For May 19, 2019, the first half of The Poetry Show on KSQD Santa Cruz was a pre-recorded interview of Michigan poet Robert Fanning, by host Dennis Morton. Robert read from and discussed his newest poetry collection, titled Severance, published by Salmon Poetry.
In the second half-hour, local poet Rosie King reads selections from Robert Fanning’s previous book Our Sudden Museum, and tells how she became acquainted with Robert Fanning in their native Michigan – an acquaintance that eventually brought Robert to read for Poetry Santa Cruz last Tuesday:
Robert Fanning is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: Severance (2019), Our Sudden Museum (2017), American Prophet (2009), and The Seed Thieves (2006), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (2015) and Old Bright Wheel (2002). His poems have appeared in Poetry magazine, Ploughshares,Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals. Recent work has also appeared on The Writer’s Almanac on NPR, and on the Library of Congress website for the nationally-syndicated radio program “The Poet and the Poem.” A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is a professor of creative writing at Central Michigan University, and the founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Rosie King was born in Saginaw, Michigan, went east to Wellesley College, came west in the 60’s for graduate work, and in 1973 to UC Santa Cruz, where she taught the beginning poetry workshops while finishing her PhD dissertation. Hummingbird Press published her first book, Sweetwater, Saltwater, in 2007, and a second, Time and Peonies, in 2017. Garrison Keillor read seven of her poems on The Writer’s Almanac before it ended. When not traveling, she’s happy still to be writing in a house by the beach where poets like to meet, and to be down on her knees or reaching up in a garden of flowers, berries, fruit trees, a veggie patch, and abundance of weeds.