The Hive: January 2, 2022

Dion O’Reilly interviews Susan Browne, who reads new poems and old ones from her book Just Living. They talk about Jim Moore‘s poem, “Whatever Else,” a poem that studies the lyric beauty in a difficult world. She quotes Robert Hass who says, “Every line of your poem needs something interesting in it.” Obviously true! But just try to do it!

Listen HERE

The Hive Poetry Collective is broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz.

The Hive: December 26, 2021

Hosted by Julia Chiapella, Hive members share poems to focus our collective consciousness on imagining a new world. From Yeats to Jessica Jacobs to Roger Reeves. Julia is joined by guests Julie Murphy and Farnaz Fatemi.

Poems from the episode: 
* Yeats The Second Coming
* Marie Howe What The Silence Said
* Sharon Olds A Song Near the End of the World 
* Roger Reeves For Black Children at the End of the World—and the Beginning
* Jessica Jacobs: In the Village of My Body, Two People (appeared in Copper Nickel, Issue 33)
* Ellen Bass How to Apologize
* Jim Harrison Bridge

Click the link below to hear the Dec. 26 podcast from The Hive Poetry Collective.–hosted-by-Julia-Chiapella-e1c8lrv

Hear live broadcasts of The Hive Poetry Collective on KSQD Santa Cruz.

The Hive: November 28, 2021

Photo credit: @meterphoto

New podcast from The Hive Poetry Collective, hosted by Farnaz Fatemi & Erin Redfern

Come spend time with Leonora Simonovis and our new favorite poetry book, Study of the Raft, which won the 2021 Colorado Prize and was published November 2021.  Hear the poet read poems which explore what it means to be exiled from a place and culture, and also what she carries with her—fiercely and lovingly.

The Hive is broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz, Sundays at 8 pm.

The Poetry Show: November 21, 2021


Host Dennis Morton read a selection of poems.

The Poetry Show is broadcast on the 3rd Sunday of each month, 8-9 pm.

The Hive: November 14, 2021

Violeta Orozco

Victoria Bañales interviewed poet Violeta Orozco, who discussed and read from her forthcoming book,
The Broken Woman Diaries. Violeta’s poems are a bold exploration of love, loss, displacement, and dismemberment, and the ways in which broken bodies can be healed and stitched back together.

Violeta Orozco is a bilingual author and spoken word artist from Mexico City. The Broken Woman Diaries is her third book and debut full-length poetry collection in English.

Listen to the podcast HERE

Violeta Orozco:
Instagram: @vletra

The Hive Poetry Collective and The Poetry Show are broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz, Sundays at 8:00 pm.

The Hive: October 31, 2021

In this week’s episode, Jessica Cohn and Nancy Miller Gomez join host Farnaz Fatemi in the Hive to read new work and talk about their poetry lives. We hear about the extraordinary Santa Cruz poetry community, and about finding joy during the pandemic, facing self-doubt. Above all, we hear some fantastic poems (in individual segments: Jessica Cohn, part 1 and Nancy Miller Gomez part 2.)

Listen to the podcast of this episode of The Hive.

The Hive Poetry Collective can be heard most Sundays at 8:00 pm on KSQD Santa Cruz.

The Poetry Show: Oct. 17, 2021


Host Dennis Morton read a selection of poems, mostly from the late 1970s and early 80s, beginning with quite a few from American Primitive, by Mary Oliver.

The next group of selections were from a 1980 book by Billy Collins, titled Video Poems.

The Poetry Show is broadcast on the 3rd Sunday of each month. On other Sundays, the 8-9 pm poetry hour is hosted by The Hive Poetry Collective.

Morton Marcus Poetry Reading

Twelfth Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading
Thursday, November 18 at 5:30 PM
Zoom webinar – register at
free event open to the public
The UC Santa Cruz Humanities Institute presents:
Twelfth Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading
featuring Gary Young.

Gary Young is the author of several collections of poetry. His most recent books are That’s What I Thought, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award from Persea Books, and Precious Mirror, translations from the Japanese. His other books include Even So: New and Selected Poems; Pleasure; No Other Life, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; Braver Deeds, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize; Days; The Dream of a Moral Life, which won the James D. Phelan Award; and Hands. He has received a Pushcart Prize, and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Vogelstein Foundation, among others. In 2009 he received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Young was the first Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, and in 2012 he was named Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year. Since 1975 he has designed, illustrated, and printed limited edition letterpress books and broadsides at his Greenhouse Review Press. His fine print work is represented in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Getty Museum, and special collection libraries throughout the U.S. and Europe. He teaches creative writing and directs the Cowell Press at UC Santa Cruz.

Poet Danusha Laméris, will host the program, and the evening will include an announcement of the winner of the Morton Marcus Poetry Contest (recipient receives a $1,000 prize).

The Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading honors poet, teacher, and film critic, Morton Marcus (1936–2009). Marcus, a nationally acclaimed poet, called Santa Cruz his home for more than fifty years. This annual poetry series continues Mort’s tradition of bringing acclaimed poets to Santa Cruz County, acknowledges the significant role poetry has played in our community’s history, and works to maintain poetry’s influence in our county’s culture. Learn more at:

This event is co-sponsored by: Ow Family Properties, UC Santa Cruz Humanities Institute, Special Collections and Archives, Living Writers Series, Porter College, Cowell College, The Porter Hitchcock Poetry Fund, Poetry Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Writes, Cabrillo College English Department, and Bookshop Santa Cruz

The Organizing Committee: Len Anderson, Hannah Hutton, Danusha Laméris, Elizabeth McKenzie, Donna Mekis, Teresa Mora, Mark Ong, Maggie Paul, Irena Polić, Catherine Segurson, and Joseph Stroud

Webpage: Morton Marcus Poetry Reading: