KUSP's Poetry Show

William Greenwood, guest poet


POSTER_20AHost Dennis Morton welcomed farm worker educator/organizer and poet William (Bill) Greenwood to the Poetry Show on Sunday evening, December 14, 2014. His new poetry collection is titled Landscape/Cityscape. Bill read and discussed a number of poems from the new book, and also shared stories of his adventurous life of social work and education, first with farm workers in California and later in many other countries around the world.

The new chapbook’s title,  Landscape/Cityscape, was inspired by a painting called Cityscape 1, by artist Richard Diebenkorn. A reproduction of the painting graces both the cover of the book and this post.

William Greenwood has one earlier published poetry collection, titled Into the Center of America, and even before that partnered with former Poetry Show host Stephen Kessler in a poetry translation project. Bill translated from Spanish to English and edited a bi-lingual edition of poetry by the Guatemalan poet Arqueles Morales (used copies still available).


Readings, Rhinos, Recordings


07 - for-rhino-frontIn the first half of the December 7, 2014 Poetry Show, host Dennis Morton read introductory material and poetry from a book titled, For Rhino in a Shrinking World: An International Anthology of Poetry. Book sales benefit the Chipembere Rhino Foundation.

The lavishly illustrated book’s list of contributors includes 108 poets. Dennis promises a return to this anthology for a future Poetry Show, but there was only time this week for an introductory few.


  • The Rock, by Elisabeth Gowans
  • Eyona Indala, by Harry Owen
  • Lord of Life, by Norman Morrissey
  • I Am Rhino, by Wendy Wallace
  • Tomorrow Never Comes, by John Mhongovoyo
  • The Rhino Speaks, by Baisali Chatterjee Dutt
  • In Your Hands, by Ruth Woudstra


 07 - CD coverThe second half of this Poetry Show broadcast featured a CD titled The Knopf National Poetry Month Collection (2006). This particular CD was chosen for inclusion in this week’s show because it contains several readings by Mark Strand who, as noted on last week’s show, recently died at the age of 80. From the publisher:

Since 1998, the Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Group has celebrated National Poetry Month™ by emailing a poem-a-day throughout the month of April to over 25,000 devoted poetry fans. In April 2006, Knopf introduced the Poem-a-Day podcast, which featured poets including Kevin Young and James Merrill reading their own poems, as well as Knopf authors such as Joan Didion and Toni Morrison reading work by their favorite poets. 

To celebrate National Poetry Month™ 2007, Random House Audio has gathered a selection of the April 2006 Knopf Poem-a-Day podcasts into one outstanding audio collection. In addition to the all-star lineup of poets and celebrity readers included in Knopf’ s podcasts, this program also features exclusive bonus track recordings of Donald Justice, Franz Wright, Frank O’ Hara and Mark Strand reading their own work.

Readings: Strand, Wolpe


30 - Mark StrandThe first half of the november 30, 2014 Poetry Show was a tribute to Canadian-American poet Mark Strand, who died on Saturday at the age of 80. Host Dennis Morton read a number of poems from Strand’s Collected Poems (2014). The National Book Foundation introduction says:

“Gathered here is a half century’s work by the former poet laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner whose haunting and exemplary style has influenced an entire generation of American poets.”


The show’s second half was a marked departure in many ways from the poetry of Mark Strand.

30 - SholehSholeh Wolpé is an Iranian-American poet whose words we hear from a CD called The Scar Saloon. According to Wolpé’s website, the poems are  ”performed by Sholeh Wolpé to ancient and modern Persian music”. The Poetry Foundation writes:

“Wolpé’s concise, unflinching, and often wry free verse explores violence, culture, and gender. So many of Wolpé’s poems deal with the violent situation in the Middle East, yet she is ready to both bravely and playfully refuse to let death be too proud.”

Red Wheelbarrow live


23 - Red WheelbarrowThe 2014 national edition issue of Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine was the focus of the Poetry Show for November 23, 2014. Live in studio was editor Ken Weisner, along with contributors Doren Robbins, David Sullivan (editor of Porter Gulch Review at Cabrillo College), L. Rae (Leslie) Woods and Joan Zimmerman. All of the guests read selections from the new Red Wheelbarrow, both their own compositions and those of others.

The magazine is the product of a student program at De Anza College in Cupertino, where Ken Weisner is a faculty member. An issue containing only student contributions is published every spring, and this national edition comes out every fall.


For Poetry Show listeners interested in submitting material to be considered for future editions of Red Wheelbarrow (and/or Porter Gulch Review), follow the links above for submittal info. Also, consider enrolling in the classes that work so hard to edit and publish these excellent literary journals. The number of students enrolled goes a long way towards determining support levels for these literary programs at California’s community colleges.

All of this show’s guests except Leslie Woods have been previous guests on the Poetry Show. To find past podcasts, go the the Guest Poet listing page.

Readings: Foust, Edson, Koozer, Parker…


16 - momscanoeThe Poetry Show for November 16, 2014 featured readings live and recorded. In the first half of the hour, host Dennis Morton read selections from a variety of published poetry, including:

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Russell Edson (1935-2014)



The second half-hour was given to recorded poetry available on CD, with readings by the authors. Selections heard were from:

Gary Young, guest poet


9_-_Gary_YoungJoining host Dennis Morton in the studio for the Poetry Show broadcast of November 9, 2014 was local poet and printer Gary Young. In the past, Gary has been a guest to share his own poetry, or to be introduced as poet laureate of Santa Cruz County. Yet another purpose is served this time: a preview of the upcoming 5th Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading. Gary will host this year’s reading.




Everwine,_HanzlicekFeatured readers at this year’s Morton Marcus reading are two of Gary Young’s old friends  - Charles Hanzlicek and Peter Everwine. Poetry Show podcast listeners will hear Gary read poems by Hanzlicek and Everwine. To further induct listeners into the spirit of the event, Dennis reads several poems by Morton Marcus.


Readings: Kinnell, Barber, Spencer, Dawkins, Carruth, Keyes


2 - KinnellHost Dennis Morton shared an eclectic variety of poems and poets on the KUSP Poetry Show broadcast of November 2, 2014. First up was a brief tribute to Pulitzer Prize winner Galway Kinnell, who passed a few days ago at age 87. Included were two early poems about fellow poet Robert Frost, several anti-Vietnam-War poems, and After Making Love We Hear Footsteps – probably Kinnel’s best-known poem.

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After Kinnell, we heard:

  • You’ve Gotta Go Home and If I Were Blue, by Patricia Barber, from her CD Verse
  • Castle Beach and Moment of Inertia, by Debra Spencer, from her book Pomegranate
  • What I Know About Women So Far and The Lilac Thief, by Young Dawkins, from the CD and book The Lilac Thief
  • The Oldest Killed Lake in North America and Onondaga, Early December, by Hayden Carruth 
  • Daybreak Blues, by Weldon Keyes

Kate Gale, guest poet


26 - Kate GaleOne of America’s busiest poets, Kate Gale, made time last week for the Poetry Show. Host Dennis Morton interviewed Ms. Gale last Thursday and that recorded interview was broadcast on the KUSP Poetry Show for October 26, 2014.  Kate was in Santa Cruz for a reading in the Living Writers Reading series at UCSC in her capacity as managing editor of Red Hen Press, sharing the stage with editee (if there is such a word) Andrew Lam.

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In addition what seems to ordinary humans a hectic schedule of  editing and promoting poetry all over the world, Kate Gale writes opera librettos, teaches college writing classes, serves on the board of several writing-related non-profits, and still finds time for the inner life. Her latest book of poetry is titled The Goldilocks Zone, and she shared and discussed a number of poems from the new book.


To get an idea of the incredible whirl that is normal life for Kate Gale, check out her blog. Also, there’s a link to a podcast of Kate’s 2007 Poetry Show appearance on our guest poets page.

Patrice Vecchione, guest poet


12 - PatriceV250Local poet and Poetry Show veteran Patrice Vecchione was the guest of host Dennis Morton on October 12, 2014. This latest Poetry Show visit served a dual purpose. The first was to promote the upcoming 6th annual Maud Meehan Memorial Poetry Reading, Tuesday October 14 at Cabrillo College.  Patrice shared some personal recollections of Maud Meehan and read several of her poems.

12 - GabriellaGyMPatrice Vecchione will be one of two featured readers at the event. The other is Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs.



From Poetry Santa Cruz:

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is a full professor at Seattle University and teaches in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures as well as the Women and Gender Studies Department, and is co-director of the Patricia Wismer Center for Gender, Justice, and Diversity.

A second upcoming event for Patrice was to preview her non-fiction work-in-progress, a book titled Step Into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life. Listeners were treated to a preview reading of several selected passages from the new book, scheduled to be published next spring.

Travis Mossotti, guest poet


FieldStudy_cover_080814.tmPoet Travis Mossotti joined host Dennis Morton on the Poetry Show for October 5, 2014 to read from and discuss his new book. Titled Field Study, the collection is dedicated to his wife, a field biologist. The poems were inspired by experiences gained in the field accompanying his wife in her work in wildlife conservation. From the publisher:

Written in the tradition of American naturalists, FIELD STUDY chronicles a courtship and marriage through the vehicle of carnivore conservation efforts. The poems in Travis Mossotti’s second collection invite the reader to join in the observation of field work, and to glimpse the devotion required to sustain what is human and what is animal. In these pages, the ethics of nature and relationships are elegantly rendered, revealing who we are by what we see.

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Travis, his wife and their two daughters now live in the St. Louis area. In the past, both spent time on the faculty of UCSC, and lived in Santa Cruz County for a time.

It was also Fall Pledge Week at KUSP, and the show was punctuated by the sound of (not enough) telephones ringing. Local poet and fellow Poetry Santa Cruz board member Len Anderson joined Dennis in the studio for this effort. We invite our blog readers to become part of the public support network that keeps KUSP and the Poetry Show on the air. Click here to make an online donation.