The Uplift on KZYX

Hi y’all! I’m curating a new poetry spot on KZYX for the duration of the shelter in place order. Send us your work!

Open Call for Submissions for The Uplift

What is it like for our community to live through the COVID-19 pandemic? Starting this week we’re dedicating regular air time for local-area poets, writers, songwriters, musicians, & spoken word artists to feature their reflections on the pandemic, as shelter in place stretches on for at least several more weeks. How is this collective experience affecting individuals, and how do we understand what is happening to us?

Submit wav or mp3 recordings of poems, short stories, micro-fictions, songs, & short essays to theuplift.kzyx@gmail.com. Selections will be broadcast on KZYX on Friday mornings at 9am, throughout the shelter in place order. 

Sheltering

So grateful for the warmth and delight of #sheltering in these poems. To be held by the woods is nothing short of majesty. So grateful to Aileen Cassinetto for publishing these three poems.

Poet Spotlight with Rob McLennan

Three poems from my “sutures” series are featured in Rob McLennan’s Spotlight series today, along with a poetics re: erasures and trauma. Here’s an excerpt:

“Erasures can be a useful form for processing trauma because it can helps the writer externalize any traumatic events that come up, while also building towards a catharsis. They can help one excavate and uplight these traumatic experiences; they can help us shine a light on the dark. Erasures can also be less labor-intensive because the author is not singularly responsible for the poem that’s created. It is a collaboration between the author and the existing text. The creation of an erasure poem can happen organically, through a series of associations and connections that develop between the author and the page.”

https://medium.com/@robmclennan/spotlight-series-43-melissa-eleftherion-2d80d5615e24