Published! Interview with David Wagoner on Theodore Roethke in CIRQUE

Page 91 has an interview Michael Kleven completed in the Summer of 2010 with Seattle Poet and UW Professer David Wagoner regarding his relationship with the seminal literary figure Theodore Roethke. My mother, writer and artist Sandra Kleven & Seattle filmmaker and DJ Omar Taboada both deserve credit for their work on this project. This interview was an outgrowth of the short film we did about Roethke: To The Moon. I am planning to direct a long form documentary film about Roethke and his influence on his students life and growth as artists. This film will be based on my Sandra Kleven’s writing and research done in conjunction with her studies at The University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2011 she earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the school.


Art Impact: Making Good Television at Seattle Central

This is a television show I wrote & produced while at Seattle Central. It features a lively discussion about the importance of education & specifically Community Colleges to maintaining a vibrent art community. This show features guests Nancy Guppy of Almost Live & Art Zone, Seattle University instructor & violinist Quintin Morris & the poet & creative writing instructor Mike Hickey. As producer my job involved conceptualizing the theme & format, recruiting the guests, writing the script and managing the crew up until the day of production. At this point in time the director, in this case Mystic O’Reilley took over the actual management of the taping including camera selection & recording. As you can imagine this is quite an exhilarating experience. Our show required a bit of post production as well. Again the producers ultimate responsibility. I hope you enjoy our show.