Poet Denise Duhamel delighted students, faculty, staff and
community members as she read from her books including Two
and Two and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems.
Her poems ranged from thought provoking with Mobius Strip:
Forgetfulness--a poem with no beginning and no end--to quirky
humor with her Barbie inspired poems from Kinky.
This associate professor from Florida International University
in Miami finished the evening with an extended Q&A session.
Sam Rivers and the Rivbea Orchestra performed with the Valencia
students of Valencia's Jazz Lab Band.
Playing to a packed house, this trifecta of jazz legend, seasoned
musicians and talented Valencia students ROCKED the East Campus
Performing Arts Center! In addition, Sam Rivers & Rivbea
Orchestra offered a 1st time release of the new CD "AURORA."
This powerful speaker was both mesmerizing and poignant as
she shared her bleak upbringing in Community China under Mao
Zedong. Reading excerpts included Empress Orchid,
Becoming Madame Mao and the best-selling memoir,
Red Azalea. Attendees were treated to a harmonious
closing as Anchee Min sang opera to an enraptured audience.
Dorsey , Author & Humorist Thursday,
December 8, 2005
A wildly funny and humorous event! Students, faculty, staff,
and community members enjoyed insight into the mind of Tim
Dorsey. This informative Q&A style event was a unique
experience consisting of laughs, writing tips and tricks,
and a chance to find out if those wacky villains and situations
are based on experience, reality, observation or just a really
twisted and creative mind. The answer? All of the above!
Reading to a packed house at Valencia's Osceola campus, H.
G. Carrillo, author of Loosing My Espanish, kept
the audience captivated with his humorous stories on Cuba,
his family, and life. Mark Pino of the Orlando Sentinel
wrote of H. G. Carrillo's visit to Valencia " . . . if
his words were food, you'd know the combination of onions,
garlic and cilantro are just right. It's a dish worth savoring."
Reading from his newest volume of poems, School of the Arts,
Mark Doty proved to Valencia Students, Faculty, and staff
why he is he only American poet to have won Great Britain
's T. S. Eliot Prize. Mark also read selections from his six
books of poems. The first, Turtle, Swan, appeared in 1987.
His third collection, My Alexandria (1993), received both
the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics
Paula Vogel shared her story and that of other playwrites
at Valencia's College Learning Day.
Paula Vogel's play, How I Learned to Drive , received the
1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer
Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best
Play, as well as winning her second OBIE. Theatre Communications
Group has published two anthologies of her work, The Mammary
Plays and The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays.