Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Poetry Contest: June 29th through August 31st, 2017 Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place, including publication in Cultural Weekly. In addition, five finalists will be chosen and awarded $50 each, including publication in Cultural Weekly. The Rules You may... Read more →
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Woman, Don’t you see, You move mountains with your breathing You stop the most tragic hearts from bleeding I don’t know if they told you at your birth That there’s magic in your veins, Liberation in your touch, Medicine in your words, Conviction in your stare. What you speak, becomes existence Every step, leaves a... Read more →
It is worth noting that photographer Eriberto Oriol knows exactly where to find the best Ensendada-style fish tacos on L.A.’s East Side. On the surface, he doesn’t look like the Chicano patriarch who paid his dues in the movimiento as a political activist or militant ’60s radical. Neither does he bear resemblance to the working... Read more →
On January 13, 1968, Johnny Cash performed “Greystone Chapel” for the first time before two audiences of convicts at the state prison at Folsom, California. The song — which climaxed the album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, which was released later that year — was written by Glen Sherley, a career criminal and three-time loser... Read more →
Kate Peper has taught creative writing as part of California Poets in the Schools as well as to older adults in retirement communities. She lives just north of San Francisco with her husband Bruce and semi-feral dog Hannah. ***** Later, She Learned He Married And Had A Child She thought of the marriage she almost had,... Read more →
In her new chapbook Kate Peper brings us explorations of what is and is not in our control. Dipped in Black Water is sharp and compassionate. Instead of a voice, I would say Peper’s writing has a pulse. And the pulse in each of these poems is strong and steady. These poems are characterized by... Read more →
On May 8, 1975 I was invited by Newsweek’s staff photographer Lester Sloane to accompany him on a special assignment: to photograph the Vietnamese refugees just arrived at Camp Pendleton after the fall of Saigon. I suppose he thought that a woman’s eye would be helpful in this situation. We found hundreds of women... Read more →
Abe Koogler gives the interconnected-lives format a quirky spin in his play Fulfillment Center, now at Manhattan Theatre Club’s studio space at City Center. The title is an ironic reference to the giant New Mexico warehouse where two of the characters are employed by an unnamed Amazon-like service. Neither they nor the two other people... Read more →
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Once again, that ever-elusive question pops up again with this week’s ScreenDance Diaries offering… When does a music video elevate to the ranks of being considered a dance film as opposed to staying a lowly music video? While the question makes for some strong discussion amongst screen dance purists, it makes no difference to me in... Read more →