the weekly hour-long poetry program
Out of Our Minds radio program is the second longest continuous poetry radio show in America. It is now well into its third decade. Over the years there have been several hosts: Charlotte Muse, Patrick Daily, Jim Standish, J.P. Dancing Bear, and recently Rachelle Escamilla.
Presented by people's radio KKUP, 91.5FM on Wednesday nights from 8 to 9pm Pacific Time, the show enjoys a large listening audience of the South San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Area. When the station offered streaming audio over the internet the show received email and support throughout the world.
For nearly 15 years Out of Our Minds host J.P. Dancing Bear presented a richly diverse field of voices in Contemporary Poetry, including C.K. Williams, Jane Hirshfield, Wanda Coleman, Willis Barnstone, Sarah Arvio, Pascale Petit, Ralph Angel, Cyrus Cassells, Zachary Schomburg, Michael Collier, Margot Schillp, James Grinwis, Amy King, Camille T. Dungy, Randall Mann, Alan Jude Moore, Derek Mong, Dean Rader, Nin Andrews, Kim Addonizio, Dorriane Laux, Arthur Sze, Joy Harjo, Carol Moldaw, Terese Svoboda, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Jim Powell, Natasha Saje, C. J. Sage, T.R. Hummer, Daisy Fried, Sarah Kennedy, Amanda Auchter, Betsy Wheeler, Emily Rosko, John Gallaher, Amy Beeder, Catherine Pierce, Terry Blackhawk, Ravi Shankar, Ingrid Wendt, Brian Barker, Alta Ifland, Campbell McGrath, Cecily Parks, Lightsey Darst, Dana Levin, Alan Shapiro, Evie Shockley, Angela Ball, Sidney Wade, Andrea Hollander Budy, Maxine Hong Kingston, Chad Sweeney, Kazim Ali, Steven Kowitz, Tony Barnstone, Morton Marcus and many, many more.
Guests of the show converse on a large number of topics regarding poetry including but not limited to technique, process, style, intent, market, influences, publishing, education, translation, etc.
J. P. Dancing Bear has begun every show with "...and a good evening" and ends every show with a nod to one of his favorite radio interviewers and influences, Alex Bennett, with "...let's strike the set and call it a wrap..." Bear's last show was at the end of September, 2015.