The Hive Poetry Collective

Episode 30) Danusha Laméris and Dion O’Reilly read and discuss poems about Santa Cruz.

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Airing on KSQD 90.7 FM most Sundays at 8:00, the Hive Poetry Collective is a buzz of poets in Santa Cruz, California— a swarm of radio conversations, public readings, and writing workshops.
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Airing on KSQD 90.7 FM most Sundays at 8:00, the Hive Poetry Collective is a buzz of poets in Santa Cruz, California— a swarm of radio conversations, public readings, and writing workshops.

More places to listen

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. 
December 10, 2019
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.
December 2, 2019
Lee Rossi
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
November 29, 2019
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. Events: 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:
November 13, 2019
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
November 5, 2019
Episode 28) The Halloween Show: Dion O'Reilly hosts The Willing Suspension Armchair Theater reading Edgar Allen Poe
Did you miss our Halloween show on KSQD due to the power outage. Listen here as a podcast. Dion O'Reilly hosts Wilma Marcus and The Willing Armchair Theater reading poetry by Edgar Allen Poe.  Learn more about the Willing Suspension Armchair Theater HERE. Learn more about Edgar Allen Poe HERE.
October 30, 2019
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.
October 15, 2019
IMPROVED SOUND Autumn Episode! Hosted by Farnaz Fatemi
The autumn episode. Jump into the crispy leaf pile tonight with host Farnaz Fatemi. Highlights include Farnaz reading seasonally-appropriate poems to help soften the blow of the leap into fall; an interview with Andrew Sivak of newcomer Bad Animal Books in Santa Cruz about their visions for poetry and poetry-related events at the store; Dion O’Reilly on the poet Edgar Kunz, and a full cornucopia of the local poetry calendar to make note of. Some Autumn Poems: Didi Jackson Emily Jungmin Moon Emily Dickinson Bad Animal Books Edgar Kunz, Tap Out
October 10, 2019
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
October 4, 2019
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: 
September 25, 2019
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: Learn about Terrapin Books here:
September 23, 2019
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. 
September 16, 2019
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
September 2, 2019
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:
August 27, 2019
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.
August 20, 2019
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
August 6, 2019
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. 
August 1, 2019
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
July 17, 2019
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.
July 7, 2019
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
July 7, 2019
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:
July 3, 2019
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 and @cruizberman 
June 10, 2019
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." 
June 6, 2019
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.
May 27, 2019
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.
May 22, 2019
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? LINKS: From the Laurence White interview: Follow Laurence at @caravaggioboy  Listen to Laurence’s music:  · this is the track you heard on our show.  · 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.  Poetry Calendar:  Monday, May 6 @ Word Church: Billy Butler, Featured Poet Thursday, May 9 @ Peace United: Brenda Shaughnessy and Ellen Bass
May 6, 2019
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. 
April 30, 2019
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
April 28, 2019
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.
April 28, 2019
Ada Limón Discussion -- The Hive Poetry Collective
Danusha Laméris and Dion O’Reilly discuss poet Ada Limón.
April 28, 2019
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.
April 28, 2019
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.
April 28, 2019
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 Episode Hosts: Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O'Reilly
April 28, 2019
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