The Poetry Show: a conversation with Lola Haskins

Local poet and Poetry Santa Cruz board member Dane Cervine made another visit to The Poetry Show, but this time as host rather than as guest. He and visiting poet Lola Haskins sat down for this conversation on the afternoon on October 8, 2019. In the evening of that same day, Lola read for a Poetry Santa Cruz audience, joined by David Allen Sullivan. A podcast of that reading was posted here yesterday.

PSC Oct. 2019: Haskins, Sullivan

Poetry Santa Cruz presented a reading by Lola Haskins and David Allen Sullivan at Felix Kulpa Gallery, on the evening of October 10, 2019.

Visiting reader Lola Haskins splits time between Gainesville, Florida and Skipton, Yorkshire, UK. No stranger to the Santa Cruz poetry community, her latest book is titled Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare. She drew inspiration – and epigrams – from the 19th-century British poet to lend thematic cohesion to a wide-ranging collection of poems composed over many years. A favorite Clare line: “Having only myself in my army, I led the way”.

David Allen Sullivan, on his website, describes his varied interests and talents:

David in China

“My first book of poetry–Strong-Armed Angels—was published by Hummingbird Press, and three of its poems were read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. My second book was a series of poems concerning the Iraq war, Every Seed of the Pomegranate. I then co-translated with Abbas Kadhim the selected poems of Adnan al-Sayegh, the Iraqi poet, which was published as Bombs have Not Breakfasted Yet. I wrote Black Ice, a book length series of poems about my father’s dementia and death, and a chapbook which won the Mary Ballard award: Take Wing, about my mother-in-law’s cancer. I’m currently finishing a book of poems about my year as a Fulbright lecturer in Xi’an, China, and writing a long narrative poem about the friendship between a US soldier and an Iraqi interpreter. I’m also creating an anthology of poems about the artwork of Bruegel and Bosch with my art historian mother, co-translating young Chinese poets with my former graduate students, and co-translating young Iraqi poets with Abbas Kadhim. I teach literature and film at Cabrillo Community College, in Santa Cruz, California, where I live with my family. “

The Hive: October 6, 2019

The autumn episode. Jump into the crispy leaf pile tonight with host Farnaz Fatemi. Highlights include Farnaz reading seasonally-appropriate poems to help soften the blow of the leap into fall; an interview with Andrew Sivak of newcomer Bad Animal Books in Santa Cruz about their visions for poetry and poetry-related events at the store; Dion O’Reilly on the poet Edgar Kunz, and a full cornucopia of the local poetry calendar to make note of.

This episode of The Hive was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz, FM 90.7.

The Hive: September 29, 2019

This week’s Hive: Danush Lameris and Armando Alcaraz in conversation with the poet Zubair Ahmed. We learn about his journey here from Bangladesh, and about poetry as saving grace.

Zubair Ahmed read for Poetry Santa Cruz in October of 2018 – you can listen to the podcast here.

This episode of The Hive was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz, 90.7 FM.

The Hive: September 22, 2019

Dion O’Reilly interviews poet and publisher Diane Lockward. Find out more about Diane Lockward and read her poems here: Learn about Terrapin Books here:

This episode of The Hive was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz, 90.7 FM.

PSC Sep. 2019: Favorite Poems

Twelve Santa Cruzans, including two Poetry Santa Cruz board members, each read one or two of their favorite poems for an appreciative audience. The event has held on September 10, at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Here’s a list of readers and poems:

  1. Poetry, by Pablo Neruda. Read by Dane Cervine.
  2. Negro Women by James Grandison, and Rain Music by James Cotter Jr. Read by Jennifer Baszile.
  3. The Stolen Child by W.B. Yeats. Read by Ryan Coonerty.
  4. Bilingual Love Poem, and Litany for the Tomato, by Jose Antonio Burciaga. Read by Antonia Franco.
  5. Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll. Recited by John Govsky.
  6. Summer Day by Mary Oliver, and The Mechanic by Diane Wakoski. Read by Laurel Maxwell.
  7. Eve On The Hill by Mihai Eminesco. Read by Monica Nofal.
  8. I Am Offering this Poem, and A Desire, by Jimmy Santiago Baca. Read by Carlos Palacios.
  9. Kindness, and Gate 4A, by Naomi Shihab Nye. Read by Bob Stahl.
  10. I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey’s Version of ‘Three Blind Mice’, by Billy Collins, and an unpublished poem by Mr. Thaler’s father. Read by Shmuel Thaler.
  11. The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus. Read by Ellen Timberlake.
  12. A Blessing, by James Wright, and Traveling Through the Dark, by William Stafford. Read by Dennis Morton.

The Hive: September 8, 2019

Sam Roxas-Chua

Sam Roxas-Chua touches down at the Hive to talk with Lisa Allen Ortiz about his book Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, asemic writing, alligator crabs, poems that write poets and other secret things.

This episode of The Hive was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz, 90.7 FM.

The Hive: August 25, 2019

Raja Feather Kelly

This episode features a conversation between Farnaz Fatemi and choreographer, dancer and writer, Raja Feather Kelly, about the intersection of poetry and his art and life. The show also includes an installment of Lisa Allen Ortiz’s Prosetry, in which she shares the work of Charles Simic.
More about Raja can be found on Instagram: @rajafeatherkelly, and at:

This episode of The Hive Poetry Collective was broadcast on KSQD-FM Santa Cruz.