This show features the new host, Rachelle Escamilla, and features the old host, JP Dancing Bear as the guest. For nearly 15 years, JP Dancing Bear has been the host of Out of Our Minds, but it's time to move on. Listen to him answer some great questions, read from his latest book, Cephalopodic, as well as some new work.
Michael Meyerhofer’s fourth book of poetry, What To Do If You’re Buried Alive, was published by Split Lip Press. He’s also the author of the Dragonkin Trilogy, a dark fantasy series from Red Adept Publishing. For more information and at least one embarrassing childhood photo, visit troublewithhammers.com.
Rob Carney is the author of four books and three chapbooks of poems, most recently 88 Maps (Lost Horse Press 2015). He is the winner of the 2013 Terrain.org Poetry Prize and the 2014 Robinson Jeffers/Tor House Foundation Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Mid-American Review, and many other journals, as well as Flash Fiction Forward (Norton 2006). He is a Professor of English at Utah Valley University and lives in Salt Lake City.
Jacqueline Marcus' first collection of poems, CLOSE TO THE SHORE (Michigan State University Press) and SUMMER RAINS (Iris Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Ohio Review, The Antioch Review, The Journal, The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry International, Hotel Amerika, The American Poetry Journal, Verse Daily, The North American Review, The New Delta Review, The Tampa Review, New Madrid: Journal of Contemporary Literature and more. She is a contributing political writer for BuzzFlash.com at Truthout.org. She taught philosophy at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California, and is the editor of http://www.ForPoetry.com and http://www.EnvironmentalPress.com
Alison Luterman is a poet, essayist and playwright. Her books include the poetry collections Desire Zoo (Tia Chucha Press), The Largest Possible Life (Cleveland State University Press) and See How We Almost Fly (Pearl Editions) and a collection of essays, Feral City (SheBooks).Luterman's plays include Saying Kaddish With My Sister, Hot Water, Glitter and Spew, Oasis,and The Recruiter and the musical, The Chain. Her writings have been published in The Sun, The New York Times, The Boston Phoenix, Rattle, The Brooklyn Review, Oberon, Tattoo Highway, Ping Pong, Kalliope, Poetry East, Poet Lore, Poetry 180, Slipstream, and other journals and anthologies. Alison has taught at The Writing Salon in Berkeley, the Esalen Institute, and the Omega Institute, as well as at high schools, juvenile halls, and poetry festivals.
Kate Bernadette Benedict is the author of Earthly Use (Umbrella Press), Here from Away, and In Company. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She has been the editor and publisher of Umbrella: A Journal of Poetry and Kindred Prose, Tilt-a-Whirl and Bumbershoot.
Michelle Peñaloza grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of two chapbooks: landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias Press) and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts). Her poetry can be found in Asian American Literary Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly, The Collagist and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, the Richard Hugo House, and Literary Arts, as well as scholarships from VONA/Voices, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Michelle lives in Seattle.
Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She is the author of four books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers and The Robot Scientist's Daughter. Her poems have been featured on NPR's The Writer's Almanac and on Verse Daily; two were included in 2007's The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. She was awarded a 2007 and 2011 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for Poetry and a 2007 Washington State Artist Trust GAP grant. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and Prairie Schooner.
Hedy Habra is the author of two poetry collections, Tea in Heliopolis (Press 53 2013), winner of the USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Poetry Book Award and more recently, Under Brushstrokes (Press 53 2015); a story collection, Flying Carpets (Interlink 2013), winner of the Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention and finalist for the USA Best Book Award and the Eric Hoffer Book Award. She received the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award. Her work appears in journals such as The Bitter Oleander, Connotation Press, Cutthroat, Verse Daily, Blue Fifth Review, Nimrod, New York Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Diode, Cider Press Review, Poet Lore and Cimarron Review. She has a passion for painting and teaches Spanish at Western Michigan University.
Diane Glancy is Professor Emerita at Macalester College. She also has been a visiting professor at Kenyon College and Azusa Pacific University. She has published novels and collections of essays, drama, poetry, and short stories listed online at dianeglancy.com and dianeglancy.org. Among her awards are two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Minnesota Book Award, an Oklahoma Book Award, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
Note: this is the original recording and NOT the edited version that appeared on KKUP.
Sarah Clancy is a page and performance poet from Galway, she has published three poetry collections: Stacey and the Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press, Belfast, 2011) and Thanks for Nothing, Hippies (Salmon Poetry, 2012) and The Truth and Other Stories (Salmon Poetry, 2014). Along with fellow Galway poet Elaine Feeney she released a poetry CD called Cinderella Backwards in 2013. She has been short-listed in several of Ireland’s most prestigious written poetry competitions including The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Patrick Kavanagh Award and The Listowel Collection of Poetry Competition. In performance poetry, Sarah has won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championships and has twice been runner up in the North Beach Nights Grand Slam. In 2013 she was runner up in the All- Ireland Grand Slam Championships, and won The Bogman’s Cannon People’s Poetry Prize, 2015. She received an individual artist’s bursary from Galway City Council in 2013.
J. P. Dancing Bear is editor for the American Poetry Journal and Dream Horse Press. Bear also hosts the weekly hour-long poetry show, Out of Our Minds, on public station, KKUP and available as podcasts. He is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, most recently, Cephalopodic (Glass Lyre Press, 2015), and Love is a Burning Building (FutureCycle Press, 2014). His work has appeared or will shortly in American Literary Review, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM and elsewhere.
John Hoppenthaler's latest book is Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon, 2015), he previously published Lives of Water and Anticipate the Coming Reservoir. With Kazim Ali, he has co-edited a volume of essays on the poetry of Jean Valentine, Jean Valentine: This-World Company. For the cultural journal Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, he edits “A Poetry Congeries.” He is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at East Carolina University.
Nicky Beer is the author of The Octopus Game (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2015) and The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon, 2010), winner of the 2010 Colorado Book Award for Poetry. She has received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Louis Untermeyer Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Discovery/The Nation award. She has degrees from Yale University, the University of Houston, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her poems, fiction, nonfiction, and reviews have been published in Best American Poetry, AGNI, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine, The Nation, Nerve, New Orleans Review, Pleiades, Poetry, The Washington Post and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where she co-edits the journal Copper Nickel, and she is married to the poet Brian Barker.
Poet and translator Jim Powell lives in the Bay Area of California. He is a fourth-generation Californian, and his work investigates politics, history, and material culture, often drawing on years of research. He has also published translations of Catullus and Sappho. His honors and awards include the CCLM Younger Poets Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2005, he was the Sherry Poet in Residence at the University of Chicago. He is the author of two collections of poetry: It Was Fever That Made The World (University of Chicago Press); and Substrate (Pantheon); as well as the translator of The Poetry Of Sappho (Oxford)--All three are available on line.
Rachelle Linda Escamilla was born and raised among the agricultural fields of the Central Coast, California. She is the recipient of a number of poetry prizes including the Virginia de Arujo Academy of American Poets; her poetry and prose is published internationally. She is the founder of The Poets and Writers Coalition at San Jose State University, and received her MFA in poetry from The University of Pittsburgh. Rachelle divides her time between California and Guangzhou, China where she teaches literature, craft and co-manages The English Language Center for Creative Writing at Sun Yat-sen University.
H. L. HIX was born in Oklahoma and raised in various small towns in the south. After earning his B.A. from Belmont College (now Belmont University) and his Ph.D. (in philosophy) from the University of Texas, Hix taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and was an administrator at the Cleveland Institute of Art, before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming, where, after a term as director of the creative writing MFA, he now teaches. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai University and the University of Texas, been the “Distinguished Visitor” at the NEO MFA, and taught in the low-residency MFA at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His poetry, essays, and other works have been published in McSweeney’s, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Boston Review, Poetry, and other journals, been recognized with an NEA Fellowship, the Grolier Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Peregrine Smith Award, and been translated into Spanish, Russian, Urdu, and other languages.
Caki Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collections Circles Where the Head Should Be (UNT Press, 2011), which won the Vassar Miller Prize, and The Wynona Stone Poems (Persea, 2015), which won the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award. A former Ruth Lilly Fellow, her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Yale Review, and many other magazines. She lives in Memphis, TN, where she is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Rhodes College.
Jericho Brown's first book, Please, won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the Lambda Award, his latest book is The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press). Dr. Brown received the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals and anthologies, including The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Oxford American, The Best American Poetry and Nikki Giovanni’s 100 Best African American Poems. Now an assistant professor of English at Emory University, Atlanta, Brown previously taught at the University of San Diego and was a speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans. He received an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston.
Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the full-length collection THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST. Other work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Boston Review and four chapbooks, most notably Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound.
Connie Post has been writing poems and presenting them to the public for over twenty five years. She has published in many magazine throughout the U.S., such as Big Muddy, Karamu, Kentucky Review, Poemeleon, The Pedestal Magazine, Valparaiso Poetry Review and Spillway as well as many others. Her latest book is Floodwater from Glass Lyre Press. She has a been an advocate for issues surrounding the care of those with autism. She was the Poet Laureate of Livermore, CA from 2005 to 2009. She is the host for the very popular Bay Area reading series at the Valona Deli.