The Hive: July 14, 2019

Julia Levine

Dion O’Reilly interviews Julia Levine. Julia B. Levine has won numerous awards for her work, including the Northern California Book Award in Poetry for Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight.  She has three other books: Ditch Tender, Ask, and Practicing for Heaven. She received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University. She lives and works in Davis,California.

Also, Farnaz Fatemi reads from Flèche by Mary Jean Chan and Halal If You Hear Me: The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3, edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo

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

The Hive: July 7, 2019

Susan Browne

Host Dion O’Reilly of The Hive poetry collective interviews Susan Browne, winner of the Catamaran Poetry Prize. Susan reads from her new book, Just Living, which was chosen as the Catamaran Poetry Prize winner. Susan is joined by Catherine Segurson, editor and chief of Catamaran, who talks about the Catamaran Literary Reader and all of Catamaran’s many contributions to the literary scene in the Monterey Bay.

The Hive poetry collective is broadcast on KSQD, Santa Cruz.

The Hive: June 23, 2019

On this weeks’ episode of The Hive poetry collective on KSQD, we hear Santa Cruz Poet Laureate Danusha Lameris in conversation with some of the members of Monterey Bay’s Hummingbird Poetry Press. Guests include: Wilma Marcus Chandler, George Lober, Maggie Paul, Chuck Atkinson, and Angie Boissevain.

To see and/or order any of the books mentioned, go to the Hummingbird Press website: (Note: there’s another Hummingbird Press, which publishes an online poetry magazine, so don’t be confused.)

The Poetry Show: Marc Zegans, guest

Host Dennis Morton welcomed guest poet Marc Zegans to The Poetry Show on KSQD radio in Santa Cruz, broadcast on Sunday, June 16, 2019. This conversation was a follow-up to Marc’s reading last Tuesday for Poetry Santa Cruz, which can be heard in the previous podcast post.

Marc’s latest work (cover image above) is titled La Commedia Sotteranea Della Machina da Scrivere – or, in English: Swizzle Felt’s First Folio from The Typewriter Underground. Marc read poems from and discussed this and several other of his published works. In addition, we got a preview of his next collection, to be published in the fall and titled The Snow Dead.

In addition to poetry, Marc Zegans is a creative development adviser, “Helping Artists, Writers, and Creative People Thrive and Shine”. Following are some links to Marc Zegans and his work:
Pelekinesis: “The Underwater Typewriter” by Marc Zegans
marc zegans: creative development advisor | Helping Artists, Writers, and Creative People Thrive and Shine
The Book of Clouds by Marc Zegans (Hardcover) – Lulu The Underwater Typewriter (9781938349294): Marc Zegans: Books
Intentional Practice & The Art of Finding Natural Audience: A Framework for Artists and Professionals (Intentional Practice in the Arts and the Professions Book 1) – Kindle edition by Marc Zegans. Arts & Photography Kindle eBooks @

PSC June 2019: Marc Zegans

Poetry Santa Cruz welcomed Marc Zegans to read at Bookshop Santa Cruz on June 11, 2019.

Marc Zegans

Marc Zegans is a poet, spoken word artist, and creative development advisor who helps artists, writers and creative people thrive and shine. Marc is the author of four collections of poems, The Book of Clouds, Boys in the Woods, The Underwater Typewriter, and Pillow Talk, an e-book, Intentional Practice and the Art of Finding Natural Audience, and two spoken word albums, Marker and Parker, with the late jazz pianist Don Parker, and Night Work. He has been the Narragansett Beer Poet Laureate and a Poetry Whore with the New York Poetry Brothel—which Time Out New York described as “New York’s Sexiest Literary Event,” and has performed everywhere from the Bowery Poetry Club and the American Poetry Museum to the San Francisco 40th Anniversary of Punk Rock Renaissance.

The Hive: June 9, 2019

The Hive premieres a new segment, hosted by Farnaz Fatemi, called Poetry in the World. Farnaz talks with the multi-disclipinary artist, Christian Berman, about why writing poetry matters and how it informs his art practice (image courtesy Christian Berman).

Dion O’Reilly talks about Who and What she is reading. Also includes the local poetry calendar for June. 

Find more about Christian at and @cruizberman

Events mentioned on our poetry calendar: Ocean Vuong and sam sax:

Word Church for June:

The Poetry Show: Robert Fanning, Rosie King guests

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:

TuesdayMay 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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,ShenandoahThe 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.