Literary Arts

Wilde Tales + The Submission

Sep 21, 2013 Comments Off by

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The fairy tales of Oscar Wilde at Shaking The Tree Theatre and a racial pride and prejudice story at defunkt Theatre. Artistic director Samantha Van der Merwe joins Dmae with playwright Karin Magaldi and actor Samson Syharath of Wilde Tales. We’ll hear about lesser known tales of self-sacrifice and loyalty. And then we’ll feature defunkt […]

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Julie Wu – The Third Son

Sep 18, 2013 Comments Off by

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What immediately drew me to Julie Wu’s debut novel The Third Son were the similarities of her setting and time to my mom’s story and history. Set in Taiwan during World War II, the novel opens in 1943.  An eight-year-old boy named Saburo, lives in fear of his abusive family one moment and is running […]

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Filmmaker Skye Fitzgerald + WRAP

Aug 10, 2013 Comments Off by

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Veteran filmmaker Skye Fitzgerald has built a career taking on danger zones and tough subjects and creating beautiful and moving documentaries. Dmae Roberts features his newest work-in-progress project Oregon Divide looking into the contentious and controversial issue of gun control. We’ll also hear an excerpt of his talk last Spring at MHCC’s Integrated Media program. […]

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Left Hand Of Darkness Onstage

Apr 27, 2013 Comments Off by

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s gender defying groundbreaking novel “The Left Hand of Darkness” gets a new original stage adaptation by two of Portland’s more innovative theatres. Portland Playhouse and Hand2Mouth Theatre have been collaborating with esteemed award-winning author Le Guin on this new staging. Dmae Roberts talks with Ursula K. Le Guin, director Jonathan Walters […]

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Cheryl Strayed: On Writing, Family & Success

Apr 06, 2013 Comments Off

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Tune into Stage & Studio for an in-depth and intimate talk with author Cheryl Strayed. The last year and a half has been a whirlwind of success for Strayed with “Wild” hitting #1 on the NY Times Bestseller list, an Oprah Book Club selection and a film option. But her writing success has been a […]

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Sowelu’s Hard Times

Mar 02, 2013 Comments Off

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Stage & Studio takes a look at Sowelu Theatre’s Hard Times Come Again No More, by Martha Boesing which is based on four stories by activist/writer Meridel Le Sueur. Dmae Roberts talks with Sowelu’s Lorraine Bahr and Martha Boesing. Then in the latter part of the show a Writer’s Read segment with writer Bing Bingham in northern, […]

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Remembering Octavia Butler

Feb 24, 2013 Comments Off

As part of Black History Month, I thought I would call attention to a writer I’ve “discovered” in the last two years. I’ve long been a fan of science-fiction literature, but had not read any for at least a decade or more except for the writings of Portland’s Ursula K. Le Guin. Then a close […]

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Philip Kan Gotanda: Timeless Playwright

Feb 23, 2013 Comments Off

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A conversation with Philip Kan Gotanda, one of the most prolific and successful playwrights in the country. He was at Portand’s Reed College to speak for their Aloud series. Dmae Roberts talks with Gotanda about the unexpected pathway of his career, several of his plays and films and his experiences adapting his Japanese American family […]

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Scott Carrier, Writer & Radio Veteran

Jan 28, 2013 Comments Off

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Hear about the work of Peabody-winning radio producer and writer, Scott Carrier. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Carrier has produced documentaries that have been heard on nearly every major public radio show including This American Life. His stories have been published by Harpers, Mother Jones, Esquire and Rolling stone and is the author of […]

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The Last Holiday

Nov 21, 2012 Comments Off

© Dmae Roberts 2012 I didn’t realize the last Thanksgiving I spent with my mom would actually be the very last. We never know about “the last time” until it’s no more. Ma’s been gone 10 years now. When she had a recurrence of breast cancer, I spent three years commuting back and forth from […]

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