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Join Stacey as she talks to Chiwan Cho
Chiwan Choi is a writer, editor, teacher, and publisher. He has been a member of the Los Angeles Poets & Writers Collective since 1989. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including ONTHEBUS, Esquire, andcirca. ...
Join Mende as she talks to Larry Colker
Larry Colker has co-hosted, with Jim Doane, the weekly Redondo Poets at Coffee Cartel reading in Redondo Beach (www.redondopoets.com) for the last 12 years.
His poems have appeared in The Sun, The Los Angeles Review, RATTLE, Brickbat Revue, Spillway, ONTHEBUS, Solo, Pearl, Cider Press Review, Burnside Review, Blue Satellite and elsewhere in print; online at The Cortland Review, King Log, nthposition, Poeticdiversity and Poetry Super Highway; and in anthologies from Tebot Bach, Valley Contemporary Poets, Arroyo Arts Collective, Poeticdiversity, and The Little Joy Open Mic.
Chapbooks include "At the Curb, Car Waiting, Boy Standing" (1995), "What the Lizard Knows: New and Selected Poems" (2003), "Hunger Crossing," with Danielle Grilli (2006), and "Girl with Tattooed Heart, Boy Standing" (2009). Tebot Bach is currently considering a book-length collection for publication.
In 2005 his poem "The Caterpillars" was nominated by Poeticdiversity.com for a Pushcart Prize. In 2006 he was selected by Charles Harper Webb as the poetry winner of the California Writers Exchange contest sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc.
Larry spent his formative years in Huntington, WV, before attending Deerfield Academy, the University of Chicago (BA, Humanities; MA, Romance Languages and Literatures), the University of Missouri at Kansas City (MA, Educational Research and Psychology), and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (Ph.D., Early Childhood Education).
For a dozen years he worked in education, first as a French teacher, then Montessori teacher, then assistant professor at USC. He switched to freelance technical writing for corporate software publishers and corporate IT departments about 25 years ago. For the last six years he has been working as a contract instructional designer and trainer for Kaiser Permanente. He lives in
San Pedro. Larry has a daughter and two grandchildren.
Welsh has published six collections of poetry, including Skull Highway (La Alameda Press, 2008).
Poet and editor Naomi Shihab Nye has featured his work in The Texas Observer, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal has called him “one of America’s leading writers on life in border towns.” Kathleene West, poetry editor of Puerto del Sol, has also lauded his work, noting: “It’s getting harder and harder to pull off poems with Southwest imagery, but Lawrence Welsh has worked form, content and diction to make it all new again.”
His work has appeared in about 200 national and regional magazines and journals, including Puerto del Sol, The Louisiana Review, Hawaii Review, Onthebus, The Wormwood Review, Nexus, Chiron Review, The Café Review, Poetry Motel, Poetry Now, Pearl, Big Bridge, Flipside, The Raven Chronicles, The Santa Fe Poetry Broadside, Main Street Rag and the book Das Ist Alles–Charles Bukowski Recollected.
A winner of The Bardsong Press Celtic Voice Writing Award in Poetry, Welsh is an associate professor of English at El Paso Community College. A former guest lecturer at UCLA, he has also taught at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Southern New Mexico penitentiary. From 1995-97, he served as poetry editor of the Rio Grande Review. A nationally known spoken word artist, Welsh has given more than 50 readings during the past 10 years in Mexico, New Mexico, Texas, California and Kansas, and he continues to conduct writing workshops throughout the Southwest.
He has won numerous journalism awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists Bill Farr Reporting Award, the Copley Los Angeles Newspapers Award, the Women in Communications Endowment Award and the Jessie Steensma Scholarship. In 1992, the YMCA named him man of the year for his community service in South Central Los Angeles.Welsh is married to Lisa McNiel, a poet and teacher, and they have two young children, Megan and Patrick.
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