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Dante's Old South Radio Show

36 EpisodesProduced by Clifford BrooksWebsite

"Stories, songs, stanzas, and their real applications."The Southern Collective Experience's radio show, Dante's Old South, featuring poets, prose writers, musicians - and more!


28 - Dante's Old South Radio Show (August 2021)

August 2021 Dante’s Old South

Chen Chen: Chen Chen is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency (BOA Editions, 2022) and the forthcoming book of essays, In Cahoots with the Rabbit God (Noemi Press, 2023). His debut book of poems, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award, among other honors. He teaches at Brandeis University.

Vince Zangaro: ( Zangaro’s Alzheimer’s journey began over a decade ago at the age of 29 after his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. At 68 years old, the elder Zangaro’s health rapidly declined, leaving him unable to care for himself – and that’s where his son, Vincent stepped up. Driven by the challenges he faced navigating the ups and downs of his father’s disorder and health, a fire was lit in Zangaro to offer help to those living and affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illness.

Combining his expertise within the music industry, a decade-long career as a regional staffing director at mega-brand Hot Topic and years of Alzheimer’s caregiving experience for his father, Zangaro flexed his creativity, leadership, love, and passion for music by founding the Alzheimer’s Music Fest in 2013, with the goal to raise awareness and funds to help families care for loved ones. 

Zangaro supports DSF by overseeing outreach initiatives and actions, serving as the Director of Development and Special Events. As a full-time advocate for Alzheimer’s and dementia families, Zangaro plans events and secures much-needed grants and sponsorships. He also oversees the Atlanta and Tampa Alzheimer’s Music Fests.

The Alzheimer’s Music Fest has since become an annual rock ‘n’ roll event, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and helping hundreds of families care for loved ones. In 2020, Zangaro expanded the Alzheimer’s Music Fest with a Live Nation Tabernacle partnership and by leveraging relationships with many well-known performers who have also been impacted by dementia-related issues.

Zangaro currently resides in Canton, Georgia with his wife Amy and can be found playing an occasional nightly gig, writing songs about his experiences, walking his dog Jupiter or in his home kitchen playing gin rummy, a favorite pastime.

Note: Due to Covid the Alzheimer’s Music Festival is postponed until early 2022.


Donnie: “Beautiful Me”

Arrested Development: “People Everyday”

Johann Sebastian Bach: “Chaconne”

Special Thanks:

Autism Speaks -

Mostly Mutts -

Red Phone Booth –

Linden Row Inn-

Office Evolution of Roswell, Georgia -

To purchase books written by the show’s host, Clifford Brooks, please visit for more details. His major collections of poetry are available anywhere books are sold. You can contact him directly at:

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