The Poetry Show: November 21, 2021


Host Dennis Morton read a selection of poems.

The Poetry Show is broadcast on the 3rd Sunday of each month, 8-9 pm.

The Hive: November 14, 2021

Violeta Orozco

Victoria Bañales interviewed poet Violeta Orozco, who discussed and read 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.

Listen to the podcast HERE

Violeta Orozco:
Instagram: @vletra

The Hive Poetry Collective and The Poetry Show are broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz, Sundays at 8:00 pm.

The Hive: October 31, 2021

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.)

Listen to the podcast of this episode of The Hive.

The Hive Poetry Collective can be heard most Sundays at 8:00 pm on KSQD Santa Cruz.

The Poetry Show: Oct. 17, 2021


Host Dennis Morton read a selection of poems, mostly from the late 1970s and early 80s, beginning with quite a few from American Primitive, by Mary Oliver.

The next group of selections were from a 1980 book by Billy Collins, titled Video Poems.

The Poetry Show is broadcast on the 3rd Sunday of each month. On other Sundays, the 8-9 pm poetry hour is hosted by The Hive Poetry Collective.

Morton Marcus Poetry Reading

Twelfth Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading
Thursday, November 18 at 5:30 PM
Zoom webinar – register at
free event open to the public
The UC Santa Cruz Humanities Institute presents:
Twelfth Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading
featuring Gary Young.

Gary Young is the author of several collections of poetry. His most recent books are That’s What I Thought, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award from Persea Books, and Precious Mirror, translations from the Japanese. His other books include Even So: New and Selected Poems; Pleasure; No Other Life, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; Braver Deeds, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize; Days; The Dream of a Moral Life, which won the James D. Phelan Award; and Hands. He has received a Pushcart Prize, and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Vogelstein Foundation, among others. In 2009 he received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Young was the first Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, and in 2012 he was named Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year. Since 1975 he has designed, illustrated, and printed limited edition letterpress books and broadsides at his Greenhouse Review Press. His fine print work is represented in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Getty Museum, and special collection libraries throughout the U.S. and Europe. He teaches creative writing and directs the Cowell Press at UC Santa Cruz.

Poet Danusha Laméris, will host the program, and the evening will include an announcement of the winner of the Morton Marcus Poetry Contest (recipient receives a $1,000 prize).

The Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading honors poet, teacher, and film critic, Morton Marcus (1936–2009). Marcus, a nationally acclaimed poet, called Santa Cruz his home for more than fifty years. This annual poetry series continues Mort’s tradition of bringing acclaimed poets to Santa Cruz County, acknowledges the significant role poetry has played in our community’s history, and works to maintain poetry’s influence in our county’s culture. Learn more at:

This event is co-sponsored by: Ow Family Properties, UC Santa Cruz Humanities Institute, Special Collections and Archives, Living Writers Series, Porter College, Cowell College, The Porter Hitchcock Poetry Fund, Poetry Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Writes, Cabrillo College English Department, and Bookshop Santa Cruz

The Organizing Committee: Len Anderson, Hannah Hutton, Danusha Laméris, Elizabeth McKenzie, Donna Mekis, Teresa Mora, Mark Ong, Maggie Paul, Irena Polić, Catherine Segurson, and Joseph Stroud

Webpage: Morton Marcus Poetry Reading:

The Poetry Show: Sep. 19, 2021


Host Dennis Morton selected and read an hour of poetry on KSQD Santa Cruz.