fishing authority, documentary filmmaker, cable broadcast executive, arts philanthropist, friend since Al Young and Janet Coleman‘s University of Michigan days


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ROBERT CHRISMAN (1937-2013), poet and co-founding editor of The Black Scholar


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GABRIELE RICO (1937-2013), author, anthologist, Professor of English and Creative Arts, San José State University

“Gabriele the Natural Way” | A poem by Al Young in memory of his friend and former student at Stanford


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CHINUA ACHEBE (1930-2013), Nigerian-born novelist, essayist, publisher, professor


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CANARY: A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis ~ Issue Number 20, Spring 2013

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013


© Carol White

A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis

Canary is a literary journal that explores one’s engagement with the natural world. It is based on the premise that the literary arts can provide an understanding that humans are part of an integrated system. Our theme is the environmental crisis and the losses of species and habitat as a result of this ongoing disaster. Our mission is to deepen awareness of the environment and enrich the well-being of the individual and in turn society as a whole.

Editor, Gail Entrekin

Published by Hip Pocket Press
Managing Editor, Charles Entrekin
Art Editor, Carol White

All work reprinted by permission of authors

We do not inherit the land from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
— Native American Proverb

Issue Number 20, Spring 2013

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
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Members of the Memphis Repertory Orchestra performed Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’at their January 28, 2012 concert. William Langley conducts this chamber group of MRO musicians. The MRO performs regularly throughout Memphis, Tennessee — each concert is offered free of charge to give the community free access to classical music.


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A sudden midnight rainbow at work on my studio wall


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Cuban poet Nancy Morejón in a post-luncheon shot with Al Young on the day of her June 13, 2013 reading, a KPFA Event, at Berkeley’s popular La Peña Cultural Center. Joining author-translator-editor Kathleen Weaver onstage, they sat in conversation before a packed, lively house.



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SFJAZZ Center Poetry Festival
| June 6-9, 2013

Four exciting nights of poetry & jazz with Boadiba, George Brooks, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Lucha Corpi, Jack & Adelle Foley, Juan Felipe Herrera, Genny Lim, Michael McClure, Catherine Matovich, Neli Moody, Alejandro Murguía, Claire Ortalda, Dan Robbins, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed, Floyd Salas, Mary Watkins, Al Young | Produced by Ishmael Reed


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Afternoon before the gig in the swank SFJAZZ Center lobby

 “Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing” | NYTimes, June 7, 2013

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Violinist Catherine Matovich, and author Claire Ortalda


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San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro Murguía and California poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera relax before the show in the Lester Young Green Room at SFJAZZ Center.


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The passionate Lorna Dee Cervantes


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Saxophonist Francis Wong and poet-vocalist Genny Lim


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Jack & Adelle Foley | One troubador and a trobairitz make one twofer — or two troupers

Photos: Tennessee Reed

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Saxophonist George Brooks at piano alongside Beat legend Michael McClure

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Al Young, Michael McClure, Ishmael Reed: Headliners at the SFJAZZ Center’s Poetry Festival Saturday, June 8, 2013 | Read the San Francisco Examiner review


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“Dan Robbins, my man. Not only a superb bassist, but an exciting musician with ears as big as his heart.” — Al Young

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Kristin Erin Sarah CCA@SFJAZZ Kindness of Strangers

L-R | Kristin Adochio, Erin Ginder-Shaw, Sarah Bushman: three recent California College of the Arts MFA in Writing graduates come to hear their teacher sound and sing.


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A vintage Ella Fitzgerald swings “Mr. Paganini”


Chick Corea and The Vigil at Yoshi’s Oakland | April 2013

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Chick Corea and The Vigil at Yoshi’s Oakland, April 15, 2013 | L-R Chick Corea, guitarist Charles Altura, saxophonist Tim Garland, drummer Marcus Gilmore (bassist Hadrien Féraud and the conguero not yet pictured)


Wayne State University celebrates National Poetry Month in April 2013

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Bassist Marion Hayden, poets Leslie Reese, Al Young, Aurora Harris, Stephen Haven, Melba Boyd


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With M.L. Liebler poet, professor and bandleader in full fluorescence following his morning Introduction to Poetry class at Wayne State University, Detroit, April 2013


Dr. Phyllis Vroom, Deputy President of Wayne State University, a classmate and friend of Al's since high school

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With Dr. Phyllis Vroom, Deputy President of Wayne State University; a classmate and friend since high school


‘From Monadism to Nomadism: Hybrid Approaches to Cultural Productions’ (A Graduate Student Conference at UC Merced, April 12-13, 2013)

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Italy-based UC Merced graduate students Paola Di Giuseppantonio and Marco Valesi smile with Al

Graduate Student Conference with Al Young

A gathering of UC Merced Graduate students and faculty line up for festive conference shot in lush mid-April light

Al Young Speaking at UC Merced Graduate Conference

‘Culture, Torture, Nurture — Which Can Save Our Planet?’ is the title of Al Young’s keynote address delivered at UC Merced’s graduate conference, April 2013


 Poetry Out Loud California Finals 2013

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California poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Al Young, Kristin Margolis, Jonathon Bermea, and Brandon Cesmat celebrate the thrill of Round Two of California’s dramatic Poetry Out Loud finals. | Sacramento, March 25, 2013

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University of La Verne and the Huntington Library, March 2013


Al, University of La Verne Dean Jonathan Reed and our splendid Huntington Library tour guide: Laura Stalker, Avery Associate Director of the Library | March 2013

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“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love”
E.E. Cummings

Cullen to Cummings


Spring Piano Fest 2013 | University of La Verne

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Pianists-composers Reed Gratz and Gayle Serdan pose with special guest Al Young following their Two-Piano Concert of jazz & poetry, a featured Spring 2013 Piano Fest event  March at the University of La Verne’s Morgan Auditorium.




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Saucer magnolia tree in full bloom


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UP JUMPED SPRING | a poem by Al Young