Kevin Devaney at the MAH

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Kevin Devaney and his faithful typewriter “Anklebiter”, photo by Farouk Algosaibi

Local poet and poetry promoter Kevin Devaney will be an artist-in-residence at Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History from July 26 to August 22, 2016. There’s a Q&A with museum staff on the MAH website, including descriptions of poetry-related events and a link to Kevin’s museum schedule. One highlight will be a marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” on Friday, August 5, starting at 5:00pm.

Kevin was a KUSP Poetry Show guest back in 2013, and has been working hard ever since to promote the spoken word in Santa Cruz. The Poetry Santa Cruz monthly events calendar will keep you current on all the things he’s involved in.

Stay tuned for another Poetry Show conversation with Kevin. Until then, we’re reposting the 2013 podcast here.

 

Lisa Allen Ortiz has a new book


Guide-to-the-exhibit-2016-cover-tiltedOne of our favorite Monterey Bay area poets, Lisa Allen Ortiz, has a new poetry collection, titled Guide to the Exhibit. The book is the 2016 winner of the Perugia Press Prize, so congratulations to Lisa!

Until our next opportunity to talk to Lisa in person, we’re re-posting the podcast from her last guest appearance on The Poetry Show. To use the links, go to the original post at KUSP (yes, it’s still there – don’t give up). Here’s a picture of the blog post:

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Poetry Santa Cruz reading: Dana Gioia, Robert Sward

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Both kinds of poets: Dana Gioia (cat) and Robert Sward (dog)

A standing-room-only crowd at Bookshop Santa Cruz enjoyed the poetry of Dana Gioia and Robert Sward, featured readers for the July 14, 2016 Poetry Santa Cruz event.

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After the reading: Dana Gioia and Robert Sward

Longtime Santa Cruz resident and poetry luminary Robert Sward began the evening with a special treat – an unpublished work. He read a long piece from his newest book, to be titled Love Has Made Grief Absurd.

Robert was followed by Dana Gioia, recently installed as Poet Laureate of California. His stated goal is to stage a poetry event in each of the state’s 58 counties during his two-year tenure. The large and appreciative audience was happy to help him check Santa Cruz off his list in style. Most stayed around for a Q&A session with the poets after the readings (included in the podcast).

Dana Gioia reading preview

Hard to believe, but it’s been almost four years since The Poetry Show last conversed with Dana Gioia. He’s back, this time as the Poet Laureate of California, and will be reading at Tuesday evening’s Poetry Santa Cruz event (7:30 at Bookshop Santa Cruz). Dana Gioia will be joined by Robert Sward as the evening’s featured readers.

To whet your appetite, we’re re-posting the podcast from 2012, along with the following screen shot of the accompanying blog post:

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