The Buzz

S3:E3 What We’ve Unleashed Has Found Us, California Poets and the Fire

Poets read their poems about fire and talk to host Farnaz Fatemi about writing them. With Lisa Allen Ortiz, Carmen Fought, Terri Drake, Nicelle Davis, Maggie Paul, Roxi Power Hamilton, and Charles Atkinson.  If you missed it on KSQD, the show can be found in podcast form, here for example. A few things we mention: <a href="http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p>: <a href=""></a> Bonny Doon video with Lisa’s poem: <a href=""></a> Creached at </p> Suzanne Simard, Lisa’s poem with fire video, and Terri Drake’s poetry collection which is called At the Seams. Furthermore: Carmen Fought can be reached at: ,Charles Atkinson can be reached at and Roxi Power can be reached at

S3:E2 Kim Scheiblauer

Julie Murphy interviews Kim Scheiblauer about her forthcoming book of poems “The Visitant” with a guest appearance of fellow Bee Dion O’Reilly!  Don’t miss these great poems and lively conversation about myth, place and the ineffable. Listen here.

The Visitant by Kim Scheiblauer.  Published soon by Hummingbird Press

S2: E36 The End Is Near—a Year Reviewed in Poems

Billy Butler introduces a range of poets who contribute poems about ‘The End’ — the end of the year, the end of good and bad things, times of transitions, and more.

Contributing poets in the order they appear:
Colin Drohan – Elliott Sky Case -José Diaz -Prince Bush – Joumana Altallal- Nathan Blansett – Kim Harvey – Dana K – Mac Axton – Nathan Xavier Osorio – Kevin Bertolero – Isaac Williams – Billy Butler – Tim Dlugos (archival audio recording)
The Poetry Project’s New Year’s Day Marathon
Archival audio recording of Tim Dlugos provided by PennSound at the University of Pennsylvania
New York Diary by Tim Dlugos forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in January
Background audio track: “Rising Tide” Kevin MacLeod ( ) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

S2:E32 Julie Murphy Interviews Ellen Bass and Cynthia White about the new gender-inclusive anthology “Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment and Healing”

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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.”


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Grabbed Website

Ellen Bass

Cynthia White


Grabbed: Writers and Poets on Sexual Assault, Empowerment and Healing edited by Richard BlancoCaridad MoroNikki Moustaki, and  Elisa Albo

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

S2:E31 Danusha Lameris and Dion O’Reilly talk about the poetry of Morgan Parker

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.

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