Even though we’ve been expecting it, the end of KUSP-FM was a punch in the gut for us at The Poetry Show. There will be a period of mourning among longtime KUSP veterans. An excerpt from the press release can be found at the bottom of this post.
Having said that, there’s no way to go but forward. We’re committed to continuing The Poetry Show here, with new guests and recorded local readings. We have our podcast archive going back to May, 2007, which will soon be accessible here (no podcast re-post this week).
The KUSP website is now shut down, as well, so there’s an update to this website: the indispensable Internet Archive “Wayback Machine” has a number of “snapshot” copies of the KUSP website, so the link at the top of this page labeled “KUSP’s Poetry Show (archived)” will take you to the KUSP blog pages archived on that site. Be aware that, because of the way the archiving process works, it’s not as easy to search for a particular blog post and/or podcast.
KUSP 88.9fm | KUSP.ORG STOPS BROADCASTING AFTER NEARLY 45 YEARS Local Independent Public Radio Station Contemplates Options
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – July 31, 2016 – Local independent public radio station KUSP 88.9fm | kusp.org will sign off at midnight tonight, ending nearly 45 years of distinguished on-air public service in the greater Monterey Bay Area and more than 20 years online.
The move is in response to the station’s current financial situation: monthly expenses exceed monthly revenues and the Board has been unable to secure bridge funds necessary to support a new music discovery format as KUSP transitions away from being a National Public Radio (NPR) member station.
“This decision reflects the reality of the station’s financial situation; we simply cannot afford to broadcast any longer,” said Board President Matt Farrell. The Board will continue to search for a buyer and is evaluating remaining options in light of financial issues facing the station.
One of our favorite Monterey Bay area poets, Lisa Allen Ortiz, has a new poetry collection, titled Guide to the Exhibit. The book is the 2016 winner of the Perugia Press Prize, so congratulations to Lisa!
Until our next opportunity to talk to Lisa in person, we’re re-posting the podcast from her last guest appearance on The Poetry Show. To use the links, go to the original post at KUSP (yes, it’s still there – don’t give up). Here’s a picture of the blog post:
A standing-room-only crowd at Bookshop Santa Cruz enjoyed the poetry of Dana Gioia and Robert Sward, featured readers for the July 14, 2016 Poetry Santa Cruz event.
Longtime Santa Cruz resident and poetry luminary Robert Sward began the evening with a special treat – an unpublished work. He read a long piece from his newest book, to be titled Love Has Made Grief Absurd.
Robert was followed by Dana Gioia, recently installed as Poet Laureate of California. His stated goal is to stage a poetry event in each of the state’s 58 counties during his two-year tenure. The large and appreciative audience was happy to help him check Santa Cruz off his list in style. Most stayed around for a Q&A session with the poets after the readings (included in the podcast).
Hard to believe, but it’s been almost four years since The Poetry Show last conversed with Dana Gioia. He’s back, this time as the Poet Laureate of California, and will be reading at Tuesday evening’s Poetry Santa Cruz event (7:30 at Bookshop Santa Cruz). Dana Gioia will be joined by Robert Sward as the evening’s featured readers.
To whet your appetite, we’re re-posting the podcast from 2012, along with the following screen shot of the accompanying blog post:
On the afternoon of June 14, 2016, Los Angeles-based poet Kim Dower sat down for a conversation with Poetry Show host Dennis Morton. Kim’s newest book is Last Train to the Missing Planet. She was in town for a reading that evening (listen to the reading here), and graciously took some time away from enjoying a beautiful afternoon in Santa Cruz. Actually, since the interview took place outdoors in Abbott Square, we did not have to take any time away from enjoying the beautiful afternoon.
This conversation forms a sort of sidebar, to be enjoyed alongside the Poetry Santa Cruz reading later in the evening. Kim and Dennis get into some interesting “behind the poetry” territory, so be sure to listen to both recordings. Another reason to include the Poetry Santa Cruz reading in your podcast-listening schedule is to enjoy the poetry of William Minor, the other reader at that event.
This conversation marks the beginning of a new life for The Poetry Show – our first show that won’t be broadcast live on KUSP-FM. The plan for now is to record new episodes of The Poetry Show when an interesting guest is available, and on other occasions as the spirit moves.
Upcoming on Tuesday June 14 is the monthly Poetry Santa Cruz reading, at Bookshop Santa Cruz. The Poetry Show will be there to record the event, headlined by Kim Dower and William Minor, and we’ll be posting that here as a podcast. Dennis will also be interviewing Ms. Dower for a new Poetry Show podcast episode.
As an appetizer, and to further the goal of copying past blog posts over here to our brand-new site, here’s a re-post of the April PSC reading:
Dallat is also an accomplished musician, and treated the audience to a couple of pieces on mandolin – one of many instruments he brought along on the current West Coast book tour. The reading was followed by a brief question and answer session.
Local poet, editor and translator Stephen Kessler joined host Dennis Morton on The Poetry Show for May 1, 2016. In addition to his own career accomplishments, Stephen was one of the original Poetry Show hosts, along with Gary Young. Until further notice, this was the last show broadcast live from KUSP-FM, so it was appropriate to have Stephen as a guest to reminisce about the early history of KUSP, The Poetry Show and Santa Cruz poetry.
As a part of the history lesson, Stephen shared some of his own history in the world of poetry, including memories of associations with George Hitchcock, Gary Young, Morton Marcus and Robert Duncan. This week’s “ABC’s of advice to aspiring poets” comes via Stephen’s memories of Duncan’s teaching days at UCSC:
A – Trust your own voice B – Give yourself permission to be an idiot C – Poets aren’t factories