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WORDS ON A WIRE: Michael Jaime-Becerra

Michael Jaime-Becerra
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  Daniel talks with Michael Jaime-Becerra, author of the short story collection "Every Night is Ladies Night" and the novel "This Time Tomorrow."  Michael is also an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of California at Riverside, where he takes great pride in the success of the department.  He talks about the rapid success of his very first story collection, "Every Night is Ladies Night," and how a fiction workshop he took as an MFA student inspired its writing.

This week's Poem of the Week is "Close Reading" by Mary Szybist, the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry.  The poem comes from the collection "Incarnadine," and is read for us by local poet, Nancy Lechuga.

And in today's Poetic License, Daniel is transported to Los Angeles, where he phones in his reflection on  local ethnic communities like Little Ethiopia in L.A.  What would a "Little U.S.A." in a foreign country be like?

Aired April 27, 2014.