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 I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey’s Version of ‘Three Blind Mice’, by Billy Collins, and an unpublished poem by Mr.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.

The Poetry Show: Lola Haskins preview

Poet Lola Haskins will be returning to Santa Cruz for a Poetry Santa Cruz reading on October 8, 2019, at Felix Kulpa Gallery (not at Bookshop Santa Cruz this time). Host Dennis Morton previewed that event by featuring Lola Haskins on this episode of The Poetry Show on KSQD.

First, we heard some of a conversation between Dennis and Lola, including a few poems, recorded back in 2011. Then Dennis read a few poems from Lola’s most recent collection. Rounding out the hour were poems by Chase Twichell and others.

This episode of The Poetry Show was broadcast on KSQD-FM Santa Cruz, on August 18, 2019.

The Hive: August 11, 2019

Veronica Kornberg

This week’s Hive: Danusha Lameris talks with poet and winner of last year’s Morton Marcus Prize, Veronica Kornberg. Hear more of Veronica’s poems, a few of Mort’s, and learn more about this Central Coast writer.

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

The Hive: August 4, 2019

Dion O’Reilly interviews Julia Chiapella of The Young Writers Program, a program sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education which brings poetry to 4th-12th graders in Santa Cruz City Schools. Three students and a teacher speak passionately on the benefits of poetry for school age children. Find more about this program including how to volunteer at

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

The Hive: July 28, 2019

William Ward “Billy” Butler

Danusha Lameris and Dion O’Reilly interview Santa Cruz poet William Ward Butler, aka Billy Butler. We hear some of his poems and talk high school poetry slams, falling trees, Frank O’Hara and more. 

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

The Poetry Show: Len Anderson, guest

Local poet and poetry promoter Len Anderson sat down for a conversation with host Dennis Morton. The two talked about the many Santa Cruz poetry-related projects Len has been a major part of during the past 20+ years: including Poetry Santa Cruz, Poet/Speak, Hummingbird Poetry Press, and the Emerald Street Writing Group.

In addition, Len previewed his upcoming poetry collection by reading several selections from the new manuscript.

This edition of The Poetry Show was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz, on July 21, 2019.

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.