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The Hive Poetry CollectiveMay 10, 2022
S5:E17 Jimmy Santiago Baca Chats with Julia Chiapella
Listen to this free-wheeling conversation with acclaimed poet, memoirist, screenwriter and educator Jimmy Santiago Baca. We talk about the gift of saying 'no,' the unexpected byproducts of incarceration, his upcoming writers retreat, and hear him read several of his poems from his 50-year writing career. You can learn more about Jimmy on his website, at the Poetry Foundation, and find out about his upcoming writers retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico here. The documentary based on his novel "A Place to Stand" can be seen on YouTube. You can also watch the film directed by Taylor Hackford, Bound by Honor, based on Jimmy's life here.
S5:E15 Vincent Rendoni Chats with Dion O'Reilly
Vincent Rendoni and Dion O'Reilly engage in a wide-ranging and lively discussion of life and poetry. He reads Monica Rico's "Poem in Consideration of My Death" from an anthology that, due to its representation of Latino life, influenced Vincent's decision to be a poet, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4, LatinNext.
Vincent Antonio Rendoni is the author of A Grito Contest in the Afterlife, which was the winner of the 2022 Catamaran Poetry Prize for West Coast Poets. Previously, he was a 2022 Jack Straw Cultural Center Fellow and winner of the 2021 Blue Earth Review Flash Fiction Contest. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions. His work appears in The Sycamore Review, The Texas Review, The Quarterly West, Another Chicago Magazine, Sky Island Journal, and So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.
S5 E14 Lisa Ortiz talks about her latest book, Stem, with Farnaz Fatemi
One of the original Hive members, Lisa Allen Ortiz, joins us to talk about her Idaho Prize-winning poetry collection, STEM, a book which asks, among other questions, "where in the body does aliveness reside?" Our conversation plumbs more of these easy-to-answer inquiries.
Lisa is the author of two poetry collections: Stem, winner of the 2021 Idaho Prize and Guide to the Exhibit winner of the 2016 Perugia Press Prize. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Prime Number Magazine, Colorado Review and The Literary Review among other places. She is co-translator with Sara Rivera of The Blinding Star, selected poems of the Peruvian poet Blanca Varela, a book which won the 2021 Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation.
S5:E13 Barbara Bloom talks with Geneffa Jahan
Barbara Bloom, who recently relocated to Bellingham, Washington, shares poems about the deep connection she finds in nature, especially in Santa Cruz, where she lived for over 30 years. Barbara studied poetry with Santa Cruz poets, Joe Stroud and Morton Marcus and taught in the English Department of Cabrillo College for nearly 30 years. In this episode, Barbara reads and discusses poems of departure and the reassurance of perpetual presence in the natural world--a theme that permeates her Santa Cruz poems as well as those about her teenage years with her family on a coastal homestead in British Columbia, Canada. She is a member of the local Hummingbird Poetry Collective and has two volumes of poetry: On the Water Meridian (2007) and Pulling Down the Heavens (2017), both published by Hummingbird Press.
S5: E12 Jennifer Franklin with Farnaz Fatemi
Farnaz talked with Jennifer Franklin, whose third book, If Some God Shakes Your House, has just been published by Four Way Books in March 2023. We discuss If Some God Shakes Your House, in which Franklin has “reimagined Antigone for our times--where filial devotion and ossified roles of gendered labor become the engine of her defiance.” Franklin's work is honest and riveting, and full of insight about what it means to be a woman. We discuss persona poems, writing about difficult material, ecopoetry, and more.
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S5: E11 Denise Duhamel Chats with Dion O'Reilly
Denise Duhamel’s most recent books of poetry are Second Story (Pittsburgh, 2021) and Scald (2017). Blowout (2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A proponent of collaboration, she and Maureen Seaton have co-authored five collections, the most recent of which is CAPRICE (Collaborations: Collected,Uncollected, and New) (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015). Her nonfiction publications include The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose (with Julie Marie Wade, Noctuary Press, 2019). A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is a distinguished university professor in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.
S5:E10 Tsering Wangmo Dhompa chats with Julie Murphy
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa is the first Tibetan woman to publish poetry in English. She joins Julie Murphy to read new and favorite poems, as well as the poem When it rains in Dharamsala by Tenzin Tsundue. They talk about exile, impermanence, and how poems take us from image to mystery.
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa is the author of the poetry books, My Rice Tastes Like the Lake, In the Absent Everyday, and Rules of the House (all from Apogee Press, Berkeley) and three chapbooks. Dhompa's first non-fiction book, Coming Home to Tibet was published in the US by Shambhala Publications in 2016 and by Penguin, India in 2014. She was born in India and raised in the Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal. Dhompa has a PhD in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She teaches in the English Department at Villanova University.
When it rains in Dharamsala by Tenzin Tsundue.
Tsering Wangmo Dholpa on Intagram
S5:E9 Caridad Moro-Gronlier Talks with Julia Chiapella
Listen as Caridad reads poems from her book Tortillera, a work in three parts addressing the journey of a woman claiming her own voice. We talk about desire, the Cuban-American experience, coming out, artist Ana Mendienta...among other things. Tune in! Caridad's website is here: http://www.caridadmoro.com/about-me.html#/ You can purchase both the soft and hardcover copies of Tortillera here: https://www.tamupress.com/book/9781680032444/tortillera/ And you can find out about Ana Mendieta here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana_Mendieta
S5: E8 Gregory Orr Chats with Dion O'Reilly (2)
Gregory Orr buzzes back into the Hive to talk with Dion O'Reilly about his newest book, Selected Books of the Beloved. We talk about John Keats's "Lines Supposed to Be Addressed to Fanny Braun," the difference between epic and lyric poetry, and the dangers of the false Beloved.
Gregory Orr was born February 3, 1947 in Albany, New York. He grew up in the rural Hudson Valley. At the age of twelve, he was responsible for the death of a younger brother in a hunting accident, an event that powerfully influenced his ideas about trauma, silence and poetry. When he was fourteen, his family moved to Haiti, where his father worked as a doctor at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles. The family returned to the States a year later, after his mother’s sudden death. In 1965, at the age of eighteen, he worked as a civil rights volunteer in Mississippi. During that time, he was kidnapped at gunpoint in rural Alabama and held for a week in solitary confinement in the town of Hayneville. These events of his youth form the basis of his memoir, The Blessing, which tells the story of his childhood and how he came to poetry.
The author of more than 10 collections of poetry and several volumes of essays, criticism, and memoir, Gregory Orr is a master of the short, personal lyric. His poetry has been widely anthologized and translated into at least 10 languages. Observes critic Hank Lazer, “From Burning the Empty Nests (1973) to the present, Orr gradually developed the ability to fuse his incredible skill at visual precision—the signature of his image-based work in his very first book—with an insistent musical quality, joining visual precision with a beauty of sound.”
S5:E7 Rodrigo Toscano hosted by Roxi Power
In this week’s episode of The Hive Poetry Collective, Rodrigo Toscano joins Roxi Power to read work from The Charm and the Dread (Fence Books, 2022) and The Cut Point (Counterpath Press, 2023). We hear about his work in the fields of labor organizing, as well as how his work within Latinx, New Orleans, and experimental poetry communities influence his poetics.
S5:E6 Janice Lobo Sapigao talks with Julie Murphy
Join host Julie Murphy as she chats with Janice Lobo Sapigao about how the intimate details of our lives are the best way to address big themes in poetry such as immigration, community, connectedness, colonization, and loneliness. Janice reads new works as well as the poem "Swerte" by Alyza Taguilaso.
S5: E4 Jim Moore Talks with Dion O'Reilly about his new book Prognosis
Jim Moore has been writing poetry for more than four decades. Before Prognosis from Graywolf in 2021, he wrote, Invisible Strings, published in 2011 by Graywolf Press. In 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for the work in that book. Underground: New & Selected Poems is available now from Graywolf Press.
He has won the Minnesota Book Award for his poetry four times. Jim has received grants from the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Boards, the Loft Mcknight and in 2012 from the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems have appeared three times in Pushcart Prize Editions as well as in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Nation, American Poetry Review, Harper’s The Kenyon Review, The Threepenny Review, and Water-Stone Review.
Jim lives in Minneapolis and Spoleto, Italy with his wife the photographer JoAnn Verburg. He teaches in the Hamline University MFA Program in St. Paul, Minnesota and is often a Visiting Professor at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He works online individually with poets from around the country.
Jim reads and discusses one of his favorite poems, "We must Praise the Mutilated World," BY ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI TRANSLATED BY CLARE CAVANAGH
S5:E2 Daniel Summerhill chats with Julie Murphy
Join Julie Murphy as she speaks with Daniel Summerhill, Assistant Professor of Poetry/Social Action & Composition at CSU Monterey Bay and is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Monterey County. Daniel reads a Danez Smith poem and talks about the duty of a poet to tell the truth. His poems look closely at how things really are with beauty, lyric grace and hope.
S5:E1 Dustin Brookshire and Julie E. Bloemeke chat with Dion O'Reilly
Editors Dustin Brookshire and Julie E. Bloemeke discuss their upcoming compilation of Dolly poems, Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology from Madville Publishing, due to be released on January 19th, 2023 on Dolly Parton's 77 th Birthday.
Dustin and Julie attended their first Dolly concert in August 2011. Ten years later, they joined forces to co-edit a Limp Wrist Dolly issue in 2021 to honor Dolly’s 75th birthday, and on January 19th, they will release an anthology of poems paying tribute to the great singer-songwriter and cultural icon, Dolly Parton.
Dustin and Julie will also launch an accompanying podcast to the anthology to be available by summer 2023. Be on the lookout for their new podcast, Just Because We’re Dolly Fans.
S4:E39 Charles Atkinson interviewed by Julia Chiapella
Join Julia Chiapella in conversation with award-winning Santa Cruz poet Charles Atkinson. We talk about his recent release, New and Collected Poems, life reflected in poetry, and his clear-eyed embrace of a diagnosis of lewy body dementia. You can purchase the book at Bookshop Santa Cruz or Two Birds Books. Chuck is joined in the conversation by his wife, writer and educator Sarah Rabkin.
S4: E38 Ellen Bass, Francesca Bell, and Dion O'Reilly Talk about Anne Sexton.
Ellen Bass talks about her experience having Ann Sexton as a teacher in the '70s at Boston University. Then, Francesca Bell zooms in, and we read and discuss a few of Sexton's poems. I mention Sexton's fabulous biography by Diane Middlebrook. If you are interested in reading Sexton's poems, a good place to start is her collected poems or also her selected poems.
S4:E37 Paola Bruni Chats with Dion O'Reilly
Paola Bruni chats with Dion O'Reilly about the collaborative book, How do you Spell the Sound of Crickets, written with the late Jory Post.
Jory Post was an educator, writer, and artist who lived in Santa Cruz, California. He and his wife, Karen Wallace, created handmade books and art together as JoKa Press. Jory was the co-founder and publisher of phren-Z, an online literary quarterly, and founder of the Zoom Forward reading series.
His first book of prose poetry, The Extra Year, was published in 2019, and was followed by a second, Of Two Minds, in 2020. His novel, Pious Rebel, also appeared in 2020. His novel, Smith: An Unauthorized Fictography, was published in 2021.
His work has been published in Catamaran Literary Reader, Chicago Quarterly Review, Rumble Fish Quarterly, The Sun, and elsewhere.
Paola Bruni is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, winner of the Morton Marcus Poetry Prize, and winner of the Muriel Craft Bailey Poetry Prize judged by Ellen Bass, as well as a finalist for the Mudfish Poetry Prize.
Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Five Points Journal, Rattle, Massachusetts Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader, among others. Her short plays have been produced by Actors Theater, Santa Cruz as well as short-listed for play festivals around the globe.
S4:E36 Lucian Mattison talks with Farnaz Fatemi
Join Farnaz Fatemi as she talks with Lucian about the planet's creature, clouds, climate change and curing ham--and the poems Lucian writes invoking all of these things.
Lucian Mattison is a US-Argentinian poet and translator. He is the author of three books of poetry, Reaper's, Peregrine Nation and, most recently, Curare , just released from C&R press.
S4:E35: John Sibley Williams Chats with Dion O'Reilly
John Sibley Williams is the author of Scale Model of a Country at Dawn (Cider Press Review Book Award, 2021), The Drowning House (Elixir Press Poetry Award, 2021), As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. His book Sky Burial: New & Selected Poems is forthcoming in translated form by the Portuguese press do lado esquerdo. He has also served as editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies, Alive at the Center (Ooligan Press, 2013) and Motionless from the Iron Bridge (barebones books, 2013).
A twenty-eight-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Laux/Millar Prize, Wabash Prize, Philip Booth Award, Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, The 46er Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors' Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry. Previous publishing credits include: Best American Poetry, Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Colorado Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies.
S4:34: Javier Zamora Chats with Julia Chiapella
Listen in to New York Times best-selling author Javier Zamora read poems from his book Unaccompanied and talk about the process that led him to write the wildly popular memoir Solito. You can find copies of Unaccompanied and Solito on Amazon. Read the New York Times article about Javier here.
S4:E33 David Baker Hosted by Julie Murphy
Join Julie Murphy as she talks with renown poet David Baker about his new book Whale Fall. We read Stanley Plumly's In Passing and talk about the how poems are one of the most connective things we have as humans, how a lyric moment opens from the pastoral to the sublime in the midst of a story, and about the solace of poetry. Known from his early days as a nature poet, Baker's work has evolved into Ecopoetry where nature becomes the whole subject field of the poem from his back yard in the midwest to the glaciers in Iceland to the depths of the ocean.
S4.E32 Matt Sedillo with Victoria Bañales
Matt Sedillo takes on the Western canon, discussing how many of the literary giants, such as Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg, disparaged Mexico/Mexicans. In his poems, Matt reclaims Chicanx/Latinx/Indigenous literary traditions and histories.
Matt Sedillo has been described by critics as the "best political poet in America" as well as "the poet laureate of the struggle." Sedillo was the recipient of the 2017 Joe Hill Labor Poetry award, a panelist at the 2020 Texas book festival, and a participant in the 2011 San Francisco International Poetry Festival and the 2022 Elba Poetry Festival. Sedillo has appeared on CSPAN and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Axios, and the Associated Press among other publications. Sedillo has spoken at Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba, at numerous conferences and forums, such as the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, the National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies, the Left Forum, the US Social Forum, and at over a hundred universities and colleges, including the University of Cambridge, among many others. Matt Sedillo is the author of Mowing Leaves of Grass (FlowerSong Press, 2019) and City on the Second Floor (FlowerSong Press, 2022). Sedillo is the current literary director of The Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles.
S4:E30 The Hive Collective COLLECTED
Join all the members of the 2022 Hive Poetry Collective.
Listen to new poems from Victoria Bañales, Julia Chiapella, Farnaz Fatemi, Julie Murphy and Dion O’Reilly in this special group episode.
S4:31 Gregg Shapiro Hosted by Dion O'Reilly
Join Dion O'Reilly as she chats with Gregg Shapiro about his new book Fear of Muses. We read The Skokie Theater by Edward Hirsch and talk about the power of poetry to change us, the uses of the lyric, the poet Denise Duhamel, and Shapiro's life in poetry.
S4:E29 Farnaz Fatemi Hosted by Julie Murphy
Farnaz Fatemi, an Iranian American poet and member of the Hive, reads from her debut book, Sister Tongue, that won the 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith). Julie Murphy and Farnaz Fatemi discuss longing, language, loss, identity and sisterhood as they weave through the remarkable poems in this collection. Farnaz's poetry and prose appear in Poets.org (Poem-a-Day), Pedestal Magazine, Grist Journal, Catamaran Literary Reader, Crab Orchard Review, SWWIM Daily, Tahoma Literary Review,Tupelo Quarterly, phren-z.org, and several anthologies (including, most recently, Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and its Diaspora, My Shadow Is My Skin: Voices of the Iranian Diaspora and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me). She was awarded the Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman Fellowship by Djerassi and has been honored by the International Literary Awards (Center for Women Writers), Poets on the Verge (Litquake SF), Best of the Net Nonfiction, and Pushcart. She is a member of the Community of Writers. Farnaz taught Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from 1997-2018. www.farnazfatemi.com
Listen to or read Farnaz’s poem Farnaz, selected for a Poem-a-day in March 2022 by guest editor Brenda Shaughnessy.
S4:E28 Gregory Orr Hosted by Dion O'Reilly
Gregory Orr reads from his book Last Love Poem I will Ever Write. Dion O'Reilly and Gregory Orr discuss the "threshold," the boundary between the tolerable and intolerable and how poetry crafts disorder, revealing tools to survive or, even better, to discover the Beloved. We discuss the lyric poem, the villanelle, and how moments of bliss and pain turn us into poets and lovers of poetry, bringing deeper meaning to our lives. Greg has a new book, Selected Books of the Beloved, that came out in August 2022.
S4:E27 Naomi Helena Quiñonez with Victoria Bañales
Celebrated Chicana poet Naomi Helena Quinoñez reads and discusses poems that thematize divine feminine power, women’s spirituality, racial oppression, social justice, and more.
Naomi Helena Quiñonez is a poet, educator and activist, and author of three collections of poetry, Exiled Moon, The Smoking Mirror, and Hummingbird Dream/Sueño de Colibri. Quiñonez edited several critical and literary publications including Invocation L.A: Urban Multicultural Poetry Anthology, which won the American Book Award, Decolonial Voices, and Caminos Magazine. She holds a Ph.D. in American History and contributes to the scholarship of Latino/as and women of color. Quiñonez has been featured throughout the country, including the Los Angeles Writers Festival, the Nuyrican Café, the De Young Museum, and the Miami Book Festival. She has shared the mic with Quincy Troupe, Octavia Butler, Luis Rodriguez, and Ana Castillo. Her work has appeared in the Colorado Review, Infinite Divisions, Voices of our Ancestors, and Maestrapeace. Recently Quiñonez received the Teyolia Community Award from the San Francisco International Flor Y Canto Festival. She’s also an honoree of the San Francisco Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a recipient of the Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award in poetry, a Rockefeller Fellowship, the American Book Award, and a California Arts Grant. She is featured in Notable Hispanic Women and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. She currently lives in Oakland.
For more information about the author’s books or to purchase copies, contact Naomi Helena Quiñonez at firstname.lastname@example.org
S4: E26 Rebecca Foust and Susan Cohen hosted by Dion O'Reilly
Rebecca Foust and Susan Cohen. are longtime friends and have attended the same writing group for years. In this interview with Dion O'Reilly, they both read from their new books: Susan Cohen's Democracy of Fire and Rebecca Foust's ONLY.
S4:E25 Cate Kennedy Speaks with Dion O'Reilly
Cate Kennedy chats with Dion O'Reilly and reads from her book, The Taste of Water.
Cate Kennedy is the author of two short story collections, a novel, three poetry collections and a memoir. Her awards include the Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for Poetry for her collection “The Taste of River Water” (Scribe, 2011) and the NSW People’s Choice Award for her novel “The World Beneath” (Scribe 2009, published Australia, the U.S.A, the U.K, France and Hong Kong). Her short story collections are both on the Australian school syllabus as study texts. She teaches widely both in Australia and the U.S., and has just completed her PhD in Creative Writing.
S4:E24: Kemi Alabi talks with Julia Chiapella
Kemi Alabi reads and discusses poems from her book Against Heaven which was selected by Claudia Rankine for the 2021 Academy of American Poets First Book Award. Find more about Kemi on her website and at the Academy of American Poets website. Against Heaven can be purchased on Amazon.
S4:E23 Tim Fitzmaurice talks with Farnaz Fatemi
Hear Tim Fitzmaurice talk about and read from his book of poems, The Things We Take With Us: New and Selected. We talk about writing, poodle personas, Santa Cruz, and community in poetry. Bonus tracks: Tim singing and playing guitar!
The Things We Take With Us is available in Santa Cruz at Bad Animal Books and Bookshop Santa Cruz and by contacting him at email@example.com. That way the book is free with a contribution to the Prison Arts Project at williamjamesassociation.org.You can find Tim on IG @tim.fitzmaurice1 and on Facebook
S4:E22 Robert Sward Tribute Hosted by Julie Murphy
Please join poets and writers Charles Atkinson, Ellen Bass, Jack Foley, David Swanger, Hannah Sward and Ken Weisner celebrate the life and work of Santa Cruz's beloved poet Robert Sward who died this past February. Hosted by Julie Murphy, this episode includes readings and discussions of the guests' favorite poems of Robert's and their remarkable remembrances of him. Robert was a gifted poet, prolific writer, beloved friend, father and husband with a great sense of humor and deep insights.
S4:E21 Francesca Bell Chats with Dion O’Reilly
Francesca Bell and Dion O'Reilly read some of their favorite poets and a few of the own. She reads from her next book What Small Sound and her previous collection, Bright Stain. Dion reads from her debut collection, Ghost Dogs, and from her upcoming collection Sadness of the Apex Predator. They also read a little Maggie Smith and a few other favorites.
S4:E20 Journal X Poets with Victoria Bañales
Journal X poets Carla Schick, Claudia Ramírez Flores, and GusTavo A. Guerra Vásquez read and discuss their poems, touching upon themes of racial oppression, jazz, homophobia, border violence, culture, ancestry, “Watsón(ville)”, and more. Journal X, also known as Xinachtli Journal, is a literary/arts magazine focusing on social justice issues. To read or submit to the journal, visit https://www.cabrillo.edu/journal-x/.
About the poets:
Carla Schick is a Queer activist for liberation, educator and union activist, lover of jazz and language. They have worked for an education system that empowers our students. Published in SF City College’s Forum, Milvia Street, Sinister Wisdom, Earth’s Daughters, and online, at The Write Launch and A Gathering of the Tribes, they received their Certificate in Creative Writing/Poetry from Berkeley City College.
Claudia Ramírez Flores is a poet, fearless writer and Mexican immigrant who highlights crucial social issues in our world by writing about immigration, mental health, death and healing. She seeks to give a voice to the thousands of missing people in México. She has studied at Cabrillo College, UC Berkeley and Yale University.
GusTavo Adolfo Guerra Vásquez (he/him) is a multimedia artist whose work has been featured in La Raíz, Fingir, Arte Latino Now, The Coiled Serpent, and The Wandering Song. A GuatemaLAngelino, GusTavo facilitates artistic workshops on poetry and social justice through his consulting work on inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility leadership. You can see his work at IDEALbridges.com or follow him on instagram as @poetartista. You can subscribe to his YouTube channel at gMeing. GusTavo lived in Santa Cruz and Watsonville during the 1990’s where he organized cultural events like “Noche de Artistas” and the “Sabor a Chocolate” art exhibit.
S4: E19: Julia Chiapella chats with Patrice Vecchione
Join host Julia Chiapella and guest teacher, writer, and poet Patrice Vecchione as they chat about grief, feminism, and reckoning with a parent’s death. Julia will also share poems by students participating in the Young Writers Program’s Word Lab.
For Patrice's website and information on upcoming classes:
For information on the Catamaran Writing Conference where Patrice will teach a nonfiction class this summer:
Many of Patrice's books can be found on Amazon, including her anthologies, writing guide books like "My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice, and her own poetry collections.
For information on the Young Writers Program:
S4: E18 Joe Millar chats with Dion O'Reilly
Joe Millar chats with Dion O'Reilly about the value of emotion and feeling in poetry. He reads from his fabulous new collection Dark Harvest.
S4:E17 Kelli Russell Agodon Chats with Dion O'Reilly
Kelli Russell Agodon Chats with Dion O'Reilly about her newest book, Dialogues with Rising Tides (Copper Canyon Press) and her previous book Hourglass Museum Finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Julie Suk Prize. They discuss eco-poetry and read one of Kelli's favorite poems, Small Kindnesses by Danusha Laméris.
S4:E16 Rick Barot chats with Julie Murphy
Please listen to this episode of the Hive with Rick Barot interviewed by Julie Murphy. Rick reads a poem by Joy Harjo as well as several of his new poems. Join our conversation of poetry as elegy, the power of image and metaphor, and writing in difficult times.
S4:E15 Shara McCallum Hosted by Erin Redfern and Farnaz Fatemi
Shara McCallum reads from and discusses her book No Ruined Stone, a finalist for the 2022 Rilke Prize. Join us as we explore this riveting alternate history that spans Scotland and Jamaica, colonialism and self-determination, the literary tradition and the individual poet. Hear Shara’s wonderful stories about the making of her sensitive and searching new collection.
S4:E14 Magdalena Montagne with Victoria Bañales
Reading from her debut poetry collection, Earth, My Witness, Magdalena Montagne discusses the power of poetry and nature in her healing journey as a survivor of child sexual abuse. “When I despaired, Earth held me,” she writes in her eponymous poem. Magdalena also shares recent poetry about BLM and social oppression.
A long-time facilitator of drop-in writing workshops, Magdalena Montagne has collaborated with libraries throughout northern California to bring her Community Poetry Circles to participants of all ages. She has also worked with elders in assisted living facilities for almost a decade, bringing her WisdomVerse curriculum to those with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive and physical impairments. Magdalena has worked with California Poets in the Schools, Poetry Out Loud, the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, and more. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and her first book, Earth, My Witness, was published in 2020 by Finishing Line Press.
To order the book: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/earth-my-witness-by-magdalena-montagne/
To be added to her email list for announcements and teaching schedule: firstname.lastname@example.org
S4: E13 Shelley Wong with Farnaz Fatemi
Listen in to as Shelley Wong reads from and talks about her debut collection, As She Appears, out May 10 from Yes Yes Books. Shelley talks with Farnaz Fatemi about the making of the book, building your own canon of self-love, and how poems help when the world erases or distorts. Find out why Electric Lit has called Shelley Wong "the poet-queen the world needs right now."
Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears (YesYes Books, May 2022), winner of the 2019 Pamet River Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, and New England Review. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman, MacDowell, and Vermont Studio Center. She is an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts and lives in San Francisco.
S4:E 11 Ken Weisner Chats with Julie Murphy
Ken Weisner chats with Julie Murphy about odes, owls and homages. Ken has published three volumes of poetry with Santa Cruz’s own Hummingbird Press, including Anything on Earth in 2010 and Cricket to Star in 2019. Ken edits Red Wheelbarrow through De Anza College, where he also teaches. Ken coordinates, with Poetry Center San José, the annual Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize—this year’s final judge, Juan Felipe Herrera. In an earlier stage of life, Ken earned a doctorate in comparative literature from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. He also teaches poetry writing at Salinas Valley State Prison, currently using remote lesson plans. Please join us to hear poems from Ken's new manuscript and a lively conversation.
S4:E10 Erica Gillingham hosted by Farnaz Fatemi
Perhaps our most appropriate guest ever on The Hive: former Santa Cruzan Erica Gillingham discusses her debut poetry chapbook, The Human Body Is a Hive, a rich collection about queer love and queer family-making. Listen to Erica read from the book and share her pursuit of telling lesbian love stories in poems, "making a baby with science," and other revealing topics. With a guest cameo from her newborn son.
For U.S. orders, check out bookdepository.org
Follow Erica on IG or Twitter @ericareadsqueer
S4:E9 Gary Young interviewed by Julia Chiapella
Listen to poet, printmaker, teacher, and translator Gary Young read his poems and discuss his fascination with Japanese poetry, Confucianism, and the body as erotic epicenter.
That's What I Thought from Persea Books
Even So: New Selected Poems from Amazon
American Journal of Poetry feature
Precious Mirror: Poems by Kobun Chino Otogawa translated by Gary Young
S4:E8 Sally Ashton Hosted by Dion O'Reilly
Sally Ashton chats with Dion O'Reilly about prose poetry. Sally Ashton is a writer, teacher, and editor in chief of DMQ Review, an online journal of poetry and art. Publishing in three genres, she’s the author of 4 books including her latest The Behaviour of Clocks, WordFarm. She won first prize in the international Fish Flash Fiction contest and work appears inProse Poetry: An Introduction, and in A Cast-Iron Aeroplane That Actually Flies: Commentaries from 80 American Poets on their Prose Poems. She taught at SJSU for ten years in the undergraduate creative writing and composition programs and continues to teach workshops locally, Zoom and in person. Specializing in brief forms across genres and collaborations with artists, she has also taught multi-genre workshops at Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon.
S4:E 7 Kathryn Petruccelli Hosted by Julie Murphy
Join host Julie Murphy as she chats with Kathryn Pertuccelli about loving language and life's unexpected journeys. Kitty reads from her manuscript God of Sea. God of Salt. Her poems are full of images of the natural world, surprising turns and fresh language as they explore relationships, loss, and the deep life.
S4: E6 Writers of Color-Santa Cruz County Collective Hosted by Victoria Bañales
Listen to poets from the Writers of Color-Santa Cruz County Collective read & discuss their poems, touching upon themes of ancestry, culture, death, trauma, and healing. The group talks about their Día de los Muertos poetry event (Nov. 2021), during which they were targets of a racist Zoombombing. Featured poets include Sonya Pendrey, Shirley Flores-Muñoz, Claudia Ramírez Flores, Vivian Vargas, Chloe Gentile-Montgomery, Bob Gómez, and Victoria Bañales.
Sonya Pendrey is a soon-to-be graduate from UC Santa Cruz, who loves to hike and write. She hopes to help people and the planet through her work. Her writing is dedicated to fellow strong-minded women and her sweet pup, Lily. Instagram: @sobido
Shirley Flores-Muñoz teaches in the women’s studies and history department at Cabrillo College. She has been a champion of gender equity and has established programs that encourage and support social justice.
Claudia Ramírez Flores is a mother, poet and a Yale Writers’ Workshop Alumni. She seeks to empower her community with her stories and poetry.
Vivian Vargas is a Chicanx writer and photographer living in Santa Cruz, CA. She founded The Heidelberg Writers Group and is a member of Writers of Color-Santa Cruz County Collective. Webpage: www.writersofcolorsantacruz.org; www.vivianvargas.com; Email: email@example.com
Chloe Gentile-Montgomery is a Black poet and teacher based in the Bay Area. She grew up in Santa Cruz and is honored to be sharing her poetry and new book with her community. Webpage: www.chloegentilemontgomery.com/; Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChloeRGM; Twitter: @ChloeRGM
Bob Gómez, songwriter, singer, guitarist and poet, is a long-time resident of Watsonville, and worked as a Migrant and Bilingual Resource Teacher in the Pájaro Valley. He was recently named Watsonville’s first Poet Laureate.
Victoria Bañales is a Chicanx writer, teacher, mother, and activist based in Watsonville, CA. She is the editor of Journal X and a member of the Hive Poetry Collective. Webpage: www.cabrillo.edu/journal-x/
S4:E5 Dustin Brookshire and Denise Duhamel chat with Dion O'Reilly
Dion O'Reilly chats with Dustin Brookshire, the editor of Limp Wrist Magazine, and Denise Duhamel, his co-editor of the upcoming issue, which will feature poems about BARBIE! Listen to poems from the all-Barbie issue, including poems by Dorianne Laux, Gregg Shapiro, Caridad Moro-Granlier, and also a couple by both Denise and Dustin. The inspiration for this issue was Denise's 1997 book, Kinky--a collection of poems all about the Mattel superstar.
S4:E4 Julia Levine hosted by Julie Murphy
Award-winning poet Julia Levine joins host Julie Murphy and reads from her most recent collection of poem Ordinary Psalms. Julia's poems are full of startling images and metaphors. Please join this lively conversation about loss of vision, affliction, transformation and learning to trust.
S4:E3: Kelly Cressio-Moeller interviewed by Erin Redfern
Join host Erin Redfern as she talks with Kelly Cressio-Moeller about Kelly's first book, Shade of Blue Trees (Two Sylvias, 2021; Wilder Prize finalist). Enjoy the lush images of Kelly's poems and hear thoughts on grief and the poem as portent, train rides in Germany and her approach to form, painting and music as creative spurs, and heeding what in us "is making the most noise" to get our creative attention.
S4:E2: Victoria Bañales interviews Olga Rosales Salinas
Watsonville native & poet Olga Rosales Salinas discusses and reads from her book, La Llorona: Poetry & Prose. In this stunning collection in which La Llorona's presence looms large, Rosales Salinas tackles the violence of deportation, being first gen, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, religion, mental illness, assimilation, & more. To purchase her book, go to https://www.olgars.com/ All proceeds from book sales go to the Rosales Sisters' Scholarship, which benefits PVUSD Latinx students.
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S4:E1: Dion O'Reilly Chats with Poet Susan Browne
Dion O'Reilly interviews Susan Browne, who reads new poems and old ones from her book Just Living. They talk about Jim Moore's poem, "Whatever Else," a poem that studies the lyric beauty in a difficult world. She quotes Robert Hass who says, "Every line of your poem needs something interesting in it." Obviously true! But just try to do it!
S3: E39 Poems for a New World, hosted by Julia Chiapella
Hosted by Julia Chiapella, Hive members share poems to focus our collective consciousness on imagining a new world. From Yeats to Jessica Jacobs to Roger Reeves. Julia is joined by guests Julie Murphy and Farnaz Fatemi.
Poems from the episode:
Yeats The Second Coming
Marie Howe What The Silence Said
Sharon Olds A Song Near the End of the World
Roger Reeves For Black Children at the End of the World—and the Beginning
Jessica Jacobs: In the Village of My Body, Two People appeared in Copper Nickel, Issue 33
Ellen Bass How to Apologize https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/03/15/how-to-apologize
Jim Harrison Bridge
S:3 E:38 Julie Murphy Talks with Jessica Jacobs
Join host Julie Murphy as talks with Jessica Jacobs about solitude, revelation and inspiration. Jessica read's and discusses Ellen Bass' poem God and the G-Spot s well as poems from each of her books, including her forth coming collection of poems in conversation with the Book of Genesis.
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S:3 E:37: Dion O'Reilly talks with Michael Kleber-Diggs
S3: E36 Leonora Simonovis hosted by Erin Redfern and Farnaz Fatemi
Come spend time with Leonora Simonovis and our new favorite poetry book, Study of the Raft, which won the 2021 Colorado Prize and was published November 2021. Hear the poet read poems which explore what it means to be exiled from a place and culture, and also what she carries with her—fiercely and lovingly.
photo: IG @meterphoto
S.3 E35: Victoria Bañales with Violeta Orozco
Victoria Bañales interviews poet Violeta Orozco, who discusses and reads from her forthcoming book, The Broken Woman Diaries. Violeta's poems are a bold exploration of love, loss, displacement, and dismemberment, and the ways in which broken bodies can be healed and stitched back together.
Violeta Orozco is a bilingual author and spoken word artist from Mexico City. The Broken Woman Diaries is her third book and debut full-length poetry collection in English.
S:3 E:34: Dion O'Reilly chats with Stephen Kessler
Poet, translator, essayist, editor, and journalist Stephen Kessler returns to the Hive to chat with Dion O'Reilly. They read from his new book, Last Call and also a poem by the author Jack Gilbert.
S3: E33 Jessica Cohn and Nancy Miller Gomez, with host Farnaz Fatemi
In this week's episode, Jessica Cohn and Nancy Miller Gomez join host Farnaz Fatemi in the Hive to read new work and talk about their poetry lives. We hear about the extraordinary Santa Cruz poetry community, and about finding joy during the pandemic, facing self-doubt. Above all, we hear some fantastic poems.
(In individual segments: Jessica Cohn, part 1 and Nancy Miller Gomez part 2.)
S3:E32 Julie Murphy and Farnaz Fatemi Chat with David Allen Sullivan
Julie Murphy hosts this episode of The Hive Poetry Collective along with Farnaz Fatemi, chatting with Santa Cruz poet laureate David Allen Sullivan. David reads from his new book Black Butterflies Over Bagdad as well as new work. He also reads and talks about Inventing the Orange Peel , a poem by Meng Hui. They discuss community, compassion, and the power of sharing poetry across cultures as well as the Agents of Change Project for artists and poets.
S:3 E:31: Dion O'Reilly chats with Donika Kelly
Dion O'Reilly interviews Donika Kelly about her recently published collection, The Renunciations. Donika also reads "The Animal Spell" by Zachary Schomburg, one of her favorite poets.
S3: E29 Julia Chiapella interviews Camille T. Dungy
Tune in for a conversation that covers a lot of ground: a Keetje Kuipers poem, ice cream insights, and plenty of Camille's poems that work to illuminate the intersections of motherhood, history, race, and the body in space and time.
S3: E30 Poet Blanca Varela, translators Sara Daniele Rivera and Lisa Allen Ortiz
Join Farnaz Fatemi for this week’s very special show with the two poet-translators of just-published The Blinding Star (Tolsun Books), poems by the Peruvian poet Blanca Varela. Talk with and hear Sara Daniele Rivera and Lisa Allen Ortiz read Varela’s poems in both the original Spanish and their English translations. It’s a ride through the inner life of this wildly contemporary poet.
S3:E28 Dion O'Reilly chats with Diane Seuss
Dion O'Reilly interviews Diane Seuss about her fabulous new book Frank: Sonnets. Diane also reads a poem by the poet Frank O'Hara--an inspiration behind her book.
S3 E27: Julie Murphy Interviews Poet July Westhale
The Hive Poetry Collective S3 E27: Julie Murphy Interviews award winning poet July Westhale. July reads "The Presence In Absence" by Linda Gregg as well as her own poems from Via Negativa and Moon Moon, and discusses the importance of negative capability in life as well as poetry.
S3: E26 Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora, Hosted by Nikia Chaney
Listen to Nikia Chaney interview the editor and poets of ESSENTIAL VOICES: POETRY OF IRAN & ITS DIASPORA. Christopher Nelson, editor, is joined by Persis Karim, Armen Davoudian, the Hive's Farnaz Fatemi, and Arash Saedinia to read their poems and translations from the anthology (Sept 2021, Green Linden Press).
S3:E25 Nikia Chaney Interviews Katerina Canyon
In this conversation I talk to the poet, Katerina Canyon about her work and inspiration for her upcoming book: Surviving Home. Hear her read and few poems and be just as moved as I was. For more information about Katerina or to buy her book: https://www.poetickat.com
S3:E24 Dion O'Reilly interviews Lynne Thompson.
S3:E23 Julie Murphy Interviews Laure-Anne Bosselar
Julie Murphy interviews Laure-Anne Bosselar. They talk about love, loss, and longing for authenticity. Laure-Anne reads poems from her recent book These Many Rooms and talks about upcoming classes.
Laure-Ann Bosselaar - Academy of American Poets
Laure-Anne's Books at Four Way Books
S3: E22 Adela Najarro with Victoria Bañales
Victoria Bañales interviews Santa Cruz-based Latinx poet Adela Najarro.
Adela Najarro is the author of three poetry collections: Split Geography, Twice Told Over and My Childrens, a chapbook that includes teaching resources. With My Childrens she hopes to bring poetry into the classroom so that students can explore creative writing, identity, and what it means to be Latinx in US society. Every spring semester, she teaches a “Poetry for the People,” workshop at Cabrillo College where students explore personal voice and social justice through poetry and spoken word. More information about Adela can be found at her website: www.adelanajarro.com.
Círculo de poetas & Writers: Sign up for Círculo's 2021 online (Zoom) conference: Sat, August 14th, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm. Writing workshops, friendship, and open mic. Go to https://circulowriters.com/ to register.
Links to videos of five poems from My Childrens:
S3:E21: Dion O'Reilly interviews Carl Phillips.
S3:E21: Dion O'Reilly interviews Carl Phillips. They talk about regret, college reunions, Henry James, and Carl's latest book Pale Colors in a Tall Field. He also reads one of his favorite poems by Li Po and references the song "Wild is the Wind," the title of which he borrowed for the name of one of his books (Wild is the Wind).
S3: E20 Jen Siraganian, new Los Gatos Poet Laureate
Farnaz Fatemi and Erin Redfern hear and talk to Jen Siraganian about her poems and her work with various poetry organizations.
Jen is the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, California. She is a writer, educator, and literary organizer. She has served as Managing Director for Litquake: San Francisco’s Literary Festival, been nominated for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, earned scholarships from Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and authored a poetry chapbook titled “Fracture.” Her writing has appeared in Best New Poets 2016, Cream City Review, Mid-American Review, Smartish Pace, Barrow Street, Southwest Review, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, and other literary journals and anthologies.
S3:E19 Julie Murphy Interviews Dane Cervine
S3:E18: Dion O'Reilly interviews Mark Wunderlich.
Dion O'Reilly interviews Guggenheim Fellow Mark Wunderlich. He reads a poem by his friend and mentor Lucie Brock-Broido. He reads a poem by his friend and mentor Lucie-Brock Broido and from his latest book God of Nothingness
S3: E17 The Bees are in the Hive
A critical mass of six Hive members buzz in to this episode to share new poems.
Victoria Bañales teaches English at Cabrillo College, is founder and editor of Journal X, and a member of the Writers of Color Collective-Santa Cruz County. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including The Acentos Review, Cloud Women’s Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, and more. She is the recipient of the 2020 Porter Gulch Review Best Poetry Award and 2017 EOPS Instructor of the Year Award. She lives in Watsonville, CA.
Nikia Chaney is the author of us mouth (University of Hell Press, 2018) and two chapbooks, Sis Fuss (2012, Orange Monkey Publishing) and ladies, please (2012, Dancing Girl Press). She has served as Inlandia Literary Laureate (2016-2018). She is founding editor of shufpoetry, an online journal for experimental poetry, and founding editor of Jamii Publishing, a publishing imprint dedicated to fostering community service among poets and writers. She has been published in the Portland Review, Welter, Vinyl, Saranac Review, Kweli, 491, and Apogee. She teaches at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz.
Julia Chiapella’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Avatar Review, I-70 Review, The MacGuffin, Midwest Quarterly, Perceptions Magazine, phren-Z and The Wax Paper. She is the retired director of the Young Writers Program, which she established in 2012, opening an after-school writing lab and adjacent gallery at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. She received the Gail Rich Award in 2017 for creative contributions to Santa Cruz County.
Farnaz Fatemi’s manuscript, Sister Tongue, was a finalist for the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize and the Catamaran Literary Reader Poetry Prize, and is out in the world finding its long-term home. You can find her work in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me and How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope, and numerous journals. Farnaz taught Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for over 20 years.
Julie Murphy’s poems appear or are forthcoming in The Atlanta Review, The Buddhist Poetry Review, CALYX, Massachusetts Review, The Louisville Review, and The New Ohio Review Online among other journals and anthologies. A licensed psychotherapist, Julie developed Embodied Writing™. She hosts radio programs for the Hive Poetry Collective on KSQD. She is a founding member of the Right to Write Press and teaches poetry, as a volunteer, at Salinas Valley State Prison. Julie lives in Santa Cruz County, California.
Dion O'Reilly’s prize-winning debut book, Ghost Dogs, was published in February 2020 by Terrapin Books. Her work appears in American Journal of Poetry, Cincinnati Review, Narrative, The New Ohio Review, The Massachusetts Review, New Letters, Rattle, The Sun, and other literary journals and anthologies. She teaches ongoing workshops on Zoom, and soon, maybe, in her artsy messy house.
S3: E16 Journal X Debut
Farnaz Fatemi and Victoria Bañales interview poets and discuss Journal X, a new literary/arts journal focused on social justice. With poems from Victoria Bañales, Josslyn Glenn, hector son of hector, Geneffa Jahan, and Thomas Anthony Connor.
Facebook: Josslyn Glenn
S3:E15 Julie Murphy Interviews Nickole Brown
Julie Murphy interviews award winning poet Nickole Brown. Nickole reads from her stellar chapbook The Donkey Elegies and speaks passionately about donkeys, language and what is holy. If you haven't heard Nickole read, you're in for a real treat!
Nickole Brown teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program and the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, NC, where she periodically volunteers at several different animal sanctuaries. A chapbook of called To Those Who Were Our First Gods won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and a long sequence called The Donkey Elegies was published as a chapbook by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020.
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S3:E14 Dion O'Reilly interviews the poet Erin Belieu
Dion O'Reilly interviews the poet Erin Belieu. Erin reads from her new book Come Hither Honeycomb. She also reads and discusses the poem "Kindly," by Ashley Capps.
S3:E13 Julia Chiapella Interviews Poetry Out Loud Contestants
Julia Chiapella interviews this year's county contestants in the Poetry Out Loud competition. Hear our local high school students' experiences and listen to the poems they selected to be recited at the event.
S3:E12 Julie Murphy Interviews Ellen Bass
Don't miss Ellen Bass on The Hive Poetry Collective. Please join Ellen and host Julie Murphy in a lively discussion of Ellen's work and hear Ellen read poems from Indigo and more!
Buy Ellen's books here.
S3:E11 Dion O'Reilly interviews Leah Naomi Green
Dion O'Reilly chats with Leah Naomi Green about her recent award--The Lucille Clifton Award. They also read from her new book, The More Extravagant Feast, winner of the Walt Whitman Award. Hear the recorded Lucille Clifton Award event here (with Li-Young Lee).
S3: E10 Vanessa Angélica Villareal joins Farnaz Fatemi and Erin Redfern
Listen in to hear Vanessa Angélica Villareal read from her poems and talk deeply and passionately about the development of her book, Beast Meridian. We were moved by her rigorous, precise, and poetic mind and we know you will be too. If you’ve already read Beast Meridian, you will love hearing Villareal dive into portions of it. If you haven’t yet, you’re going to want to.
Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is the author of Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series 2017), a recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, a Kate Tufts Discovery Award nomination, and winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. She is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellow, and has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, The Boston Review, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She is working on a poetry and essay collection while raising her son in Los Angeles.
S3: E8: Dion O'Reilly Interviews Zack Rogow
Dion O'Reilly interviews author, editor, and translator Zack Rogow. He reads from his new book Irreverent Litanies.
S3:E7: Dion O'Reilly chats with Nikia Chaney
Dion O'Reilly chats with a new member of The Hive Poetry Collective, Nikia Chaney. We talk about her poetry and the new African-American literature class she is teaching at Cabrillo. We read some Ross Gay and Lucille Clifton.
S3:E5 Dion O'Reilly interviews Robert Stewart
Dion O'Reilly interviews Robert Stewart, long-time editor of New Letters, about his career as a writer and editor. He reads from his new book Working Class.
S3:E6 Julie Murphy & Julia Chiapella host the Hive Poetry Collective Valentines Special
Join hosts Julie Murphy and Julia Chiapella for the Hive Poetry Collective's Valentine's Day Special. We’ll read and discuss poems by Natalie Diaz, Jack Gilbert, Dorothy Parker, Tim Seibles and more...
S3: E4 Dion O'Reilly interviews Allison Luterman
S3: E3 What We've Unleashed Has Found Us: California Poets and Fire
Poets read their poems about fire and talk to host Farnaz Fatemi about writing them. With Lisa Ortiz, Carmen Fought, Terri Drake, Nicelle Davis, Maggie Paul, Roxi Power Hamilton, and Charles Atkinson. Let us know what you think at https://hivepoetry.org
Lisa Allen Ortiz
Bonny Doon video with Lisa’s poem:
Carmen Fought can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terri Drake’s poetry collection is called At The Seams, published by Bear Star Press
Charles Atkinson can be reached at email@example.com
Roxi Power can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
S3:E2 Julie Murphy Interviews Kim Scheiblauer with Dion O'Reilly
Julie Murphy interviews Kim Scheiblauer about her forthcoming book of poems "The Visitant" with a guest appearance of fellow Bee Dion O'Reilly! Don't miss these great poems and lively conversation about myth, place and the ineffable.
The Visitant by Kim Scheiblauer. Published soon by Hummingbird Press
S3:E1 Dion O'Reilly interviews Stephen Kessler.
S2: E36 The End Is Near: a Year in Review in Poems
Billy Butler introduces a range of poets who contribute poems about 'The End' — the end of the year, the end of good and bad things, times of transitions, and more.
Contributing poets in the order they appear:
Elliott Sky Case
Nathan Xavier Osorio
Tim Dlugos (archival audio recording)
The Poetry Project's New Year's Day Marathon:
Archival audio recording of Tim Dlugos provided by PennSound at the University of Pennsylvania: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Dlugos.php
New York Diary by Tim Dlugos forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in January: https://siblingrivalrypress.bigcartel.com/
Background audio track:
"Rising Tide" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
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S2: E35 Dion O'Reilly interviews Alexis Rhone Fancher
Dion O'Reilly interviews prolific poet Alexis Rhone Fancher about her many books and current projects.
S2:E34 Dion O'Reilly Interviews Francesca Bell
Dion O'Reilly talks with poet Francesca Bell about her life in poetry and her new book, the prize winning Bright Stain.
S2: E33 Politiczzz and Poetry
Farnaz Fatemi and Lisa Allen Ortiz celebrate the political work that poetry can do. In the shadow of our recent election, they read poems by Rick Barot, Lorna Dee Cervantes and Gary Copeland Lilley; they also discuss Farnaz’ own work and parse out what it means to define a poem as political.
S2:E32 Julie Murphy Interviews Ellen Bass and Cynthia White about the new gender-inclusive anthology "Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment, and Healing”
Julie Murphy interviews award winning poets Ellen Bass and Cynthia White about their poems and the work of Jericho Brown and Paul Tran included in the new gender-inclusive anthology Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment and Healing. Please join us as we read stunning poems and engage in a lively discussion of the power of poetry, how to write about difficult subjects, art and healing, and more.
From the Grabbed website:
"The editors asked writers and poets to add to the conversation about what being “grabbed” means to them in their own experience or in whatever way the word “grabbed” inspired them. What they received are often searing, heart-rending works, ranging in topic from sexual misconduct to racial injustice, from an unwanted caress to rape, expressed in powerful, beautifully crafted prose and poetry.
This book is for everyone who has ever felt alone in their experience of being grabbed, violated, overlooked, and silenced. This anthology is their voice. It is their war cry. It is their plea to be heard and be seen. We want this volume to provide hope to those who have yet to harness the power of their own story. Years in the making, the stitching together of this important narrative chronicles a moment in time which is, unfortunately, also timeless."
Grabbed: Writers and Poets on Sexual Assault, Empowerment and Healing edited by Richard Blanco, Caridad Moro, Nikki Moustaki, and Elisa Albo
The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 20th Anniversary Edition by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
I Never Told Anyone by Ellen Bass
S2:E31 Danusha Lameris and Dion O'Reilly talk about the poetry of Morgan Parker, featured guest of the 11th annual Morton Marcus memorial event
Listen to the buzz of the Morton Marcus annual event!
Award-winning poet, essayist, and novelist Morgan Parker will be the featured guest at the 11th annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading, which takes place this year as a virtual event on November 12. Danusha Lameris and Dion O'Reilly dive deep into Morgan Parker's poetry.
The Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading is held each year to honor poet, teacher, film critic, and Santa Cruz cultural icon Morton Marcus (1936-2009). It was created to continue Marcus’s tradition of bringing acclaimed poets to Santa Cruz County, to acknowledge the significant role poetry has played in the community's history, and to help preserve poetry's influence in the county's culture.
This community event is presented by the The Humanities Institute and co-sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz, the Cabrillo College English Department, Cowell College, the Living Writers Series, Ow Family Properties, Poetry Santa Cruz, the Porter Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund, and Porter College.
S2:E30 Dion O'Reilly lnterviews Karen Holmes and Ann Fisher-Wirth
Dion O'Reilly interviews fellow Terrapin Poets Karen Holmes and Ann Fisher-Wirth. We hear a few poems from their books, The Bones of Winter Birds, by Ann Fisher-Wirth and No Such Things as Distance, by Karen Holmes.
Season 2, Episode 29 The Healing Powers of Poetry: Julie Murphy interviews Rob Fisher and Hu Ting Ting
Listen here for the first episode dedicated to The Healing Powers of Poetry. Julie Murphy, LMFT interviews therapists and teachers Rob Fisher and Hu Ting Ting. Please join us as we read poems and share experiences with poetry in therapeutic settings. The Hive Poetry Collective: The Healing Powers of Poetry..
Ting Ting Website (in Mandarin)
The Hakomi Institute of California
S2 E28: Diane Louie, National Poetry Series winner for Fractal Shores
Diane Louie joins Farnaz Fatemi from her home in Paris, France, to talk about and read from her new book (October 2020) from
University of Georgia Press, Fractal Shores.
S2: E27 Dion O'Reilly interviews poet Elaine Nussbaum
Dion O'Reilly interviews poet Elaine Nussbaum who reads from her latest book Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Protest. She talks about her teacher, Allen Ginsberg, and her experience on the Great Peace March.
S2:E26 Julie Murphy Interviews Traci Brimhall
Please join me for a lively conversation with award winning poet Traci Brimhall. Traci will read poems from her new book "Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod" and share her thoughts about love, vulnerability, death and writing. Aired on KSQD 90.7 FM Sunday September 27! The Hive Poetry Collective: Julie Murphy interviews Traci Brimhall. Season 2, Episode 26.
S2: E25 Poetry for the Seeming End Times
Farnaz Fatemi talks to Hive members Billy Butler and Dion O’Reilly about poetry in the seeming end times. Listen in to conversation about wildfires, the 2020 election, hair product, facing uncertainty, friendship, and more.
Billy Butler read from his essay, the Finer Points of Being an Anxious Person When Bad Things Happen, https://thebolditalic.com/what-you-have-when-you-may-lose-everything-2efa304c827c
Dion O’Reilly read a poem soon to appear in Anti-Heroin Chic,
Poets/Poems mentioned in the show
William Bronk https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/william-bronk
Francine J Harris https://poets.org/poet/francine-j-harris
Keith Wilson Ode to the Police https://aprweb.org/poems/ode-to-the-police4
Pamela Hart American Mother https://www.slowdownshow.org/episode/2020/05/15/385-american-mother?fbclid=IwAR05La9QntqdGs2f0585kk20c3zhrk7oxZ3s5DUmyTzLLudGUZZyoRvo4Qs
E2: S24- Ross Gay
In these sad and broken days, let's not forget delight and what it's made of— rage and rapture. Lisa Allen Ortiz hosts an episode of PROSETRY on the Hive that celebrates Ross Gay's poetry and prose and features Gay reading excerpts from his Book of Delights. Buzz in for a listen and discover that joy is powerful medicine.
S2: E23 Dion O'Reilly talks with Julie Murphy and Cynthia White about Poems For our Times
Dion O'Reilly talks with poet Cynthia White and fellow Bee Julie Murphy about our favorite poems. We read Diane Seuss, Lucille Clifton, Robert Frost, Tracy K. Smith, and Frank Gaspar.
S2E22: Julie Murphy Interviews Santa Cruz Poets Cynthia White and Maggie Paul
Listen here for a great conversation and great poems. Julie Murphy interviews Cynthia White and Maggie Paul, Santa Cruz poets, who read new work and talk about nature, metaphor, and who inspires them.
Cynthia White Facebook:
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
S2:E21 A conversation between the poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris
A conversation between the beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, marking the occasion of the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award.
S2:E20 Dion O'Reilly interviews Bay Area poet Meryl Natchez.
Dion O'Reilly interviews Bay Area poet Meryl Natchez. You can find her newest book Catwalk right HERE.
S2:E19 Julie Murphy Interviews Barbara Rockman
Join host Julie Murphy and Santa Fe poet, Barbara Rockman, as they share poems and talk about about her award winning book to cleave. The conversation weaves through themes of marriage, loss, aging, and spirituality.
S2:E18 Flashback Honey- Meg Freitag
Honey from the Flashback Hive —Poet and Fiction Writer Meg Freitag talks with Lisa Allen Ortiz about fiction, boxes, God, mirrors and of course poetry written to dead parakeets named Edith.
S2: E17 Dion O'Reilly interviews Jeanne Morel
Dion O'Reilly interviews Seattle poet, editor, and teacher Jeanne Morel. You can find her newest chapbook HERE.
S2 E16 Armen Davoudian interviewed by Farnaz Fatemi
The Hive was thrilled to host Armen Davoudian and hear poems from his forthcoming book, Frost Place Chapbook contest winner Swan Song (Bull City Press). Farnaz Fatemi talked to Armen about translation as metaphor, James Merrill, listening to poems in foreign tongues, growing up Armenian in Isfahan, and how "the sonnet is perfectly engineered to talk about immigration.”
"Alibi" (in The Offing)
"Wake-Up Call" (Poetry Daily)
Summer Heat - the Beez are Buzzing!
Summer is almost here! Join host Julie Murphy and fellow Hive Poetry Collective members Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O’Reilly as they read and discuss poems inspired by the season.
“We Were Happy During the War” appears in Deaf Republic, by Ilya Kaminsky. “Crabs” appears in Telling the Bees, by Faith Shearin. “From Blossoms” appears in Rose by Li-Young Lee. “First Blues” appears in Disappearing Act by Saundra Rose Maley. “After Reading Tu Fu, I Go Outside to the Dwarf Orchard” appears in Chickamauga by Charles Wright. “A Small Needful Fact” by Ross Gay. “How Batteries Work” by Lisa Allen Ortiz.
S2:E14 Dion O'Reilly talks with San Jose poet Erin Redfern.
S2 E13: Dion O'Reilly talks with fellow Terrapin poets Kory Wells and David Graham.
Dion O'Reilly talks with fellow Terrapin Books poets Kory Wells and David Graham.
Find information on Kory here:
on Wells's writing with incarcerated women:
and Wells's NPM videos mentioned in our conversation:
For information on David Graham:
Graham's website: www.davidgrahampoet.com
Graham's column "Poetic License" accessible through the Verse-Virtual homepage: http://www.verse-virtual.org/
Graham's Instagram: www.instagram.com/doctorjazz/
S2:E12 Poems from the Inside
Julie Murphy interviews fellow teachers of the Salinas Valley State Prison Poetry Workshop—Rose Black, Lisa Charnock and Ken Weisner. Please join our lively conversations about the poetry workshop, our experiences teaching, and be ready to hear some amazing poems written by the workshop participants! Broadcast Sunday, May 24th on KSQD 90.7 Santa Cruz.
For those interested in learning more or being involved:
A Few California Arts in Corrections Websites:
William James Foundation
Newsom’s proposal (before the Corona Virus hit!)
Lobby these people:
Great local Advocate for Arts in corrections: Assemblyman Mark Stone (who is on the arts committee)
California Lawyers for the Arts (instrumental in advocacy for arts in corrections
Another great rehabilitative program to support:
Proven tio reduce recidivism, waiting lists for workshops
Started by Quakers after Attica, great curriculum, led by outside facilitators and experienced inmates
Here’s the National Site for AVP:
De Anza College literary journal pub wishes both a student edition and a national edition annually.
Work by inmates is featured each issue alongside work of poets & writers from around the region and the country.
Right to Write Press:
Publishes limited edition chapbooks by prisoners for their families, friends
Scroungy by Joseph Weldin
A Place to Stand directed by Daniel Glick
Bill Moyers Language of Life
S2 E11: 1) Why Do Iranians Love Poetry? 2) Interview with Mara Poliak about Poetry in Their World
This episode, hosted by The Hive’s Farnaz Fatemi, is in two segments. The first, "Why Do Iranians Love Poetry," was produced by Shabnam Piryaei. Part two is an interview with artist Mara Poliak about dance, movement, poetry and poems.
Links to material mentioned:
Forrugh Farrokhzad translated by Sholeh Wolpe
The Captive Bird by Jazmin Darznik
Revolutionary Letter #1 by Diane diPrima
New and Selected poems Cecilia Vicuña
Intervenir/Intervene. Dolores Dorantes and Rodrigo Flores Sánchez, trans. from the Spanish by Jen Hofer.
Zoom Forward! Reading Series
Catamaran Literary Reader Events
S2: E8 Danusha Lameris and Healing the Divide
Danusha Lameris and Armando Alcarez read from Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness edited by James Crews.
S2:E10 Dion O'Reilly interviews poet Paul Hostovsky
Dion O'Reilly interviews the prolific poet, Paul Hostovsky. We talk about deafness, blindness, harmonica playing, cocoanuts, and, of course, poetry. Learn more about Paul at: http://www.paulhostovsky.com/
Julie Murphy hosts The Hive: Loneliness in the Time of Coronavirus
Julie Murphy hosts Hive Poets Dion O'Reilly, Farnaz Fatemi, and Lisa Allen Ortiz in a discussion of loneliness and the power of poetry. The Hive poets share favorite poems of inspiration and consolation for sheltering in place and talk about what it means to be a poet at this time.
S2:E7 Dion O'Reilly interviews Ken Weisner
Dion O'Reilly interviews Ken Weisner, De Anza College Community College English teacher and editor of Red Wheelbarrow, the DeAnza literary journal. He coordinates, with Poetry Center San José to hold the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize. For fifteen years, Ken edited Quarry West out of Porter College, UCSC. Ken has published three volumes of his own poetry with Santa Cruz’s Hummingbird Press, including Anything on Earth in 2010. and his most recent, Cricket to Star Ken’s poems have appeared most recently in Perfume River Poetry Review, Catamaran, Caesura, Nine Mile, Porter Gulch Review, and Phren-Z. Ken also teaches poetry writing at Salinas Valley State Prison.
S2 E6 Filmmaker Iva Radivojevic in Conversation with Farnaz Fatemi
Filmmaker Iva Radivojevic joins Hive host Farnaz Fatemi in this episode of Poetry in the World to talk about how poems—their visions, the process of making them, the poets who write them—are integral to her art. This episode is a meal full of poems, prompts, artistic vision. Sink your teeth in!
Mentioned in our conversation:
Woman, Native, Other by Trinh T. Minh-Ha
Cecilia Vicuña (Language is Migrant)
Roland Barthes "I like, I don’t like"
Roberto Bolaño Antwerp
Bolaño quotes https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/7350263-amberes
Nicanor Parra AntiPoems
Season 2 Episode 5 Julie Murphy Interviews Kerrin McCadden
In this episode, Julie Murphy interviews Kerrin McCadden about her chapbook Keep This to Yourself, winner of the 2020 Button Poetry Prize. Don’t miss Kerrin's beautiful, honest poems and this soulful conversation about family, addiction, and loss. Aired March 22, 2020 on KSQD 90.7 FM. Keep This to Yourself will be released March 24, 2020!
Keep This to Yourself:
Addiction & Substance Use Disorder Resources:
24 hour Help Line:
S2E4: Billy Butler interviews Chestina Craig
On this episode of the Hive, Billy Butler talks with local Santa Cruz-area poet Chestina Craig about her book Daughter of Salt, forthcoming from Picture Show Press later this March. Topics include: marine biology, the best worst reality TV shows, the joy and unbearable weirdness of being in Santa Cruz, finsta accounts, and more. Chestina will be reading poems from her new book on an Instagram livestream (@chesseea) on March 19 at 7pm PST.
You can stay updated with the Hive Poetry Collective at our website: hivepoetry.org or look for the Hive Poetry Collective on Facebook and Twitter. You can check out other programming at KSQD by going online to ksqd.org or tuning in to 90.7FM in Santa Cruz.
S2E3: Rebecca Foust joins host Dion O’Reilly for a conversation.
Northern California poet Rebecca Foust Skypes into the Hive to join host Dion O’Reilly for a conversation. Find her chapbook Unexploded Ordnance Bin HERE.
Season 2 Episode 2 Julie Murphy Interviews Gail Newman
Julie Murphy interviews San Francisco poet Gail Newman about her award winning book Blood Memory. Gail, a daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors, talks about her poetry, memory, and faith.
Ellen Bass: Truth and Beauty with Marie Howe
Lisa Allen Ortiz travels to La Honda to talk to David LeCount about his 45 year haiku habit, living with nature and how he met his teacher, James Hackett. Ortiz also presses the mute button for the second half of the field interview— ah, but the episode is saved by Farnaz Fatemi who comes by the hive to read haiku by Hackett and LeCount. And-- for your further delight-- here is LeCount's poem that won the 1989 Japanese Haiku Society Grand Prize:
a child's fingers
hatch the moon
S1 E37 Dion O'Reilly talks with poet David Sullivan about his long poem, "Nightjars"
Dion O'Reilly talks with poet David Sullivan about his long poem, "Nightjars," about the friendship between an Iraqi interpreter and a US soldier. With Arabic speaker, Aisha Charves, David reads a section from the opening of the poem.
Episode 36) Dion O'Reilly interviews Finn Gratton
Dion O'Reilly interviews Finn V. Gratton, LMFT about their poetry, their work as a somatic psychotherapist, and their book, Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults.
Episode 35) Danusha Laméris interviews Dion O'Reilly about her new book
Danusha Laméris talks to Dion O'Reilly about her new book, Ghost Dogs which is available for pre-order from Bookshop Santa Cruz also available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
The rainy night conversation includes tasty tidbits about compost piles, waking up with a new face, and the parables of Jesus Christ!
Learn more about Dion O'Reilly, including upcoming appearances and ongoing workshops at her website.
Ploi Pirapokin lands in The Hive--Interview by Farnaz Fatemi
Our feature is a lively and thoughtful interview with writer Ploi Pirapokin about poetry in her world--how it influences her prose, her teaching, and her days. She talks to Farnaz about emotional turns, point of view, images and more, and reads from some of her favorite poems. Mentioned in this conversation:
For the Taking, Linda Gregerson
Episode 33) Dion O'Reilly interviews poet Cynthia Neely and reviews John McCarthy's Scared Violent Like Horses.
Dion O'Reilly interviews poet Cynthia Neely and reviews John McCarthy's amazing collection of poems, Scared Violent Like Horses.
Find Cynthia Neely 's book HERE.
Find information on John McCarthy HERE.
Find McCarthy's Scared Violent like Horses HERE.
Patricia Smith dazzles Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O'Reilly at The Hive
Co-hosts Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O'Reilly discuss the virtuosic poet Patricia Smith. Let Smith’s poetry alter your mind (as poetry should!) with her intense subject matter and comforting beats. Hear poems and discussion from her books Incendiary Art and Blood Dazzler, and explore poetry forms like the Golden Shovel, invented by Terrance Hayes after a Gwendolyn Brooks poem, and used by Smith in Incendiary Art.
Poet Lee Rossi stops by the Hive to chat with Lisa Allen Ortiz about his new book Darwin’s Garden and about fleeing seminary commitments, the Eden of back yards, climate change, true love and knee caps. Lee Rossi is the author of three books of poetry and a regular contributor to Sun Magazine, reviewer for Pedestal and a contributing editor to Poetry Flash. Keep up with all the buzz at www.hivepoetry.org.
Episode 30) Danusha Laméris and Dion O’Reilly read and discuss poems about Santa Cruz.
The first in a series, Santa Cruz Poet Laureate Danusha Laméris and poet Dion O’Reilly host a show featuring poems about Santa Cruz. Included is work from Ellen Bass, Joseph Stroud, Gary Young and also a few written by the hosts.
Joseph Stroud’s book launch for his latest collection Everything That Rises will be December 8th, 2019 at 3:00 pm at the beautiful Cabrillo College Horticulture Center.
Also, the Patricia Smith reading is on December 8th, 2019 7:00pm at MAH. For information and to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patricia-smith-at-the-mah-december-8-tickets-77655350243?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Lisa Allen Ortiz interviews Kierstin Bridger
When history and poetry collide-- Colorado poet Kierstin Bridger buzzes into the Hive. Find out more about Bridger or order her books at https://kierstinbridger.com/books/
Episode 28) The Halloween Show: Dion O'Reilly hosts The Willing Suspension Armchair Theater reading Edgar Allen Poe
Buzzing about Poetry with Lisa Allen Ortiz, Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O'Reilly
Three hive members buzz about poems and poets they’ve been reading, and what to make of it all. Tune in to hear a poem by our new U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo, from the most recent Pulitzer winner, Forrest Gander, and more.
IMPROVED SOUND Autumn Episode! Hosted by Farnaz Fatemi
Some Autumn Poems:
Didi Jackson https://poets.org/poem/fall-1
Emily Jungmin Moon https://poets.org/poem/between-autumn-equinox-and-winter-solstice-today
Emily Dickinson https://poets.org/poem/besides-autumn-poets-sing-131
Edgar Kunz, Tap Out
Danusha Laméris Interviews Zubair Ahmed
Danusha Laméris and Armando Alcaraz in conversation with the poet Zubair Ahmed. We learn about his journey here from Bangladesh and about poetry as saving grace. Find his work at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/zubair-ahmed.
Bonus: Thirteen-Minute Episode Segment-- Dion O'Reilly and Danusha Laméris Read From A Constellation of Kisses
Danusha Lameris and Dion O'Reilly read their poems from the anthology A Constellation of Kisses. They also talk craft and the backstories behind the poems. The book is available here:
Dion O'Reilly interviews poet and publisher Diane Lockward
Dion O'Reilly interviews poet and publisher Diane Lockward about her poetry, Terrapin Books, and the anthology Constellation of Kisses. Find out more about Diane Lockward and read her poems here: http://www.dianelockward.com/
Learn about Terrapin Books here: https://www.terrapinbooks.com/
Sam Roxas-Chua talks with Lisa Allen Ortiz
Sam Roxas-Chua touches down at the Hive to talk with Lisa Allen Ortiz about his book Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, asemic writing, alligator crabs, poems that write poets and other secret things.
Dion O'Reilly talks to Bay Area Poet Amanda Moore
Dion O'Reilly interviews San Francisco poet, teacher, and bee keeper Amanda Moore. Find out more about Amanda and read more of her wonderful work at https://amandapmoore.com/about.
Poetry in the World: Raja Feather Kelly and Prosetry: Charles Simic
This episode features a conversation between Farnaz Fatemi and choreographer, dancer and writer, Raja Feather Kelly, about the intersection of poetry and his art and life. And another fabulous installment of Lisa Allen Ortiz's Prosetry, in which she examines the work of Charles Simic.
More about Raja can be found on Instagram: @rajafeatherkelly, and at: http://thefeath3rtheory.com/
Danusha Lameris Interviews Veronica Kornberg
This week’s Hive: Danusha Lameris talks with poet and winner of last year’s Morton Marcus Prize, Veronica Kornberg. Hear more of Veronica’s poems, a few of Mort’s, and learn more about this Central Coast writer.
Dion O’Reilly interviews Julia Chiapella of The Young Writers Program
Dion O’Reilly interviews Julia Chiapella of The Young Writers Program, a program sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education which brings poetry to 4th-12th graders in Santa Cruz City Schools. Three students and a teacher speak passionately on the benefits of poetry for school age children. Find more about this program including how to volunteer at https://youngwriterssc.org
Danusha Lameris and Dion O’Reilly interview Santa Cruz poet William Ward Butler, aka Billy Butler
Danusha Lameris and Dion O’Reilly interview Santa Cruz poet William Ward Butler, aka Billy Butler. We hear some of his poems and talk high school poetry slams, falling trees, Frank O’Hara and more.
Dion O'Reilly interviews Julia Levine. Farnaz Fatemi's segment of "What We Are Reading"
Dion O’Reilly interviews Julia Levine. Julia B. Levine has won numerous awards for her work, including the Northern California Book Award in Poetry for Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight. She has three other books: Ditch Tender, Ask, and Practicing for Heaven. She received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University. She lives and works in Davis,California.
Also, Farnaz Fatemi reads from Flèche by Mary Jean Chan and Halal If You Hear Me: The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3, edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo
Dion O'Reilly interviews Susan Browne and Catherine Serguson
Susan Browne, winner of the Catamaran Poetry Prize, reads from her new book, Just Living, which was chosen as the Catamaran Poetry Prize winner. Catherine Segurson, editor and chief of Catamaran, talks about the Catamaran Literary Reader and all of Catamaran's many contributions to the literary scene in the Monterey Bay.
The Hive Gets Buzzing
In three segments, this Hive episode is dripping with fresh nectar, and chock full of an exploration of what poetry can mean. Lisa Allen Ortiz introduces a new segment called “Prosetry.” Her subject this episode is Mary Ruefle. Farnaz Fatemi is joined by the visual artist Marnie Briggs on her segment, “Poetry In The World.” Armando Alcaraz and Danusha Laméris read poems in Spanish and English by Luis Cernuda.
Mentioned in the show:
Marnie Briggs on Instagram: @mar_nie
Hummingbird Press interviewed by Danusha Laméris
Santa Cruz Poet Laureate Danusha Lameris in conversation with some of the members of the local Hummingbird Poetry Press. Guests include: Wilma Marcus Chandler, George Lober, Maggie Paul, Chuck Atkinson, and Angie Boissevain.
More info about the press at: https://dasulliv1.wixsite.com/hummingbirdpress
Farnaz Fatemi interviews artist Christian Berman
The Hive premieres a new segment, hosted by Farnaz Fatemi, called Poetry in the World. Farnaz talks with the multi-disclipinary artist, Christian Berman, about why writing poetry matters and how it informs his art practice (image courtesy Christian Berman). Dion O’Reilly talks about Who and What she is reading. Also includes the local poetry calendar for June.
Find more about Christian at http://www.cruizberman.com and @cruizberman
Lisa Ortiz interviews poet Esther Kamkar
Beloved Palo Alto poet Esther Kamkar joins Lisa Allen Ortiz and the Hive Poetry Collective this Sunday at 8pm on KSQD 90.7, Santa Cruz. Esther will read from her new book "of such things."
Interview with Jory Post by Danusha Laméris
A conversation between Danusha Laméris and Jory Post. Talking about Phren-z, Santa Cruz Writes, health, illness and the prose poem. Includes Jory’s recent work.
Interview with David Sullivan and Poets of The Porter Gulch Review by Lisa Allen Ortiz on The Hive
Celebrate the 2019 issue of Porter Gulch Review with editor David Allen Sullivan and a panel of this year’s contributors: Victoria Bañales, Jennifer Lagier, Travis DeYoung, Kate Avraham, and Robin White Turtle Lysne as they read poems from the issue.
Lisa Allen Ortiz hosts this episode of The Hive.
Interview with Laurence White -- The Hive Poetry Collective
Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O'Reilly interview local Santa Cruz poet and songwriter, Laurence White. We hear Laurence read and sing and talk further about both. Episode also includes a segment from The Hive called, Who Are We Reading?
From the Laurence White interview:
Follow Laurence at @caravaggioboy
Listen to Laurence’s music:
· https://shallowdiverecords.bandcamp.com/track/homesick-- this is the track you heard on our show.
· https://chaoticfutch.bandcamp.com/releases--this is the “bedroom EP” Laurence refers to.
More info on Word Church can be found here
Farnaz mentioned a movie which takes place at Transylvania U in Kentucky. It is American Animals.
In the “Who Are We Reading” segment:
Dion read from Ploughshares; she also mentioned New Ohio Reviewand New England Review.
Farnaz read from Halal If You Hear Me: Breakbeat Poets vol 3, newly released.
Monday, May 6 @ Word Church: Billy Butler, Featured Poet
Thursday, May 9 @ Peace United: Brenda Shaughnessy and Ellen Bass
Interview with Danusha Laméris by Dion O'Reilly on The Hive: Poetry Collective
Poet Laureate Danusha Laméris talks about her life, her writing, and her role as poet laureate. She reads a few poems from her first book The Moons of August and also some new ones from her second book-- Bonfire Opera-- which will be available in spring 2020.
In Her Shoes--guests of The Hive Poetry Collective
Singer/ songwriter Sarah Cruse leads a discussion with other members of In Her Shoes, a local event that features African-American women sharing their experiences through poetry/ spoken word.
Host: Sarah Cruse
Interview with Meg Freitag by The Hive Poetry Collective
In this episode of the Hive Poetry Hour, Meg Frietag, author of the award winning collection Edith, reads poems and discusses parakeets, love, childhood, teeth, consciousness and the pitfalls of calling fiction fiction.
Host: Lisa Allen Ortiz
Following the interview is the Hive poetry calendar.
Ada Limón Discussion -- The Hive Poetry Collective
Danusha Laméris and Dion O’Reilly discuss poet Ada Limón.
Tony Hoagland discussion -- The Hive Poetry Collective
Santa Cruz Poet Laureate Danusha Laméris and Dion O’Reilly discuss Tony Hoagland– his contribution to American letters, his life, and controversial work.
Poets from In Celebration of the Muse -- guests of The Hive Poetry Collective
Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O’Reilly interview Wilma Marcus Chandler and In Celebration of the Muse poets. We hear about the history of The Muse celebration in Santa Cruz, and also the poets read their work. Featuring Danusha Lameris, Carol Brensel, Jessica Cohn, Nancy Gomez, Rosie King, and Maggie Paul.
Interview with Christopher Soriano by The Hive Poetry Collective
As part of our Community Outreach Series, we meet Watsonville-based poet, writer, and teacher Christopher Soriano who speaks to us about his life and work. Find him on Instagram and Twitter @chsoripalma and at christophersorianowrites.wordpress.com
Episode Hosts: Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O'Reilly