Constance Brenneman is currently an On-Air television host for My 64 Cincinnati, cable channel 11, and an intervention counselor working within an alternative school in the Ohio Public School System. She is completing a documentary on the Maharishi Effect, or Superradiance Effect called Waves of Peace. Constance has guest starred on the ABC TV shows "The Practice" (1997) and "Alias" (2001) and co-starred in the feature film Swing (2003/I), shot in the San Franscico Bay area and directed by Martin Guigui.
Lisa Stickels talks with host Elsa Backstrom about traveling, living in Fairfield, raising kids, working with the David Lynch Foundation and life changes in general.
Michael Carrino's second book of poetry, Under This Combustible Sky, is a richly-peopled collection whose denizens are portrayed in a stark light, like that of certain Hopper paintings, a light no less beautiful for its starkness and hard edges. Reading these poems, one realizes that in lives so full of defeat there are redemptions in solitude, and victories within the sacredness of the moment. 'For me,' Carrino writes in the poem "Cat, Rose, Musical Score", 'self absorbed and anxious, objects explain/ passion, obsession; how you have/ no control unless you agree/ before dancing white on white in silence--/ we are what we arrange.' This could well be a statement of the aesthetic brought to the arrangement of this book: a pure witnessing, at times, of a moment's details which speak volumes of the poem's subject in a language that is both economical and plainly spoken, yet rich in its precision.
I think of the poem "The Woman" in which a photograph of a soldier's Korean mistress is ogled and handed around the family table, a favorite conversation piece:
"Terse and funny and dry as a dead Iowa corn snake baking in the sun. Palecek delivers a quick, deadpan slap to reactionary, mindless post-9/11 America. The sting is delightful."
— Mark Morford, columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Mike Palecek was a peace prisoner in the 1980's, serving time in county jails and federal prisons for civil disobedience at Offutt Air Force Base.
During the 1990s he was a reporter for small-town newspapers in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota. The small newspaper Ruth and Mike owned in southeast Minnesota was named the Newspaper of the Year for 1994 by the Minnesota Newspaper Association.