Hive Poetry Collective

Mission

To bring a diverse community together in appreciation of all kinds of poetry by all kinds of people.


The Hive Poetry Collective is a group of Santa Cruz poets creating a weekly radio show and live poetry events featuring a diverse roster of poets. 📝

The Hive radio show is broadcast on KSQD, 90.7 FM Community Radio in Santa Cruz on Sunday nights from 8pm-9pm. 🎙️

All episodes are available to stream through anchor.fm, and wherever you get your podcasts. 🐝


Recent Episodes

S5:E2 Daniel Summerhill chats with Julie Murphy

Listen here! Poet Daniel Summerhill talks with Julie Murphy about his new collection of poems and a writer’s duty to tell the truth. Daniel Summerhill is a poet and scholar originally from Oakland, CA. His work has appeared in Columbia Journal, Obsidian, Academy of American Poets and elsewhere. He is the author of Divine, Divine,…

S5:E1 Dustin Brookshire and Julie E. Bloemeke chat with Dion O’Reilly

Listen HERE Editors Dustin Brookshire and Julie E. Bloemeke discuss their upcoming compilation of Dolly poems, Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology from Madville Publishing, due to be released on January 19th, 2023 on Dolly Parton’s 77th Birthday.  Dustin and Julie attended their first Dolly concert in August 2011. Ten years later, they…

S4:E39 Charles Atkinson interviewed by Julia Chiapella

Listen here! Join Julia Chiapella in conversation with award-winning Santa Cruz poet Charles Atkinson. We talk about his recent release, New and Collected Poems, life reflected in poetry, and his clear-eyed embrace of a diagnosis of lewy body dementia. You can purchase the book at Bookshop Santa Cruz or Two Birds Books. Chuck is joined in the conversation…

S4: E38 Ellen Bass and Francesca Bell and Dion O’Reilly Talk about Anne Sexton

Listen here! Ellen Bass talks about her experience having Anne Sexton as a teacher in the ’70s at Boston University. Then, Francesca Bell zooms in and we read and discuss a few of Sexton’s poems. Dion mentions Sexton’s fabulous biography by Diane Middlebrook. If you are interested in reading Sexton’s poems, a good place to start is collected poems or her selected poems.

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S4:E37 Paola Bruni Chats with Dion O’Reilly

Listen here! Paola Bruni chats with Dion O’Reilly about the collaborative book, How do you Spell the Sound of Crickets, written with the late Jory Post. Jory Post was an educator, writer, and artist who lived in Santa Cruz, California. He and his wife, Karen Wallace, created handmade books and art together as JoKa Press. Jory was the co-founder…

S4:E36 Lucian Mattison with Farnaz Fatemi

Listen to the episode here Join Farnaz Fatemi as she talks with Lucian about the planet’s creature, clouds, climate change and curing ham—and the poems Lucian writes invoking all of these things.  Lucian Mattison is a US-Argentinian poet and translator. He is the author of three books of poetry, Reaper’s, Peregrine Nation and, most recently,…

S4:E35 John Sibley Williams with Dion O’Reilly

Listen HERE John Sibley Williams is the author of Scale Model of a Country at Dawn (Cider Press Review Book Award, 2021), The Drowning House (Elixir Press Poetry Award, 2021),  As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize, 2019),  Disinheritance, and Controlled…

S4:E34 Javier Zamora with Julia Chiapella

Listen to the episode here Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador in 1990. When he was a year old, his father fled El Salvador due to the US-funded Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992). His mother followed her husband’s footsteps in 1995 when Javier was about to turn five. Zamora was left at the care…

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