Jesse Valencia

Intersectionalist blues: Criticising the critics of Twin Peaks

The sound emanating from the town of Twin Peaks is abject criticism. So much so, that it has me wondering if the critics themselves have actually watched it.

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Jesse Valencia

Jesse Valencia is a writer, musician, and actor. A veteran of the Army, Jesse’s poem “Reflecting On Five Years Of Service” was included in Warrior Writer’s 2011 anthology After Action Review. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University in 2014 and is currently finishing his second Master’s, in literature, also at NAU. As a freelance journalist he has published feature music articles on the band The Brian Jonestown Massacre in both Phoenix New Times and Flagstaff Live! As an actor he has appeared opposite Tom Sizemore in the crime drama Durant’s Never Closes. In addition to writing and acting he sings and plays guitar in the band Gorky.

Vietnamese culture: Not pho your entertainment

Over the past 18 months, I’ve been inundated with 1,600 requests to perform in Miss Saigon. Yet still, as an Australian of Vietnamese descent, if you consider the industry whitewashed, I call it a tsunami.

next gen

TBS Next Gen: We’re not offended by Disney’s bias

What does the next generation think of today’s issues? The Big Smoke’s Next Gen program publishes Australian students mentored by TBS writers. Today, Giselle Atlas (11) takes umbrage with the media’s push for education against Disney. Let kids be kids.


Happy birthday, you’re dead: Bette Davis

The incomparable Bette Davis is the focus of our “Happy birthday, you’re…” treatment today. Just because someone has passed, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. Party?


TBS Wake: Remembering those we lost in 2016

It goes without saying that 2016 has claimed many people of genius…but we’re saying it anyway. We’ve combed the writing staff to see who they miss the most. Bring a hankie and a beverage to raise in respect.