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The Hive Poetry Collective

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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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S2: E35 Dion O'Reilly interviews Alexis Rhone Fancher

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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. Buy Study of the Raft here. photo: IG @meterphoto
November 29, 2021
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. Violeta Orozco: Instagram: @vletra Facebook:
November 15, 2021
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.
November 9, 2021
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.)
November 3, 2021
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. David Sullivan Agents of Change Project Bookshop Santa Cruz
October 26, 2021
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. 
October 5, 2021
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.
September 28, 2021
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.
September 28, 2021
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.
September 6, 2021
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. July Westhale Linda Gregg
September 1, 2021
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).  Show links: Christopher Nelson  Armen Davoudian Farnaz Fatemi Persis Karim
August 23, 2021
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:
August 12, 2021
S3:E24 Dion O'Reilly interviews Lynne Thompson.
S3:E24 Dion O'Reilly interviews Los Angeles poet laureate, Lynne Thompson.
August 5, 2021
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-Anne Bosselaar Website Laure-Ann Bosselaar - Academy of American Poets Laure-Anne's Books at Four Way Books SUNJUNE Collaborative
July 29, 2021
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: 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 to register. Links to videos of five poems from My Childrens: My Childrens Lorca's Rain Las Mujeres Chicanos in a Museum An Ambiguity
July 13, 2021
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). 
July 5, 2021
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.
July 3, 2021
S3:E19 Julie Murphy Interviews Dane Cervine
Dane reads from his new book The World Is God’s Language and the poem “Origin" by Sarah Lindsey.  
June 15, 2021
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
June 7, 2021
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.
June 1, 2021
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. Journal X: email: Victoria Bañales Josslyn Glenn: Facebook: Josslyn Glenn Twitter: Funky_Nurd Email:
May 24, 2021
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. Nickole Brown's Website SunJune Literary Collaborative
May 11, 2021
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.
May 4, 2021
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. 
May 3, 2021
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! Ellen Bass' Website Buy Ellen's books here.
April 12, 2021
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). 
April 9, 2021
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. Purchase:
March 30, 2021
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.
March 10, 2021
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. 
March 4, 2021
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.
February 16, 2021
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... Natalie Diaz Jack Gilbert Tim Seibles Beth Ann Fennelly Dorothy Parker Robert Wrigley Dorianne Laux
February 15, 2021
S3: E4 Dion O'Reilly interviews Allison Luterman
S3: E4 Dion O'Reilly interviews Alison Luterman about her new book In the Time of Great Fires.
February 2, 2021
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 Lisa Allen Ortiz Mychorrhiza: Bonny Doon video with Lisa’s poem: Carmen Fought can be reached at: Maggie Paul Nicelle Davis Terri Drake’s poetry collection is called At The Seams, published by Bear Star Press Charles Atkinson can be reached at Roxi Power can be reached at
January 24, 2021
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
January 11, 2021
S3:E1 Dion O'Reilly interviews Stephen Kessler.
Dion O'Reilly interviews Santa Cruz poet, translator, and journalist Stephen Kessler.
January 5, 2021
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: Colin Drohan Elliott Sky Case José Diaz Prince Bush Joumana Altallal Nathan Blansett Kim Harvey Dana K Mac Axton Nathan Xavier Osorio Kevin Bertolero Isaac Williams Billy Butler 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: New York Diary by Tim Dlugos forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in January: Background audio track: "Rising Tide" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License To stay connected with the Hive Poetry Collective, you can visit
December 27, 2020
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.
December 16, 2020
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. 
December 10, 2020
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.
November 30, 2020
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 Grabbed Website Ellen Bass Cynthia White 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
November 24, 2020
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.
November 10, 2020
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.
November 3, 2020
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.. Rob Fisher Website Ting Ting   Website (in Mandarin) Ellen Bass: If You Knew The Hakomi Institute of California The Hakomi Institute of China
October 27, 2020
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.
October 13, 2020
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.
October 5, 2020
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.   
September 29, 2020
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, Dion O’Reilly read a poem soon to appear in Anti-Heroin Chic, Poets/Poems mentioned in the show William Bronk Francine J Harris Keith Wilson Ode to the Police Pamela Hart American Mother
September 17, 2020
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. 
September 7, 2020
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.
September 1, 2020
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.   Maggie Paul  Website    Facebook: Cynthia White  Facebook: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
August 24, 2020
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.
August 14, 2020
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.
August 4, 2020
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.
July 28, 2020
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.
July 15, 2020
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. 
July 7, 2020
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)
June 29, 2020
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.
June 15, 2020
S2:E14 Dion O'Reilly talks with San Jose poet Erin Redfern. 
Dion O'Reilly talks with San Jose poet Erin Redfern. 
June 8, 2020
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: Graham's column "Poetic License" accessible through the Verse-Virtual homepage: Graham's Instagram:
June 2, 2020
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.  Links: 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: Literature: Red Wheelbarrow: 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 Chapbooks: Scroungy by Joseph Weldin Baca Films: A Place to Stand directed by Daniel Glick Bill Moyers Language of Life
May 27, 2020
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: Shabnam Piryaei 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
May 12, 2020
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.
May 10, 2020
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:
May 4, 2020
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.
April 28, 2020
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.
April 6, 2020
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 Nicanor Parra  AntiPoems
March 30, 2020
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! LINKS Kerrin McCadden: Facebook Twitter  @kerrinmccadden Los Angeles Review Keep This to Yourself: Button Poetry Amazon Addiction & Substance Use Disorder Resources: Websites: 24 hour Help Line: 1-800-662-HELP
March 23, 2020
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: or look for the Hive Poetry Collective on Facebook and Twitter. You can check out other programming at KSQD by going online to or tuning in to 90.7FM in Santa Cruz.
March 14, 2020
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.
March 4, 2020
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. Links: On Being Ellen Bass: Truth and Beauty with Marie Howe Two Sylvias Press Li Young Lee
February 26, 2020
David LeCount
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: captured firefly-- a child's fingers hatch the moon
February 11, 2020
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.
January 27, 2020
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.
January 6, 2020
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.
December 30, 2019
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 Crush, Richard Siken BBHMM, Tiana Clark Aubade with Burning City, Ocean Vuong
December 23, 2019
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