Coming Attractions Revisited

This will be a short quick post–bringing “Coming Attractions” (under Upcoming Events) up to date.

With regard to the Old Capitol Books performance filmed for the Poetry Box half-hour TV show in Santa Cruz, introducing my book The Inherited Heart: An American Memoir, it has appeared onceand I missed it, didn’t know about it, and alas, was engrossed in watching the San Francisco Giants lose another baseball game! The show did air Tuesday, August 6, 8:30 pm on Community Television of Santa Cruz, Comcast cable channel 27 and Charter (Watsonville, California) channel 73.

In my “Coming Attractions” post I said I would post a schedule when I had one, and I do now. “Poetry Box #80 William Minor, Part 1” (produced by Joanna Martin and co-sponsored by Poetry Santa Cruz) will be shown again on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, August 13, 8:30 PM.

Tuesday, August 20, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, August 27, 8:30 PM

CTV (Community Television of Santa Cruz County) is undergoing “changes” and additional screening of “Poetry Box #80 William Minor, Part 1”  is uncertain just now, the station’s public statement: “CTV is in the process of updating our live streams to another format.” But the performance by Jaqui Hope (vocals), Heath Proskin (bass) and me on piano and reading can be seen on channels 27 and 73 at the dates and times listed, and streamed at

Also, the “Best of The Inherited Heart: An American Memoir and New Poems Set to Music” performance featuring Jaqui, Heath and me cited in “Coming Attractions” as scheduled for Saturday, August 24 at the Museum of Monterey (MOM) will start at 7:30 PM, admission $5 for MHAA (Monterey History & Art Association) members and $10 for non-members. 

I’ll close this post with the content of a flyer sent out for that event–and will add additional info on CTV showings (beyond those already scheduled) in future “Upcoming Events” posts.

The Museum of Monterey Presents:  The Best of THE INHERITED HEART: AN AMERICAN MEMOIR and New Poems Set to Music

Pianist and author Bill Minor, center, with vocalist Jaqui Hope and bassist Heath Proskin in Pacific Grove, Calif.   Pianist and author Bill Minor, center, with vocalist Jaqui Hope and bassist Heath Proskin in Pacific Grove, Calif.

Featuring Vocalist Jaqui Hope, Bassist Heath Proskin, and Bill Minor on Piano and Reading

Come enjoy an evening reading from the best of Bill Minor’s new book The Inherited Heart: An American Memoir–selection based on favorites from two previous “Launch Parties”–and new poems and prose set to music performed by Bill (piano), Jaqui Hope (vocals) and Heath Proskin (bass). Poems, new prose and short lyric portions from the book are mixed with original recently composed pieces and songs (“standards”) from the era depicted–the music providing an added dimension to and enhancing the words.

Saturday, August 24, 7:30 Pm; $5 for MHAA members; $10 for non-members at The Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza; (831) 372-2608


Author: William Minor

I am a writer and musician who has published thirteen books: most recent Going Solo: A Memoir 1953-1958; also Gypsy Wisdom: New & Selected Poems; The Inherited Heart: An American Memoir, a comic novel (Trek: Lips. Sunny, Pecker and Me); three books on jazz (most recent: Jazz Journeys to Japan: The Heart Within), and six other books of poetry. A professional musician since the age of sixteen, I have released three CDs (most recent: Love Letters of Lynchburg--spoken word and original musical score commissioned by the Historic Sandusky Foundation in Virginia). I was educated at The University of Michigan, Pratt Institute, The University of Hawaii, UC-Berkeley (MFA in Painting and Drawing), and San Francisco State College (MA in Language Arts). I taught for thirty-two years (English, Creative Writing, Humanities) at The University of Hawaii, Wisconsin State University-Whitewater, and Monterey Peninsula College). Originally trained as a visual artist, I have exhibited woodcut prints and paintings at the San Francisco Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution. I have been married to Betty for sixty years and we have two grown sons: Timothy and Stephen. We live in Pacific Grove, California where, retired from teaching, I just write and play music, both of which I love.

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