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
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.
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.
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
Crush, Richard Siken
BBHMM, Tiana Clark
Aubade with Burning City, Ocean Vuong
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
Bad Animal Books
Edgar Kunz, Tap Out
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.
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 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 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.
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