Stephen Kessler – the Art of Poetry & Translation

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 3.14.47 PMPoet, translator, essayist, editor and novelist, Stephen Kessler came onto KZSC‘s Artists on Art to talk about his work, the upcoming publication of three books in 2015 and salons at Gabriella Cafe.

Stephen has published  several books of poetry, and was founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Sun in the 1980s. He has also been editor and/or writer at Santa Cruz Express, and more recently, Metro Santa Cruz.  He is widely known as a translator of Julio Cortazar, Jorge Luis Borges, Luis Cernuda, Fernando Alegria and the Spanish Nobel prize winner Vicente Aleixandre. He has published several volumes of poetry.

When asked how how he got into translating Spanish to English, non-native Spanish speaker, Stephen talked about beginning his spanish translation career due to growing up in LA. He believes that all Californians are Mexican.

We also talked about Paul Cocking‘s  salons at Gabriella Cafe, the first Tuesday of every month, with dinner at 6pm and conversation at 7pm. December 2, 2014 will feature Patrice Veccione and Wallace Baine talking about creativity. Stephen will have his salon next April 2015 to talk about his translation of Luis Cernuda’s entire works of Poetry.

Queen Jasmeen, poet and spoken word artist

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Queen Jasmeen came onto Artists on Art, February 26, 2014 to talk about her poetry and art as well as her upcoming talk, entitled Creative Resistance as Activism, at the third TEDxSantaCruz Event happening March 8, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox.

Queen Jasmeen, otherwise known as Jasmine Schlafke, is a spoken word artist dedicated to social change. She is the executive curator of the Legendary Santa Cruz Slam and teaches poetry to over 800 local youth annually. Jasmine is the 1999 recipient of the National Jefferson Award for outstanding voluntarism for her work with teen parents. She looks forward to sharing what keeps her activated through poetry.

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Sara True

On June 3rd, Artist, Painter, Poet, Philosopher and brand new UCSC graduate, Sara True was the guest on KZSC’s Artist on Art to talk about about her two, one-person  exhibitions, “I Guess This is Life” at the Eduardo Carrillo Senior Gallery in the Elena Baskin Visual Arts and at Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios, “Don’t Bleed so Loud I can’t Hear the TV”.

sTThe Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios show reception was June 7th @ 118 Coral Street in downtown Santa Cruz. The show will be up for the month of June.

Please visit Sara’s website to see her wonderful paintings and her process through a lovely slideshow.

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Robert Sward

On May 31, 2013, Santa Cruz Poet Robert Sward spoke with Nada Miljkovic about his poetry reading at the Bookshop Santa Cruz on June 5, 2013 as a part of the Phren-Z’s Live Reading Issue 6. Phren-Z (pronounced fren-zee) is a quarterly online literary magazine dedicated to showcasing Santa Cruz writers. The periodical is a publication of Santa Cruz Writes, a grass roots organization dedicated to promoting the local literary community.

Robert joins other poets and authors in the line-up for Phren-Z’s Issue 6, which includes fiction readings by Alta Ifland and Catherine Segurson, poetry by Danusha Lameris, Adela Najarro, Maggie Paul, and Ken Weisner. The evening will conclude with a non-fiction piece by FloodLight Feature author John Moir.

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Poets David Sullivan & Adela Najarro

Poets, artists and educators, David Sullivan and Adela Najarro came into the KZSC studio on December 20, 2012, as guests on Artist on Art to talk about their art practice and read their poetry.

Screen shot 2012-12-27 at 2.24.22 PMThey both teach in the English department at Cabrillo College. David teaches English, Film and Screenwriting. Adela teaches as the English and is the Project Coordinator for the Puente Project, a program designed to support Latinidad in all its aspects while preparing community college students to transfer to four year colleges and universities.

David Allen Sullivan teaches English and Film at Cabrillo College. David recently wrote a book of poetry entitled, Every Seed of the Pomegranate,  published by Tebot Bach.  The poetry came out of David’s experience with his students who are returning US Vets from Iraq. It gives voice to US vets, citizens, and Iraqis.

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Adela Najarro writes poetry from  Her poetry appears in the University of Arizona Press anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, and she has published poems in numerous journals, including Porter Gulch Review, Feminist Studies, Puerto del Sol, Nimrod International Journal of Poetry & Prose, Notre Dame Review, Blue Mesa Review, Crab Orchard Review, ACM: Another Chicago Magazine, Artful Dodge, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere.

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