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/
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, 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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