Friday, July 29, 2011

Chris Stroffolino on the sale of KUSF

Tomorrow (7/30), we'll feature the final segment of our interview with musician, essayist, and poet Chris Stroffolino. In this installment Chris discusses the sale of KUSF and his open letter to the University of San Francisco president, Father Stephen A. Privett. I urge you to read the letter in full - it's a powerful and eloquent essay that delves deeply into the history of the Catholic Church, the Jesuits, and the University of San Francisco. To hear the interview, tune in to savekusf.org tomorrow at 9am.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 16 & 23: David Meltzer 2-part!

I've been quite remiss on keeping up with blog postings so, without further ado, Poet as Radio presents a two-part interview with beat legend David Meltzer, by Marina Lazzara!

David Meltzer (born February 17, 1937) is an American poet and musician of the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has described him as "one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets and musicians."

David Meltzer's most recent collections of poetry include David's Copy: Selected Poetry (Penguin Poets) and When I Was a Poet (Pocket Poets series #60; City Lights Books. Among the anthologies and interview collections Meltzer has edited are San Francisco Beat: Talking With The Poets (City Lights Books); Reading Jazz and Writing Jazz (Mercury House); The Secret Garden: The Classical Kabbalah (Station Hill Press). As a musician/songwriter, these recordings are available with diligent searching: The Serpent Power (Vanguard), Poet Song (Vanguard). His late '60s agit-smut trilogy, The Agency, is available on remainder tables on-line.

Marina Lazzara is a local poet, musician & gardener. She received a MA in Poetics from the New College of California, where she studied with David Meltzer. She has published here and there, including Processed World, Big Bridge, Fence and Amerarcana: the Bird & Beckett Review. She is currently the editor of the eco-poetics journal, Plastic Ocean and a guitarist & vocalist for San Francisco's psychedelic-rock band, The Rabbles, who practice & conspire at Lightrail Studios.

In part 1, David talks about growing up in New York, listening to the Bebop greats, writing for the page, and writing for the ear. Also, our in-studio guest, Candy Shue, fills us in on what "remainder tables" means.

Part 1: click here to listen.

In part 2, David talks about the relationship between poetry and music, and the nature of the self as manifested in different media. Please forgive some sound/volume difficulties in the first part of this one -- it was our first time operating the controls on our own. We'll get better, we promise! But perhaps most importantly -- we get to hear David read from his works!

Part 2: click here to listen.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

july 23: liveblogging from kusf studios!

I neglected to post a note about today's show, the second part of Marina Lazzara's interview with David Meltzer, so I'm doing it right now from the studio as the interview is playing! This has been our first show without an engineer, and we're staying afloat so far! This is such a dazzling and charming and in-depth interview - more details and a link on the audio archive coming soon.

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 16: David Meltzer

Please join Poet as Radio tomorrow morning at 9am on savekusf.org for Marina Lazzara & friends' interview with poet and musician David Meltzer! David Meltzer (born February 17, 1937) is an American poet and musician of the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has described him as "one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets and musicians."

In this interview (the first of two parts) he traces his own biography back to his childhood in New York where he was exposed to and enthralled by the giants of early bebop.

David Meltzer's most recent collections of poetry includeDavid's Copy: Selected Poetry (Penguin Poets) and When I Was a Poet (Pocket Poets series #60; City Lights Books. Among the anthologies and interview collections Meltzer has edited are San Francisco Beat: Talking With The Poets (City Lights Books); Reading Jazz and Writing Jazz (Mercury House); The Secret Garden: The Classical Kabbalah (Station Hill Press). As a musician/songwriter, these recordings are available with diligent searching: The Serpent Power (Vanguard), Poet Song (Vanguard). His late '60s agit-smut trilogy, The Agency, is available on remainder tables on-line.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 2, 2011: Ariel Goldberg

This post is long overdue -- sorry Ariel and everyone for the long delay!

On July 2nd, we featured our first completely live show, with artist and writer Ariel Goldberg. In person! Yay!

It's probably safe to say that Ariel is obsessed with photography as a phenomenon, and that her artistic project, centered on that phenomenon, has taken on a life of its own, branching out into multiple mediums including performance art, poetry, lectures, and philosophy. On our show, Ariel read from recent works, including Not Nostalgia, letters to photographers, and dialogues between photographers. You can find out more about her work at www.arielgoldberg.com.

Ariel Goldberg is an artist and writer who splits her time between San Francisco and New York. Recent publications include the chapbooks Picture Cameras from NoNo Press and The Photographer without a Camera from Trafficker Press. The Estrangement Principal, an essay on the states of queer art is forthcoming from Ragtag’s poets writing criticism series in January 2012. More work is online at www.arielgoldberg.com.

Click here to listen.

Friday, July 1, 2011

This Saturday: Ariel Goldberg

Tomorrow, artist and writer Ariel Goldberg will join us in the studio for our first 100% live show! Ariel works in many disciplines, including writing and poetry, and her work frequently engages with photographs and photography as a phenomenon. You can find more of her work at arielgoldberg.com. Please join us tomorrow at 9am on savekusf.org!