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Eleni Sikelianos

Charles Ruas's guest, California poet Eleni Sikelianos, discusses and reads excerpts from her latest works, including "The California Poem", a new millennium epic that traces the people and places of the Golden State through historical and geological time. Plus The Book of Jon, a portrait of her father; perceptions, understanding and memories of an adventurous, charismatic man who loved life and pursued his pleasure in total disregard of all conventions, ultimately descending into addiction and self destruction. Sikelianos says, "I am interested in the absolute ferocity of poetry, in our wild, eccentric human selves and animal and mineral planet, untainted by but interacting with socializing forces."


Conversations with Writers


Host Charles Ruas in conversation with contemporary writers and poets, continuing a stream of intelligent discussion dating back to his legendary days at WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York in the seventies. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. His writing has frequently appeared in both ARTNews and Art in America. His other Clocktower-produced program is Historic Audio From the Archives of Charles Ruas and is one of the most brilliant and extensive collections of historic audio in our archive.