The Hive: June 28, 2020

The Hive hosted Armen Davoudian, and heard poems from his forthcoming chapbook, Frost Place Chapbook contest winner Swan Song (Bull City Press​). Host Farnaz Fatemi​ talked to Armen about translation as metaphor, James Merrill, listening to poems in foreign tongues, growing up Armenian in Isfahan, and how “the sonnet is perfectly engineered to talk about immigration.”

Listen to the podcast at: https://anchor.fm/the-hive8/episodes/S2-E16-Armen-Davoudian-interviewed-by-Farnaz-Fatemi-eg3670

Links:
Armen Davoudian: https://www.armendavoudian.com
* Swan Songhttps://mailchi.mp/bullcitypress/announcing-the-winner-of-the-2020-frost-place-chapbook-competition?e=85f48e48abCongratulations&fbclid=IwAR1iDkFNutjtS7KqjSsazX6yOLhaPmORgZKbK6kjyv_QkQ6cmkxPXEoPV4c
* “Alibi” (in The Offing): https://theoffingmag.com/poetry/alibi/?fbclid=IwAR2olZkolqYugT6Hkr44R_HFd5NQXEPZkbibFpHIskct9QgtkrX2V9JfdN0
* “Wake-Up Call” (Poetry Daily): https://poems.com/poem/wake-up-call/?fbclid=IwAR0mZl_d5pqZc0PbfRA6NOtwGycmK4LzGGoc3XDbEt0-o2ZCi8OZLFmChHk

This episode of The Hive was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz.

Jericho Brown, 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner

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Welcome to The Poetry Show. For this episode, we dug into the archives to celebrate poet Jericho Brown, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The podcast is a conversation recorded back in April of 2015, between Mr. Brown and Poetry Show host Dennis Morton.

Jericho Brown was here in Santa Cruz at the invitation of Ellen Bass, to lead a workshop and to be a co-reader with her at a public event. While in town, he made time to sit down with Poetry Show host Dennis Morton and have this conversation. It includes readings from Brown’s second published volume of poetry, titled The New Testament. His third book was published in 2019, titled The Tradition, leading to this year’s Pulitzer Prize.

The Pulitzer Prize for poetry is given annually to a “distinguished volume of original verse by an American author.” The coveted award puts Brown in the company of literary luminaries such as poets Tracy K. Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Mary Oliver, Rita Dove, Sylvia Plath, Robert Penn Warren and Robert Frost, and ensures his work as part of the canon of American literature. 

Brown says, “I have known about the Pulitzer Prize and understood its prestige since I was in elementary school and Rita Dove won it. And I’m so glad I understood it as one of the possibilities for a writer even when I was a kid. Understanding it as a possibility doesn’t mean I ever expected to win it, and getting the news that I won is the very best thing to happen to me in 2020 – by far. I didn’t expect to win it, because when I write my poems I mean to be as subversive and radical as possible.”

The Pulitzer Prize for poetry is given annually to a “distinguished volume of original verse by an American author.” The Pulitzer is only the latest honor for Brown, who previously has been named the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry.

The coveted award puts Brown in the company of literary luminaries such as poets Tracy K. Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Mary Oliver, Rita Dove, Sylvia Plath, Robert Penn Warren and Robert Frost, and ensures his work as part of the canon of American literature.

Brown says, “I have known about the Pulitzer Prize and understood its prestige since I was in elementary school and Rita Dove won it. And I’m so glad I understood it as one of the possibilities for a writer even when I was a kid. Understanding it as a possibility doesn’t mean I ever expected to win it, and getting the news that I won is the very best thing to happen to me in 2020 – by far. I didn’t expect to win it, because when I write my poems I mean to be as subversive and radical as possible.”

This episode of The Poetry Show on KSQD was broadcast on June 21, 2020.

The Hive: June 14, 2020

Summer Heat – the Beez are Buzzing!  Summer is almost here! Host Julie Murphy and fellow Hive Poetry Collective members Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O’Reilly read and discuss poems inspired by the season.

Links:
* “We Were Happy During the War” appears in Deaf Republic, by Ilya Kaminsky. Click here.
* “Crabs” appears in Telling the Bees, by Faith Shearin. Click here
* “From Blossoms” appears in  Rose by Li-Young Lee. Click here.
* “First Blues” appears in Disappearing Act by Saundra Rose Maley.  Click here.
* “After Reading Tu Fu, I Go Outside to the Dwarf Orchard” appears in Chickamauga  by Charles Wright. Click here.
* “A Small Needful Fact” by Ross Gay. Click here. Ross Gay website: here.
* How Batteries Work by Lisa Allen Ortiz, unpublished, provided by the author. Lisa Allen Ortiz website: here.

Listen to the podcast at: https://anchor.fm/the-hive8/episodes/Summer-Heat—the-Beez-are-Buzzing-efelnp. This episode of The Hive was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz.

The Hive: May 31, 2020

Dion O’Reilly talks with fellow Terrapin poets Kory Wells and David Graham. Listen to the podcast at: https://anchor.fm/the-hive8/episodes/S2-E13-Dion-OReilly-talks-with-fellow-Terrapin-poets-Kory-Wells-and-David-Graham-eetmdb

Find information on Kory here:https://korywells.com/
…on her writing with incarcerated women: https://boropulse.com/2018/10/inmates-write-of-hard-times-and-hope/
…and NPM videos mentioned in our conversation: https://korywells.com/npm2020/

For information on David Graham, go to his website: www.davidgrahampoet.com
His column “Poetic License” is accessible through the Verse-Virtual homepage: http://www.verse-virtual.org/Instagram: www.instagram.com/doctorjazz/

Connect with The Hive Poetry Collective at their website: https://anchor.fm/the-hive8/ This episode of The Hive was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz, 90.7 FM.

The Hive: May 24, 2020

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Painting by 
Sandow Birk, “Salinas Valley State Prison,” Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

Poems from the Inside: Julie Murphy interviews the teachers of The Salinas Valley State Prison Poetry Workshop.

Julie Murphy interviews fellow teachers of the Salinas Valley State Prison Poetry Workshop—Rose Black, Lisa Charnock and Ken Weisner.  Please join our lively conversations about the poetry workshop, our experiences teaching, and be ready to hear some amazing poems written by the workshop participants! 

LINKS

For those interested in learning more or being involved:
A Few California Arts in Corrections Websites:
* William James Foundation https://williamjamesassociation.org/prison_arts/\
* Newsom’s proposal (before the Corona Virus hit!) http://arts.ca.gov/news/prdetail.php?id=295
Lobby these people: https://abgt.assembly.ca.gov/sub5publicsafety
* Great local Advocate for Arts in corrections: Assemblyman Mark Stone (who is on the arts committee) https://a29.asmdc.org/
* California Lawyers for the Arts (instrumental in advocacy for arts in corrections: https://www.calawyersforthearts.org/
Another great rehabilitative program to support: https://avpcalifornia.org/ Proven to reduce recidivism, waiting lists for workshops. Started by Quakers after Attica, great curriculum, led by outside facilitators and experienced inmates.
* Here’s the National Site for AVP: https://avpusa.org/
* Red Wheelbarrow: De Anza College literary journal pub wishes both a student edition and a national edition annually.Work by inmates is featured each issue alongside work of poets & writers from around the region and the country. https://www.deanza.edu/english/creative-writing/red-wheelbarrow.html/https://www.pw.org/literary_magazines/red_wheelbarrow
* Right to Write Press:Publishes limited edition chapbooks by prisoners for their families, friends https://righttowritepress.org/
Chapbook: Scroungy by Joseph Weldin https://smile.amazon.com/SCROUNGY-Joseph-Weldin/dp/1090962533/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=scroungy&qid=1587105625&s=books&sr=1-1
Baca Films: A Place to Stand, directed by Daniel Glick https://aplacetostandmovie.com/
Bill Moyers Language of Life: https://billmoyers.com/series/the-language-of-life-with-bill-moyers-1995/

This episode of The Hive was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz.

The Hive: May 10, 2020

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This episode, hosted by The Hive’s Farnaz Fatemi, is in two segments. The first, “Why Do Iranians Love Poetry,” was produced by Shabnam Piryaei. Part two is an interview with artist Mara Poliak about dance, movement, poetry and poems. 


Links to material mentioned:
* Shabnam Piryaei
* Forrugh Farrokhzad, translated by Sholeh Wolpe
* The Captive Bird by Jazmin Darznik
* Revolutionary Letter #1 by Diane diPrima
* New and Selected poems Cecilia Vicuña
* Intervenir/Intervene. Dolores Dorantes and Rodrigo Flores Sánchez, trans. from the Spanish by Jen Hofer.

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The Hive: May 3, 2020

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Dion O’Reilly interviews the prolific poet, Paul Hostovsky. We talk about deafness, blindness, harmonica playing, cocoanuts, and, of course, poetry. 
http://www.paulhostovsky.com/

The Hive: April 26, 2020

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Host Julie Murphy talks to bees Farnaz Fatemi, Dion O’Reilly and Lisa Allen Ortiz about loneliness and the comfort poetry can offer.

Poets/Poems
* The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy, edited by John Brehm:
https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Poetry-of-Impermanence-Mindfulness-and-Joy/John-Brehm/9781614293316
* Aware, by Denise Levertov
This world of dew…  Kobayashi Issa
* Traveling Light, by Linda Pastan https://poets.org/poem/traveling-light
* Ash First published in the Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2007/08/ash/306045/
* Chance Darkened Me, by Jane Hirshfield in American Poetry Review: https://the-american-poetry-review.myshopify.com/products/vol-49-no-1-jan-feb-2020
* Ledger: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/612680/ledger-by-jane-hirshfield/
* Michiko Dead, by Jack Gilbert:https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43407/michiko-dead
* Morning On The Island, by Carolyn Forche: https://www.lyrikline.org/en/poems/morning-island-12782
* Elizabeth Bishop:https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/elizabeth-bishop
* I Will Greet The Sun Again, by Forugh Farrokhzad: https://www.uapress.com/product/sin/https://www.uapress.com/product/sin/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forough_Farrokhzad