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Kay Boyle Day: Part 2

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 180 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

On February 19, 1988, as part of a fund-raising marathon, KPFA presented a nine hour festival of programing in honor of Kay Boyle’s 86th birthday, which included interviews with the poet, author, and political activist and readings of her work. One of the most important American writers of the 20th century, Boyle was born in St. Paul, MN in 1902 and was educated at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She moved to France in 1923, and spent the next twenty years associating with the best and the brightest authors and artists of Europe. She became increasingly politically active and was eventually blacklisted during the McCarthy era. This however only encouraged her and she soon became heavily involved in the civil rights, anti-Vietnam War, and nuclear disarmament movements. She taught creative writing at San Francisco State University from 1962 to 1979. She published over 40 books, including 14 novels and eight volumes of poetry, 11 collections of short stories and three children's books. Boyle was married three times, had six children, and died in 1992. This second of three segments begins with a panel discussion by author Herbert Gold, editor and publisher Kate Moses, and actor and son of Kay Boyle, Ian Franckenstein, in which the influence that Kay Boyle and her work has had on each of their lives is discussed. This is followed by the reading of a number of Boyle’s poems, excerpts from some of her favorite songs, and selected readings from her longer prose works. Also heard is brief “live” telephone interview with the author as well as excerpts from the “Autobiography of Emanuel Carnevali,” who was an Italian author that Boyle greatly admired, and a book which she was instrumental in getting published.

Musical Selections:  [Panel discussion with Herbert Gold, Kate Moses, & Ian Franckenstein, includes a reading by Boyle of her “A Poem About Black Power”] (48:18) -- To a Proud Old Woman Watching the Tearing Down of the Hurricane Shed [a poem] (2:00) -- The Unicorn Song (3:14) / Shel Silverstein -- [a reading of an excerpt from the short novel “Decision”] -- A Boy Named Sue [excerpt] (1:51) / Shel Silverstein -- [”live” telephone interview with Kay Boyle] (5:24) -- San Quentin, I Hate Every Inch of You [excerpt] (1:20) / Johnny Cash -- [introduction to and brief excerpts from the “Autobiography of Emanuel Carnevali”] (18:39) -- [a reading of “The Canals of Mars”, from the book “Fifty Stories”] (24:23)
Performers:  Kay Boyle, reader (poems)
The Irish Rovers, (Unicorn)
Ian Franckenstein, reader (Decision )
Johnny Cash (Boy ; San Quentin)
Erik Bauersfeld, reader (Autobiography)
Dorothy Bryant, reader (Canals)
Genres:  Literature; Poetry
Subject:  Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992; Carnevali, Emanuel; Literature; Poetry; Politics and literature; Fiction; Italian Americans -- Biography; Short stories; United States -- History -- Fiction
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles ; Jennings, Russ; Stone, Susan, 1952; Bauersfeld, Erik ; Gold, Herbert, 1924-; Moses, Kate ; Franckenstein, Ian; Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992; Bryant, Dorothy, 1930-
Recording Date:  2/19/1988
First Broadcast Date:  2/19/1988
 
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