Upcoming Events

The Hive Live! presents Jamaica Baldwin & Francesca Bell

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at 7pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz. Masks are suggested to attend.

Jamaica Baldwin’s debut collection, Bone Language, will be published on June 15th, 2023 by YesYes Books. Her poetry has appeared in Guernica, World Literature Today, The Adroit Journal, Indiana Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Missouri Review, among others. Her awards include a 2023 Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a RHINO Poetry editor’s prize, and a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. Her writing has been supported by Hedgebrook, Aspen Words, Storyknife, Furious Flower, and the Jack Straw Writers program. Jamaica is currently the associate editor of Prairie Schooner at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she is pursuing her PhD in English with a focus on poetry and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is originally from Santa Cruz, CA.

Francesca Bell is a poet and translator. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Bright Stain (Red Hen Press, 2019), which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Julie Suk Award, and What Small Sound (Red Hen Press, 2023). She translated Max Sessner’s collection, Whoever Drowned Here (Red Hen Press, 2023), from its original German. Her work appears widely in magazines such as ELLE, Los Angeles Review of Books, New England Review, North American Review, Mid-American Review, and Rattle. Bell grew up in Washington and Idaho and did not complete middle school, high school, or college. She is the former poetry editor of River Styx, the translation editor of Los Angeles Review, and the Marin County Poet LaureateShe lives with her family in Novato. 

Past Events

The Hive Live! featuring Rebecca Foust and Zeina Hashem Beck

Bookshop Santa Cruz: Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00PM

WHAT: The Hive Live! presents Rebecca Foust and Zeina Hashem Beck 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 7 p.m.

WHO: Rebecca Foust and Zeina Hashem Beck

WHERE: Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

CONTACT: Julia Chiapella, julia@ebold.com, 831-227-7690

COST: Free!

Masks are not required but recommended.


Join The Hive Poetry Collective as they host The Hive Live! Tuesday, May. 9, 7 p.m. at Bookshop Santa Cruz.  

Featured poets for the evening are Zeina Hashem Beck and Rebecca Foust. Masks are required to attend. Register to attend by clicking here.

Rebecca Foust’s new book, ONLY, was released from Four Way Books in September 2022 and earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Foust is the author of four books including Paradise Drive and three chapbooks, including The Unexploded Ordnance Bin. Recognitions include the Pablo Neruda, CP Cavafy and James Hearst poetry prizes, a Marin Poet Laureateship, and fellowships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee. New poems are or will be appearing in The Common, Hudson Review, Narrative, Ploughshares, and POETRY. Contact Rebecca on her website, @FoustRebecca on Facebook, or @rebecca.foust.52 on Instagram.  

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her newest poetry collection, O, was published by Penguin Books in July 2022 and named a Best Book 2022 by Lit Hub and The New York Public Library. Her previous full-length collections are Louder than Hearts, winner of the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, and To Live in Autumn, winner of the 2013 Backwaters Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 Laureate’s Choice selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Poetry, Ploughshares, World Literature Today, The Nation, Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. Zeina invented The Duet, a bilingual poetic form where English and Arabic exist separately and in relationship to each other. She’s the co-creator and co-host, with poet Farah Chamma, of Maqsouda, a podcast in Arabic about Arabic poetry, produced by Sowt. After a lifetime in Lebanon and a decade in Dubai, Zeina has recently moved with her family to California. www.zeinahashembeck.com 

Along with its bi-monthly poetry readings, The Hive Poetry Collective hosts weekly radio shows Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on KSQD FM 90.7

The Hive Live! presents Danusha Laméris & Laure-Anne Bosselar 

Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 7pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz. Masks are suggested to attend.

Featured poets for the evening are Danusha Laméris and Laure-Anne Bosselar.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, Small Gods of Grief, (Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry), A New Hunger ( ALA Notable Book) and These Many Rooms. A Pushcart Prize recipient, she edited five anthologies. She taught at Sarah Lawrence College and UCSB. The winner of the 2020 James Dickey Poetry Prize, she served as Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate (2019-2021). She offers classes and workshops at the SunJune Literary Collaborative.

Danusha Laméris’ first book, The Moons of August (2014), was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Book Award. Some of her work has been published in: The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Orion, The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Her second book, Bonfire Opera, (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pitt Poetry Series), was a finalist for the 2021 Paterson Poetry Award and the winner of the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. A recipient of the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award, and the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California, she currently co-leads Poetry of Resilience webinars with James Crews, as well as the HearthFire Writing Community, and is on the faculty of Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA program.

The Hive Live! presents Jennifer Tseng and Daniel Summerhill

Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at 7pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz

Featured poets for the evening are Jennier Tseng and Daniel Summerhill. Masks are required to attend.

Jennifer Tseng is an award-winning poet and prose writer whose work has been translated into Chinese, Danish, and Italian. Her most recent book is The Passion of Woo and Isolde which was a Firecracker Award finalist and winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award. She’s also the author of three award-winning books of poetry, The Man With My Face (AAWW 2005); the bilingual Red Flower, White Flower (Marick Press 2013) featuring Chinese translations by Mengying Han and Aaron Crippen; and Not so dear Jenny (Bateau Press 2017), poems made with her father’s English letters. She teaches literature and creative writing at University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Daniel B. 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, Divine (Nomadic Press 2021), a semi-finalist for the Wheeler and Saturnalia Poetry Prizes and Mausoleum of Flowers (CavanKerry Press 2022). His work has earned him two Pushcart nominations and numerous best of the net nominations. Summerhill has earned fellowships from Baldwin for the Arts and The Watering Hole. He is Assistant Professor of Poetry/Social Action & Composition at CSU Monterey Bay and is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Monterey County. 

The Hive Live! presents David Baker and Shelley Wong 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Museum of Art & History Garden Room, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA

Featured poets for the evening are David Baker and Shelley Wong.  Masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend.

Acclaimed poet David Baker expands both his environment and his form in his eleventh collection. Whale Fall is about time, measured in the wingbeats of a hummingbird or the epochs of geological change, and about place, whether a backyard in Ohio or the slopes of a melting glacier. Amidst climate change and catastrophe, as amidst a blooming viburnum or a viral disease, these poems send their songs across empty spaces of a line, a page, or a continent, to see who is out there, moving in the depths of being.

Shelley Wong will be reading from her debut collection of poetry, As She Appears, which has been long listed for the National Book Award. She is a Kundiman Fellow and the author of the chapbook Rare Birds (Diode Editions, 2017)). Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Massachusetts Review, and Sycamore Review, among others. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, I-Park Foundation, and Palm Beach Poetry Festival. 

The Hive Live: Farnaz Fatemi with guests

Farnaz Fatemi with guests Frances Hatfield, Danusha Laméris, Lisa Allen Ortiz, and Ingrid LaRiviere.

Tuesday, Sept 6, 7 p.m. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

A reading to celebrate Farnaz Fatemi’s debut poetry collection, Sister Tongue  زبان خواهر

More information to come!!

Farnaz Fatemi, an Iranian American poet and writer, is a founding member of The Hive Poetry Collective and was formerly a writing instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her book of poems, Sister Tongue, (Kent State University Press, 2022) won the 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize selected by Tracy K. Smith. Her poems and lyric essays have recently appeared in Poem-a-Day (Poets.org)Pedestal Magazine, Jung Journal, Catamaran Literary Reader, Crab Orchard Review, Grist Journal, and Tupelo Quarterly and several anthologies, including Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and its Diaspora and Halal If You Hear Me. More at farnazfatemi.com.

Register for this free event here:  https://forms.gle/P4Hc2HqKoZunecB68

The Hive Live!! Tuesday July 5th at 7:00

Join us to kick off The Hive Live!—our new bimonthly poetry reading series—beginning Tuesday, July 5, 7 p.m. at Bookshop Santa Cruz. We will celebrate featuring Amanda Moore and our own founding member, Dion O’Reilly. Dion and Amanda’s debuts were launched just prior to and in the middle of the pandemic. The work of these stellar poets deserves to be heard now that lives are less compromised by Covid. Masks and proof of vax required. Register HERE

Amanda Moore’s debut collection of poetry, Requeening, was selected for the 2020 National Poetry Series by Ocean Vuong and published by HarperCollins/Ecco in October 2021. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, ZZYZVA, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and her essays have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Hippocampus Magazine, and on the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s blog. She is the recipient of writing awards, residencies, and fellowships from The Brown Handler Residency, In Cahoots, The Writers Grotto, The Writing Salon, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Poetry Co-editor at Women’s Voices for Change and a reader at VIDA Review and INCH, Amanda is a high school English teacher and lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband and daughter. 

Dion O’Reilly’s debut book, Ghost Dogs, (Terrapin 2020) was shortlisted for several prizes including The Catamaran Prize and The Eric Hoffer Award. Her work appears in The Sun, Rattle, Cincinnati Review, Narrative, and The Slowdown, among others. Her second book Sadness of the Apex Predator was chosen for the Portage Poetry Series out of University of Wisconsin’s Cornerstone Press. She facilitates workshops with poets from all over the US and hosts a poetry podcast at The Hive Poetry Collective. Learn more at dionoreilly.wordpress.com

Register HERE!!!!


Workshop with Traci Brimhall

March 20, 2021 10:00 – 12:00 —BREAK–1:00 – 3:00 pm Pacific Time

Register at queens@hivepoetry.org

Please join The Hive Poetry Collective and Traci Brimhall for this on line workshop: “Between Clarity and Wilderness: How to Tune Your Tension.” 

Everyone has a writing super power, but often we need to temper our strengths. Those of us with strong narrative often need some more music. Those who are incredible at imagination often benefit from the restrictions of form. And those of us who love the surreal discover that a line or two of literal concrete images serves to highlight our strange strength rather than detract from it. We will discuss a couple of poem that model good tension, as well as carefully workshop each participant’s work to discover superpowers and unexplored opportunities for tension.


A link will be sent upon registration

Registration Deadline March 5, 2021  (2 weeks ahead)  Registration deadline has been extended!

Cancellation before March 5: Refund, minus $50 admin fee Registration deadline has been extended!

Cancellation deadline March 5:  No refunds after this date

The number of people in the workshop will be limited to 14. First come, first serve. Hope to see you there!

Traci Brimhall is the author of four poetry collections: Come the Slumberless from the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon); Saudade (Copper Canyon); Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, Orion,and Best American Poetry.  She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts.  She’s the Director of Creative Writing at Kansas State University and lives in Manhattan, KS. Visit Traci’s website.

Free Lecture by Traci Brimhall

March 19th 7:00-8:30 pm Pacific Time

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Please join The Hive Poetry Collective and Traci Brimhall for this on line lecture: “Love Is in the Repetition: Tension in the Love Poem”

Love is more than the ecstatic–it is in the daily actions and affections. Love is one of our major experiences as human, yet so often poems focus on the  falling in love rather than how those we love (and lose) endure across so many moments in a single day. In this lecture we will examine poetry that uses repetition for love poems and get a prompt for trying to write our own.

Limit 40 attendees: first come first serve. Virtual doors open at 6:30 pm

Traci Brimhall is the author of four poetry collections: Come the Slumberless from the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon);  Saudade  (Copper Canyon); Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, Orion, and Best American Poetry.  She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts.  She’s the Director of Creative Writing at Kansas State University and lives in Manhattan, KS. Visit Traci’s website

Join us for an evening of poetry read by Ellen Bass and Traci Brimhall  on Friday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. The Zoom room will be open by 4:30, so come early in case you have technical difficulties. If you need assistance, send an email to jory@cruzio.com. To subscribe directly to the Santa Cruz Writes email list, which will provide you with weekly announcements for upcoming readings, use https://mailchi.mp/cruzio/zoomforward where you will be sent a link to Join the Meeting on Friday.