Richard Read Oyama
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  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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 1 Comment

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 8 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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