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. Listen here.
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.”
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
Listen here to the buzz of the Morton Marcus annual event!
Award-winning poet, essayist, and novelist Morgan Parker was the featured guest at the 11th annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading, which took 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.
Listen here for the first Hive Poetry Collective 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. Season 2, Episode 29.
Ting Ting Website (in Mandarin)
Santa Cruz’s own 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. Fractal Shores is a winner in the National Poetry Series. Louie is a long time resident of Santa Cruz and now Paris. Missed it? Listen here.
Listen here for a lively conversation as Julie Murphy interviews award winning poet Traci Brimhall. Traci reads poems from her new book “Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod” and shares her thoughts about love, vulnerability, death and writing.
Farnaz Fatemi talks to Hive members Billy Butler and Dion O’Reilly about Poetry in What Seem Like End Times. Listen in to conversation about the 2020 election, hair product, facing uncertainty, friendship, and more.
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. If you missed your does on Sunday on KSQD, listen here.