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.

The Hive: May 12, 2019

Celebrate the 2019 issue of Porter Gulch Review with editor David Allen Sullivan and a panel of this year’s contributors: Victoria Bañales, Jennifer Lagier, Travis DeYoung, Kate Avraham, and Robin White Turtle Lysne as they read poems from the issue.

Be sure to join poets and editors for the 2019 Porter Gulch Review launch party at the Horticulture Center at Cabrillo College on May 18th.

Lisa Allen Ortiz hosts this episode of The Hive.

The Hive: May 5, 2019

Laurence White

Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O’Reilly interview local Santa Cruz poet and songwriter, Laurence White. We hear Laurence read and sing and talk further about both.

Episode also includes a segment from The Hive called, Who Are We Reading?


From the Laurence White interview:

Follow Laurence at @caravaggioboy

Listen to Laurence’s music: — this is the track you heard on our show. –this is the “bedroom EP” Laurence refers to.

More info on Word Church can be found here

Farnaz mentioned a movie which takes place at Transylvania U in Kentucky. It is American Animals.

In the Who Are We Reading segment:

Dion read from Ploughshares; she also mentioned New Ohio Review and New England Review.

Farnaz read from Halal If You Hear Me: Breakbeat Poets vol 3, newly released.

The Hive, April 28, 2019

Danusha Laméris

In this week’s edition of The Hive poetry collective hour on KSQD-FM, Santa Cruz, host Dion O’Reilly interviewed current Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate Danusha Laméris.

Danusha talks about her life, her writing, and her role as poet laureate. She reads a few poems from her first book The Moons of August and also some new ones from her second book– Bonfire Opera– which will be available in spring 2020.

The Poetry Show: Ken Weisner, guest

Ken Weisner at January book launch reading

The year 2019 has been busy so far for Santa Cruz poet, editor and educator Ken Weisner. On Sunday evening, April 21, Ken sat down with host Dennis Morton for a one-on-one conversation about it all.

In addition to selections from his two most recent poetry collections, Ken read a few poems by prison inmates he works with, published in Red Wheelbarrow, the literary magazine he edits at De Anza College in Cupertino.

Earlier this year, Ken Weisner launched his newest poetry collection, Cricket to Star, with a reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz on January 27, 2019. That podcast is here.

Then, on April 9, Poetry Santa Cruz welcomed Sally Ashton and Ken Weisner to read at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Click back two posts to find that podcast.

The Hive, April 14, 2019

As part of our local Community Voices series, Farnaz Fatemi and Dion O’Reilly interview Watsonville-based poet, teacher, and fiction editor at Watermelanin Magazine, Christopher Soriano, reading his poetry and talking about his life. Find Christopher Soriano on Instagram and Twitter @chsoripalma and at christophersorianowrites.

PSC April 2019: Sally Ashton and Ken Weisner

Poetry Santa Cruz welcomed Sally Ashton and Ken Weisner to read for an appreciative audience at Bookshop Santa Cruz, on April 9, 2019.

Sally Ashton’s latest poetry collection is titled The Behaviour of Clocks. Learn more at her website:

Ken Weisner also has a new poetry collection, Cricket to Star, which he launched with a reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz on January 27, 2019. If you missed it, we have the podcast.

The Hive: Cruse, In Her Shoes

Sarah Cruse

For March 31, 2019, Danusha Lameris of The Hive on KSQD welcomed singer/ songwriter Sarah Cruse, who led in a discussion with other members of In Her Shoes, a local event that features African-American women sharing their experiences through poetry/ spoken word.

Other members of In Her Shoes

The Hive: Ortiz, Freitag

In this episode of the Hive Poetry Hour, Meg Frietag, author of the award winning collection Edith, reads poems and discusses parakeets, love, childhood, teeth, consciousness and the pitfalls of calling fiction fiction.

Following the interview is the Hive poetry calendar.

This episode was broadcast on Sunday, March 24, 2019, on KSQD-FM, Santa Cruz, CA.