Join Erin Redfern as she talks with Kelly Cressio-Moeller about Kelly’s first book, Shade of Blue Trees (Two Sylvias, 2021; Wilder Prize finalist). Enjoy the lush images of Kelly’s poems and hear thoughts on grief and the poem as portent, train rides in Germany and her approach to form, painting and music as creative spurs, and heeding what in us “is making the most noise” to get our creative attention.
Victoria Bañales talks with Watsonville native and poet Olga Rosales Salinas, who discusses and reads from her book, La Llorona: Poetry & Prose. In this stunning collection in which La Llorona’s presence looms large, Rosales Salinas tackles the violence of deportation, being first gen, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, religion, mental illness, assimilation, and more. All proceeds from book sales go to the Rosales Sisters’ Scholarship, which benefits PVUSD Latinx students.Olga Rosales Salinas is a content writer and freelancer who produces poetry, short stories, and essays. Her debut collection of poetry and prose, La Llorona was published in August of 2021 by Birch Bench Press. Her column, Thriving While Anxious at Jumble & Flow, speaks to a generalized anxiety disorder that has shaped much of her writing and content. She also writes columns and blogs for San Francisco Bay Area Moms; and was featured by Los Sotelos Podcast for her philanthropy and activism in starting a non-profit, benefiting first-generation and immigrant students; The Rosales Sisters’ Scholarship. She is passionate about all of her creative endeavors which include; motherhood, mental health, fitness, writing and wife-life.
Dion O’Reilly interviews Susan Browne, who reads new poems and old ones from her book Just Living. They talk about Jim Moore‘s poem, “Whatever Else,” a poem that studies the lyric beauty in a difficult world. She quotes Robert Hass who says, “Every line of your poem needs something interesting in it.”
Hosted by Julia Chiapella, Hive members share poems to focus our collective consciousness on imagining a new world. From Yeats to Jessica Jacobs to Roger Reeves. Julia is joined by guests Julie Murphy 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.
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.
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.)
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 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 SullivanAgents of Change ProjectBookshop Santa Cruz