The Hive: May 24, 2020


Painting by 
Sandow Birk, “Salinas Valley State Prison,” Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

Poems from the Inside: Julie Murphy interviews the teachers of The Salinas Valley State Prison Poetry Workshop.

Julie Murphy interviews fellow teachers of the Salinas Valley State Prison Poetry Workshop—Rose Black, Lisa Charnock and Ken Weisner.  Please join our lively conversations about the poetry workshop, our experiences teaching, and be ready to hear some amazing poems written by the workshop participants! 


For those interested in learning more or being involved:
A Few California Arts in Corrections Websites:
* William James Foundation\
* Newsom’s proposal (before the Corona Virus hit!)
Lobby these people:
* Great local Advocate for Arts in corrections: Assemblyman Mark Stone (who is on the arts committee)
* California Lawyers for the Arts (instrumental in advocacy for arts in corrections:
Another great rehabilitative program to support: Proven to reduce recidivism, waiting lists for workshops. Started by Quakers after Attica, great curriculum, led by outside facilitators and experienced inmates.
* Here’s the National Site for AVP:
* Red Wheelbarrow: De Anza College literary journal pub wishes both a student edition and a national edition annually.Work by inmates is featured each issue alongside work of poets & writers from around the region and the country.
* Right to Write Press:Publishes limited edition chapbooks by prisoners for their families, friends
Chapbook: Scroungy by Joseph Weldin
Baca Films: A Place to Stand, directed by Daniel Glick
Bill Moyers Language of Life:

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

The Hive: May 10, 2020


This episode, hosted by The Hive’s Farnaz Fatemi, is in two segments. The first, “Why Do Iranians Love Poetry,” was produced by Shabnam Piryaei. Part two is an interview with artist Mara Poliak about dance, movement, poetry and poems. 

Links to material mentioned:
* Shabnam Piryaei
* Forrugh Farrokhzad, translated by Sholeh Wolpe
* The Captive Bird by Jazmin Darznik
* Revolutionary Letter #1 by Diane diPrima
* New and Selected poems Cecilia Vicuña
* Intervenir/Intervene. Dolores Dorantes and Rodrigo Flores Sánchez, trans. from the Spanish by Jen Hofer.

Zoom Forward! Reading Series
Catamaran Literary Reader Events

The Hive: May 3, 2020


Dion O’Reilly interviews the prolific poet, Paul Hostovsky. We talk about deafness, blindness, harmonica playing, cocoanuts, and, of course, poetry.

The Hive: April 26, 2020


Host Julie Murphy talks to bees Farnaz Fatemi, Dion O’Reilly and Lisa Allen Ortiz about loneliness and the comfort poetry can offer.

* The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy, edited by John Brehm:
* Aware, by Denise Levertov
This world of dew…  Kobayashi Issa
* Traveling Light, by Linda Pastan
* Ash First published in the Atlantic:
* Chance Darkened Me, by Jane Hirshfield in American Poetry Review:
* Ledger:
* Michiko Dead, by Jack Gilbert:
* Morning On The Island, by Carolyn Forche:
* Elizabeth Bishop:
* I Will Greet The Sun Again, by Forugh Farrokhzad:

The Hive: April 12, 2020


Santa Cruz Poet Laureate, Danusha Lameris, and her husband Armando Alcaraz, read from the anthology Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection.

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

The Hive: April 5, 2020


Dion O’Reilly interviews Ken Weisner, De Anza College Community College English teacher and editor of Red Wheelbarrow, the DeAnza literary journal. He coordinates, with Poetry Center San José to hold the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize. For fifteen years, Ken edited Quarry West out of Porter College, UCSC. Ken has published three  volumes of his own poetry with Santa Cruz’s Hummingbird Press, including Anything on Earth in 2010. and his most recent, Cricket to Star Ken’s poems have appeared most recently in Perfume River Poetry ReviewCatamaranCaesuraNine MilePorter Gulch Review, and Phren-Z. Ken also teaches poetry writing at Salinas Valley State Prison.

The Hive: March 29, 2020


Filmmaker Iva Radivojevic joins Hive host Farnaz Fatemi in this episode of Poetry in the World, to talk about how poems—their visions, the process of making them, the poets who write them—are integral to her art.

This episode is a meal full of poems, prompts, artistic vision. Sink your teeth in!

Mentioned in our conversation: 
* Woman, Native, Other by Trinh T. Minh-Ha
* Roland Barthes “I like, I don’t like”

Chilean poets:
* Cecilia Vicuna, Language is Migrant
* Roberto Bolano, Antwerp
* Niconor Parra, AntiPoems

This episode of The Hive was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz

The Hive: March 22, 2020


For The Hive Poetry Collective, Julie Murphy interviewed Kerrin McCadden about her chapbook Keep This to Yourself, winner of the 2020 Button Poetry Prize.  Don’t miss this soulful conversation about family, addiction, and loss.

Kerrin McCadden:, Twitter: @kerrinmccadden

Keep This to Yourself, from Amazon

Los Angeles Review:
Button Poetry:

This edisode of The Hive was broadcast on KSQD Santa Cruz.

The Poetry Show: March 15, 2020

We have enetered a turbulent time in Santa Cruz. A virus called COVID-19 has caused a global pandemic and, in response, KSQD is following official health policy and asking show hosts to limit studio visits as much as possible. So, rather than a live show from the studio, The Poetry Show for March 15 was a recorded Poetry Santa Cruz reading from October of last year, featuring Lola Haskins and David Sullivan.

Although the recording had not previously been broadcast on KSQD, it was posted here as a podcast. The KSQD version was edited slightly to fit into the hour alotted, so we won’t post that recording here. Instead, here’s a link to the original October 2019 post.