This month Writers On the Air is hosting two multi-talented poets and authors, Maceo Montoya and Javier O. Huerta. Please see their bios below. The theme this month was chosen by these poets, an interesting one indeed. For Our Future Biographers. Imagine someone who may not know you or only knows one part of you (your writing) and they decide to do a biography of you. Take it from there.
Maceo Montoya’s paintings, drawings, and prints have been featured in exhibitions and publications throughout the country as well as internationally. He has published three works of fiction, The Scoundrel and the Optimist (2010),The Deportation of Wopper Barraza (2014)and You Must Fight Them: A Novella and Stories (2015), as well as Letters to the Poet from His Brother (2014), a hybrid book combining images, prose poems, and essays. His most recent publication is Chicano Movement for Beginners, a work of graphic nonfiction. Montoya is an associate professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis where he teaches the Chicana/o Mural Workshop and courses in Chicano Literature. www.maceomontoya.com
Javier O. Huerta
Javier O. Huerta is a Mexican American and Chicano poet. His first book Some Clarifications y otros poemas (Arte Publico 2007) was awarded the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from the University of California at Irvine. Javier is also the author of American Copia. Huerta was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and immigrated to the United States with his mother and younger brother, crossing the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo) in 1981. In 1986, he gained legal residency under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and became a US citizen in January 2000 after serving four years in the United States Navy. As of 2012, he resides in the Bay Area, California. Huerta also studies the laughter of poetry in the English PhD program at the University of California at Berkeley, where he teaches the following courses, “Politics and Poetics of Refusal,” “Documents and the Literature of the Undocumented,” and “Laughter and Literature.”
On April 21st WOA will host an Open Mic with Featured Readers Mary McGrath and Tim McHargue, two storytellers as well as poets and prose writers.
Mary McGrath has been a strong voice in the storytelling community for many years. She taught a class, “The Art of Storytelling” at City College, and has produced three storytelling festivals for UNICEF and two festivals for Project Heifer. She, along with poet Sue Daly run a monthly program of storytelling and poetry at the Avid Reader on Broadway (last Friday of the month), and she has been nominated for the Oracle Award by the National Storytelling Network in 2018. This year she produced a multimedia program as a tribute to Peig Sayers, the Queen of Irish Storytelling, for the Irish American Crossroads Festival in San Francisco. She is committed to the creation of community through storytelling, and looks for the hearth where the story can live. She enjoys telling original created works, as well as folklore and mythology.
Tim McHargue has published three books of prose poetry, Typography of the Flesh: Thirty Prose Poems; Bali Rain Psalm: The Bali Prose Poems; and Wig Bubbles. He has also published freelance articles on art, entertainment, and social issues in numerous publications in the Sacramento area. He plays guitar and composes songs, and produced a CD of his original music called “Into the Real.” Tim has been exploring the intersection of writing, art and music and has engaged in performance art using multimedia at various venues. For his day job, Tim is a school psychologist, counselor and director of disability services at Folsom Lake College. Finally, he has a book of stories called “Strange Dances: Reflections on Counseling International Students in Indonesia, ” written while living in Jakata, on the island of Java, where it was difficult to find a good cup of coffee.
The optional theme for this Open Mic will be to write/produce, practice and stand up and tell a 5-7 minute story of any genre you want. Stories can of course be autobiographical (maybe with a little fictional twist), or just downright lies (fiction). Remember this is optional because we’d just like to see you there.
Please RSVP Yes or No. Open mic’ers need to sign up early.
Come and listen to two local Sacramento writers. Both Frederick and Katya have published numerous novels, short stories, and poetry.
Frederick hosts a local writing and critique group. You can find some of his work here at Writers On the Air as well as at his blog.
Katya’s work can also be found here as well as at her website.
Since 2014 Frederick has published over two- hundred stories and poems including literary, science fiction, fables, and horror genres. Frederick has published two short story collections, For the Sake of Soul, (2015) and, Crossroads Encounters, (2016). Frederick hosts the Prose and Poetry Meet Up group and is a member of the INK writers workshop and is currently preparing a short story collection manuscript.
To see a list of Frederick’s publications, go to https://fkfoote.wordpress.com/Frederick Foote
Girl Without Borders and other novels.
I am an Independent Author, Blogger, Novelist, and Social Worker. I like silence and intermittent noise. I like mostly sunshine between great storms. I feel good when devoted to something. I love a little ritual madness. I probably seem a little off. I hope I always am. I wanna keep my heart in the right place. I like to get in and out of self. I believe in freedom of self-expression, and I work very hard at my craft. I hope you take the time to read something I wrote. I try and keep the language fresh, and experiment. The one and only common element is my style, which cements the language.
Though I often keep to myself, I have been inspired by community. We can leave the splicers and spammers and false prophets to spin out their karma through nefarious or sorry undertakings. Let them be common and transparent. I try and be nice and practice loving kindness, but not at the expense of honesty. My prayers go out to anyone who perpetrates ill will, online or off.
Inspire me, inspire you. Please share and reshare my work, so to inspire others! All of my writings / photos / videos / songs are naturally copyrighted K. Some of my Youtube videos are attributed to Creative Commons. My opinions and expressions are meant to raise consciousness, generate energy and deepen understanding. And sometimes I just need to let go. – KatYa
The open mic is open to the public. Readings are recorded and published here and played at KUBU 96.5 LP-FM station in Sacramento. Streamed at accesssacramento.org-the voice- and mobile app KUBU 96.5
On May 20th, 2017 Writers On the Air will host it’s monthly open mic. WOA Open Mics are open to those members of Writers On the Air Meetup and the public. We record original work-including poetry, prose, storytelling, song. Readings are limited to five – ten minutes. Each month there is a featured guest. Please see Writers On the Air Meetup as well as this site for updates and other information
Azin Sametipour is a child of the Iranian revolution and its aftermath, born in Tehran before moving to the United States eighteen years later. She earned her bachelors degree in education from Cambridge College and began pursuing her life long dream of becoming a writer. People, especially women and their changing relationship with society, each other and history fascinate her and provide the inspiration to her work. Her debut novel, Tehran Moonlight, set in contemporary Iran, was awarded a starred review by Publishers Weekly and Best in the House by Authors in the House@ Grubstreet/Muse 2015 Boston. She currently lives in Northern California with her family.
Resist is a new gallery of political writing/audio. I welcome any recorded original, creative work submissions to this gallery as I feel the need to have our voices heard in this new political environment.
The gun violence in schools and in the US, in general, is sickening, disturbing, and becoming far too common. Piker Press expresses my point of view in “Final Exam” at
Killer i,ii,iii by Katya Mills
“killer i: a killer dies by taking life. when you must take a life to have it, you have little life to begin with, to need it so bad. and then to steal that which is not yours, you confirm you have no guts.”
killer ii: a killer is lost like a river wandered off became a stream then an eddy then a trickle until it dropped off the face of the earth and dried up into nothing, so far from the source was it
killer iii: they will not ever be who they were before they killed. the part of them that had a chance to be anything other than cold-blooded is gone with the light in their eyes