Richard Read Oyama
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Richard Read Oyama commented on Richard Read Oyama's blog post Free Jazz / Punk Rock
"P.S. I'm sorry to have neglected yours and Lisa Gill's blogs but I'm busy earnestly being a writer."
Oct 24, 2010
Richard Read Oyama commented on Richard Read Oyama's blog post Lisa Gill's Poetic Subversions
"The "poetic subversions" referred mainly to Lisa Gill's presentation. However, Haag's use of ordinary materials like acrylic house paint and recycled materials--a do it yourself ethic--to create alternate mythologies reminded me…"
Oct 18, 2010
Richard Read Oyama posted a blog post

Lisa Gill's Poetic Subversions

Lisa Gill's poetic subversions never neglect the art, humility, compassion, care & choice, hence her presentation on Guerrilla Literature @ 516 Arts yesterday afternoon. Check out the Street Arts exhibition. Loved Thomas C. Haag's alter-mythologies (see above).See More
Oct 17, 2010
Richard Read Oyama commented on Richard Read Oyama's blog post “Visible, Vital and Valuable”: African Americans in New Mexico
"Maisha's name is clearly listed among the historians who participated in this exhibit."
Aug 15, 2010
Poet Oishi commented on Richard Read Oyama's blog post “Visible, Vital and Valuable”: African Americans in New Mexico
"Maisha Baton would have been glad to see this exhibit. I'm assuming her historical work on African Americans in New Mexico is included?"
Aug 14, 2010
mombat commented on Richard Read Oyama's blog post “Visible, Vital and Valuable”: African Americans in New Mexico
"That first picture is great."
Aug 13, 2010
Richard Read Oyama commented on lisa gill's blog post Does Poetry Matter in Burque? And How?
"What you were saying about line breaks: This Is Just to Say I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold --William Carlos Williams"
Aug 13, 2010
Richard Read Oyama commented on Richard Read Oyama's blog post “Visible, Vital and Valuable”: African Americans in New Mexico
"Thanks all. For info, probably best to call African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico (AAMCCNM), 505-345-8086. Website: www.nmblack.com/museum/"
Aug 13, 2010
Ben Moffett commented on Richard Read Oyama's blog post “Visible, Vital and Valuable”: African Americans in New Mexico
"This is great. Where can I get more detail on who will be speaking at the African American athlete symposium and any literature (local/New Mexico) associated with it? I plan to attend. My e-mail is basketballresearch@comcast.net."
Aug 13, 2010
Michelle Meaders commented on Richard Read Oyama's blog post “Visible, Vital and Valuable”: African Americans in New Mexico
"Thanks for the info! I'll try to get by to see it. Did you know that building was a WPA elementary school? By the way, the address is 4th St. SW (at Bridge), not NW."
Aug 13, 2010
Lucky commented on Richard Read Oyama's blog post “Visible, Vital and Valuable”: African Americans in New Mexico
"This is great information, thanks! I now have my weekend plans."
Aug 12, 2010
Richard Read Oyama posted a blog post

“Visible, Vital and Valuable”: African Americans in New Mexico

Because of the Harlem Renaissance, the post-World War I Great Migration of African Americans from the South to northern cities is generally well-known. Blacks also resettled the West Coast to work in defense industries during World War II, the subject of Chester Himes’ harrowing novel, If He Hollers, Let Him Go. In early histories of New Mexico, the focus has been upon the “Heroic Triad” of Anglos, Latinos and Native Americans who comprise this non-majority state, one which is looking more and…See More
Aug 12, 2010
Richard Read Oyama commented on lisa gill's blog post How to Lute a Sunday in 'Burque for a Jade Earful
"Thank you, Lisa, lovely blog. So hope I can make this concert. My friend Jason Hwang has composed pieces that included a part for pipa."
Jul 30, 2010

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Where I Live:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
About Me:
Born in New York. B.A. in English, City College of New York. M.A. in English: Creative Writing, San Francisco State University. Published a volume of poems, The Country They Know (Neuma Books 2005). Taught English and Ethnic Studies at the California College of Arts, UC Berkeley, California State University, Hayward, San Francisco Art Institute, UNM.
Favorite Thing(s) About Albuquerque:
Independent book and record stores, Sandia Mountains, mutable skies, sopaipillas, coffeeshops, farolitos, and strangers who have real conversations with you.
My Website:
http://localpoetsguild.wordpress.com
What I'm Reading:
Poetry by Robert Hass, August Kleinzahler and Lisa Gill, Moby Dick, Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th Century America, by Ronald Takaki.

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Lisa Gill's Poetic Subversions

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 9:00am 2 Comments

Lisa Gill's poetic subversions never neglect the art, humility, compassion, care & choice, hence her presentation on Guerrilla Literature @ 516 Arts yesterday afternoon. Check out the Street Arts exhibition. Loved Thomas C. Haag's alter-mythologies (see… Continue

“Visible, Vital and Valuable”: African Americans in New Mexico

Posted on August 12, 2010 at 7:00pm 9 Comments

Because of the Harlem Renaissance, the post-World War I Great Migration of African Americans from the South to northern cities is generally well-known. Blacks also resettled the West Coast to work in defense industries during World War II, the subject of Chester Himes’ harrowing novel, If He Hollers, Let Him Go. In early histories of New Mexico, the focus has been upon the “Heroic Triad” of Anglos, Latinos and Native Americans who comprise this… Continue

Notes from the Russian River

Posted on July 29, 2010 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Jan. 4 It's a brisk morning and the sky is gray-white and overcast. I'm staying at the River Inn in Monte Rio, a small, sleepy town along the Russian River, enjoying a brief vacation between semesters in graduate school. The River Inn, nestled among dark-green trees, is a comfortable ochre European-style house, with a dining room heated by a potbelly iron stove and wide windows facing out onto the river, and small, unheated bedrooms on the… Continue

“Gettin’ It in Your Body”: Folk Becomes Soul

Posted on July 24, 2010 at 11:00am 2 Comments

It was one of my brother’s life-pleasures to sing with Pete Seeger at University Settlement Camp in Beacon, New York. As for so many, Pete was a surrogate father figure to him. Seeger and his wife Toshi Ohta, who was involved in radical organizations in New York City, shopped sometimes at my father’s Oriental Food Shop on Amsterdam Avenue and 124th Street in Manhattan. During the summer my siblings and I would attend Pioneer Youth Camp in Rifton, New… Continue

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At 10:25am on June 6, 2010, cc said…
Nice to make your cyber-acquaintance. Did I introduce myself to you at the April 23rd Outpost reading of Lisa's? Maybe, maybe not.
Until the next time!
 
 
 

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