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
Join Farnaz Fatemi for this week’s very special show with the two poet-translators of just-published The Blinding Star (Tolsun Books), poems by the Peruvian poet Blanca Varela. Talk with and hear Sara Daniele Rivera and Lisa Allen Ortiz read Varela’s poems in both the original Spanish and their English translations. It’s a ride through the inner life of this wildly contemporary poet.https://tolsunbooks.com/shop/the-blinding-star
Farnaz Fatemi and Erin Redfern hear and talk to Jen Siraganian about her poems and her work with various poetry organizations. Jen is the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, California. She is a writer, educator, and literary organizer. She has served as Managing Director for Litquake: San Francisco’s Literary Festival, been nominated for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, earned scholarships from Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and authored a poetry chapbook titled “Fracture.” Her writing has appeared in Best New Poets 2016, Cream City Review, Mid-American Review, Smartish Pace, Barrow Street, Southwest Review, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, and other literary journals and anthologies.
Tune in HEREfor a conversation that covers a lot of ground: a Keetje Kuipers poem, ice cream insights, and plenty of Camille’s poems that work to illuminate the intersections of motherhood, history, race, and the body in space and time.