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Kita Shantiris, guest poet

Poet Kita Shantiris was the in-studio guest of host Dennis Morton on the Poetry Show for February 7, 2016. Ms. Shantiris will be reading for Poetry Santa Cruz this Tuesday, 7:30 PM, at Bookshop Santa Cruz, along with local poet Doren Robbins. A psychologist who runs a non-profit mental health center, Kita Shantiris’ new poetry [...]


Readings: Elkins, Shantiris, Manhattan Review, The Dark Horse, Evans, Harrison, Beckman-Rohrer

Sunday’s show featured a variety of readings by host Dennis Morton, plus recorded readings by a pair of American traveling poets. The show started off with several poems from Blue Yodel, a new collection by Ansel Elkins. Ms. Elkins, a native of Alabama, is new to the Poetry Show reading catalog.One reviewer described her poetry [...]


Readings: C. K. Williams, Chase Twichell

For the November 29, 2015 Poetry Show, host Dennis Morton read poems by the recently deceased American poet, critic and translatorC. K. Williams. Born November 2, 1936, in Newark, New Jersey, Williams passed on September 20at age 78, after a long and distinguished writing career. Reading selections for this retrospective were drawn from several of [...]


Readings: Robin Robertson, Elizabeth Burns, The Dark Horse, Knopf Poetry Month CD

The Poetry Show for November 15, 2105 featured a selection of readings. In the first half-hour, host Dennis Morton was the reader, selecting poems from Scotland: Sailing the Forest, byRobin Robertson, (Farrar, Straus and Giroud – 2015).This volume is a collection selected from Robertson’s previous books. Other poems from this book were shared with Poetry [...]


Readings 9-27

Host Dennis Morton was joined by Joan Maro for an hour of selected readings on the Poetry Show broadcast for September 27, 2015. Selections came from several books, including: The Horse Has Six Legs, an anthology of Serbianpoetry; edited, translated, and with an introduction by Charles Simic(1992). Sailing the Forest, byRobin Robertson, (Farrar, Straus and [...]


Readings: Marcus,

The Poetry Show for November 8, 2015 was a preview of the 6th annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading. This year’s event is scheduled for this coming Thursday, November 12. California Poet Laureate Emeritus Al Young is this year’s featured reader. Morton Marcus was a long-time host of the Poetry Show, and for the last [...]


Lisa Ortiz: guest poet

Local poet and translator Lisa Ortiz joined host Dennis Morton in the studio for the Poetry Show of November 1, 2015. Lisa has several times been a guest on the show, in a variety of contexts. Lisa’s latest endeavor is the translation of Spanish-language poetry by Peruvian poet Blanca Varela, who died in 2009. Lisa [...]


Readings from “This Art: Poems About Poetry”, and much more

Host Dennis Morton delivered “a potpourri of poetry” to Poetry Show listeners on October 25, 2015. The first selection of readings was drawn from an anthology titledThis Art: Poems About Poetry (2003, Copper Canyon Press, edited by Michael Wiegers). We hear poems by Hayden Carruth, David Budbill, Jim Harrison, Anna Swir, Richard Jones, Ruth Stone, [...]


Guest poets: Rebecca Foust, Roy Mash

The Poetry Show brought a pair of talented poets into the studio on Sunday evening, October 18, 2015.Rebecca Foust is a returning past guest, and host Dennis Morton welcomed first-timer Roy Mash. Both poets have new books out, which naturally led to an absorbing hour of reading and discussion. Ms. Foust’s book is titledParadiseDrive, [...]


Selected Readings, River Styx recordings

The Poetry Show of October 11, 2015 featured readings by host Dennis Morton, and recorded readings by poets in their own voices. In the show’s first half, we heard Dennis read selections from: Another America, by Barbara Kingsolver(1992) A Small Story About the Sky, by Alberto Rios(2015) River Styx magazine, 25th anniversary edition (2000) [...]


Tom Crawford and a new Catamaran

Host Dennis Morton welcomed two guests to the Poetry Show on October 4, 2015. One was poet Tom Crawford, who came to read from and discuss his new book, titledCaging the Robin. The other guest was Catherine Segurson, creator and editor of a true Santa Cruz treasure – Catamaran Literary Reader. As you [...]


Marc Zegans, guest poet – part 3

Poet, spoken-word artist and creative development advisor Marc Zegansjoined host Dennis Morton for the third time this year. Marc’sfirst visit was on June 28, and featured a discussion ofspoken-word poetry and a book-with-CD anthology titledSpoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation.The main subject of visit number two, on July [...]


Tilly Shaw – Tribute, Part 2

This week’s Poetry Show was the second of two hours devoted to the memory of Santa Cruz educator, scholar and poet Tilly Washburn Shaw, who recently passed on at age eighty-four. Tillie was a long-timeUCSC faculty member, and aboard member ofPoetry Santa Cruz. Last week, in part one of the tribute, host Dennis Morton [...]


Tilly Shaw tribute, part 1

This week’s Poetry Show was a retrospective tribute to Santa Cruz educator and poet Tilly Washburn Shaw, who recently passed on at age eighty-four. Tillie was a long-time UCSC faculty member, and a board member ofPoetry Santa Cruz. To help with this special hour, host Dennis Morton was [...]


Len Anderson, guest poet

Local poet, Poetry Santa Cruz board member and physicist Len Anderson joined host Dennis Morton on August 30, 2015 to read from and discuss the latest issue of Rattle magazine (#49), one of our favorite poetry periodicals. Len has extra incentive to celebrate this latest issue: the inclusion of one of his own poems in [...]


Selected Readings: The New Yorker, Hitchcock, Piercy

Guest reader Joan Maro again joined host Dennis Morton on August 23, 2015 for an hour of back-and-forth poetry reading and discussion. This is Joan’s third guest spot on the Poetry Show, and listeners can look forward to more visits in the future. Joan read a number of poems from among those published this [...]


Selected Readings: Levertov, Carruth, Carver, Piercy, Lendennie, Kumin, mor

On this week’s Poetry Show, host Dennis Morton shared readings from a variety of poets. Check back in about a week for updates to this post.


Troy Jollimore, guest poet

Last night, poet Troy Jollimore returned for his quadrennial visitto the Poetry Show.He sat down withhost Dennis Morton to read from anddiscuss Troy’s newest poetry collection, titled Syllabus of Errors, which will be published on September 29. The title is perhaps partly a reference to aVatican document by that name (1864), which comprised an extensive [...]


C. J. Sage, guest poet

Local poet and animal-rights advocate C. J. Sage visited the Poetry Show on August 2, 2015. She and host Dennis Morton read and discussed poetry primarily about animals. Ms. Sage edits The National Poetry Review, andhas five published books: Let’s Not Sleep (poetry) And We the Creatures (poetry anthology) Field Notes in Contemporary Literature(textbook/anthology ) [...]


Marc Zegans, guest poet – part 2, Tilly Shaw

On the KUSP Poetry Show broadcast for July 26, 2015, host Dennis Morton was joined once again by poet, spoken-word artist and creative development advisorMarc Zegans. But before continuing the discussion of spoken-word poetry with Marc, we paused briefly to pay respects to Tilly Shaw, longtime local poet and educator who passed away a few [...]