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Boise State MFA Reading Series • Idaho Commission on the Arts Grants and Awards


Boise State MFA Reading Series

While school is in session, Boise State offers the MFA Reading Series, a program that brings nationally recognized authors and poets to the university for readings that are free and open to the public.

Shin Yu Pai, an Asian-American poet and visual artist, has had several works of poetry published, her most recent Sightings: Selected Works (2001-2005).

Pai is a prolific blogger (, offering readers a glimpse into her world beyond her writings.

August 30, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Dr.

Also speaking in August as part of the series is British poet Peter Riley whose work has been described on the United Kingdom Poetry International Web site ( as that which "engages with landscape, often English, but also French, Italian or Transylvanian. He is no tourist-poet, however. Riley engages with landscape as a person within and of the landscape, not as an omnipotent observer moving doll-like figures around upon it. And his interest in place can lead to tunnelling beneath the earth, as in Tracks and Mineshafts, or as in Excavations, which plunders the records of 19th century archaeologists ... Riley's work seems rooted in a peculiarly English tradition, even when it is straining at the leash." Read more about Riley by Riley on his Web site at

August 31, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union Building, Barnswell Room, 1910 University Dr.

Idaho Commission on the Arts Grants and Awards

The summer 2007 issue of Latitudes, a publication from Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA), includes information on the ICA's 2008 grants and awards. Communities, schools and organizations were granted a total of $521,655 for 85 projects in 28 towns. The ICA will grant an additional $55,900 in Quick Funds in 2008.

Mark Hofflund, commission chair, is quoted as saying, "We are deeply appreciative of the governor and the Legislature and of our federal senators and congressmen for their renewed advocacy and commitment in support of the arts and particularly for their support of Idaho artists and their audiences." Boise recipients include the Cabin Literary Center, Boise Contemporary Theater, Idaho Dance Theatre, Boise Art Museum, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Opera Idaho, Boise City Arts Commission, Ballet Idaho and the Boise Philharmonic Association.

In other ICA news, the Traditional Arts Apprenticeships were also announced. These apprenticeships are awarded to artists practicing art not always seen as a typical representation of Idaho art, though quite typical Idaho art is also included. Regardless of its beginnings, the art and the artists are all a part of Idaho's culture.

Recipient Radhika Narsinghani will continue learning Bharatha Natyam, a female solo form of Indian classical dance.

Khasambay Iskandarov, born in Uzbekistan, will continue learning all the basic rhythms of Turkish dancing in the hopes that he may pass his knowledge on to members of the Turkish community.

Jeff Minor, a master rawhide braider, will teach Tony Ulvestad the art of turning rawhide into "functional decorative pieces of horse equipment."

Molly Skidmore will apprentice with master dancer Okhee Chang in the traditional art of Korean dance.

Kent Frecker of Frecker's Saddlery will pass down the art of saddlemaking to his son, Tyler.

Mingzi Cui will study Chinese traditional folk dances (including sword and ribbon dances) under master dancer Hua Yan.

Sergio Romero will teach Elvira Villegas four traditional Mexican dances and much about Mexican regional cultures.

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