Listen to come along on Melina’s experience of the annual Berkeley Book Festival, talking with 6 poets from in and around the Bay. With poems about lost histories and alcoholism and why poetry will save the world, there’s a bit of everything in this week’s episode.
In this episode, Melina sits down with yet another poet who displays their work on a fence. This time, Gary Turchin, a poet and writer for over 40 years, talks about the fence around his house as a place for self-publication, his work in elementary schools reciting poetry for kids,
Berkeley has been home to many poets in the past, and today is no different. This week, Melina sits down with Taylor Stoneman, a poet from Arizona, who found Berkeley to be the perfect place for her poetry to flourish.
Ever see a tag on the street and take a second look? What about a poem? For poet Leslie Reed, a hidden fence in North Berkeley is her place of creation. In this episode, Melina takes a walk with Leslie to explore her fence poems out in the wild.
In this episode, Melina sits down with Arisa White, a poet and educator from the east coast, to talk about her connection to the Bay Area. What’s the difference between the poetry scene on each side of the country, and how does it shape a poet’s journey?
In this episode, Melina sits down with 4 members of UC Berkeley’s Live Poets Society to talk all things poetry. They discuss topics from style and form to feelings and selfishness, and why poetry may be “the most selfish form of art.”
At 17, Alameda County Youth Poet Laureate Zoe Dorado has a lot to say. She is the guest of this week’s episode and offers her view on the role of a poet laureate, and her place as a person of color in the poetry world.
What’s the role of publication in a poet’s world? Does publication necessarily constitute success? In this episode, Melina talks to Yuna Kang, a UC Berkeley undergrad with a few publications under their belt.
This episode features UC Berkeley seniors Aris Richardson and Miranda Jiang speaking about how their “Live Poets Society” club came to be. Through sharing poetry and personal stories, Aris and Miranda reveal how they found a way to navigate identity through their work. Produced by Melina Kritikopoulos.