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 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.
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/
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
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
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 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.
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.
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
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!
Los Angeles Review
Keep This to Yourself:
Addiction & Substance Use Disorder Resources:
24 hour Help Line:
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.
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
Two Sylvias Press
Li Young Lee
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