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AL YOUNG at San Francisco’s Open Mic Poetry Podcast TV, hosted by Clara Hsu and John Rhodes | Spring 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 Al reads from Offline Love, his latest poem collection as yet unpublished.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 JosĂ© 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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