This weekend, The Phenomenauts, a self-described "Rocket Roll" band from Oakland, California (which they dub "Earth's Capital"), plays three shows in the Tri-Counties area, courtesy of Guardsmen Productions: on Friday, January 3rd, at O'Sullivan's Pub in Santa Maria (with The Triggers and The Luck); Saturday, January 4th, at Billy O's in Ventura [...]
2013 has been the kind of year for Sojourner Kincaid Rolle that seems like it just needs to keep going into 2014 without so much as a breath. Mellow Yellow Global Umbrella book and audio from Lucky Penny Press! Her television show, Outrageous Women, added to the UCSB Library Digital Archives! A new home for Poetry Zone at Granada Books! There's a [...]
Ho ho ho, holiday or no, there's Writers' Cafe radio! Tune in for poet Paul Willis, a Santa Barbara Poet Laureate and professor at Westmont College. Paul reads poems from his new book, Say This Prayer into the Past, as well as sharing a Christmas Eve favorite from Thomas Hardy. As a parent, professor, and passionate observer of the world, Paul [...]
As a teacher of literature and creative writing at the UCSB College of Creative Studies and host of the acclaimed Lit Symposium, Caroline Allen talks about gentle guidance and her unexpected punk life in Los Angeles. It's always the unexpected, isn't it? The writer as the outsider's outsider, co-hosted by Amy Boutell. Also, UCSB Reads has [...]
On this episode of Writers' Cafe, George Yatchisin dishes about being an educator, a food and wine writer, a press release pro, a muse, and more. Hosted by Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Chryss Yost. This episode originally aired on December 10, 2013 at 9:30 am.
At the time when others might be choosing a place to enjoy a quiet retirement, Sharon Hoshida decided to commit herself to her community in an entirely new way: opening a bookstore and cultural arts center in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. After losing four major bookstores in the past twenty years, it's a brave move that's reclaiming the [...]
IN MEMORIUM – Barry Spacks and Teddy Macker play Poetry Pong on Writers’ Cafe (Tuesday, November 26)
UPDATE (1/31/2014): UCSB Professor Barry Spacks (1931-2014: College of Creative Studies and Department of English), the first Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, died this past Tuesday. In memory of his contributions, KCSB-FM is highlighting this thirty-minute podcast of his recent appearance on "Writer's Cafe." On this episode of Writers' Cafe, [...]
Guest GREG BURRIS (Film & Media Studies) Previews UCSB Screening of Haskell Wexler’s MEDIUM COOL on THE FREAK POWER TICKET – Podcast NOW ONLINE!
MEDIUM COOL (1969) at UCSB Pollock Theater (11/21/2013) - CLICK TO ENLARGE Monday's edition of "The Freak Power Ticket" called attention to the Thursday, November 21st, 7pm screening of Medium Cool at the UC Santa Barbara Pollock Theater, with special guest Haskell Wexler, the writer/director of this protest classic from 1969. Fellow [...]
Is there such a thing as “good writing”? UCSB Writing Program Director Linda Adler-Kassner on Writers’ Cafe
In this episode of Writers' Cafe, Amy Boutell interviews Professor Adler-Kassner, director of the UCSB Writing Program. Some of the questions Professor Adler-Kassner considers on her website are: How is “good writing” defined in different contexts? Whose values are (and are not) reflected in those definitions? How should people — [...]
Time-travel, alien invasion, space combat, oh my! On this episode of Writers' Cafe, insights about writing a science fiction serial from Alex Pavellas. Alex is a CLAS Math, Physics, and Engineering Instructor who has composed Space Madness entirely on his phone. He talks about teaching a science fiction workshop at CLAS, participating in National [...]