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Danusha Laméris

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Danusha Laméris on the path of poetry

Author, Can I Ask You?

Danusha talks about her journey from loss to "the luckiest girl in the world."


9 Sep 2021

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Danusha Laméris: "Nothing Wants to Suffer"


Recorded by Danusha Laméris for Poem-a-Day, a series produced by the Academy of American Poets. Published on April 9, 2021. www.poets.org


9 Apr 2021

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Naomi Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris in Conversation

The Poetry Magazine Podcast

Spring is almost officially here. This week, poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris reflect on the year that has passed—a year that has been so different and difficult to comprehend. Nye and Laméris remind us that poetry makes sense when things stop making sense—that poetry can take us over, under, or through difficulty. Nye is the Poetry Foundation's Young People’s Poet Laureate, and one of the guest editors of the magazine's special issue dedicated to poems for young people. When we asked her who she wanted to speak with on the podcast, she said Danusha Laméris, the last person she really spent time with before the lockdown began. The two were essentially meeting for the first time, but they sound like “new-old friends.” They’ve spent a year getting to know each other from afar by exchanging letters, poems, and packages between San Antonio, Texas, and Santa Cruz, California. You’ll hear poems from Nye and Laméris, including Nye’s poem in the current issue of Poetry, “Every day as a wide field, every page.” Need a transcript of this episode? Request a transcript here.


9 Mar 2021

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The Soul Craves: Poetry and Conversation with Danusha Laméris

In the Balance

“We live in a culture that is a very hungry culture because so many of the things that our souls crave are not what we are feeding ourselves.” Award-winning poet laureate Danusha Laméris discusses her stunning works and how she integrates the different facets of life to express the curiosities and wonders of the world around us, held in space by the memory of a moment in time. She is no stranger to profound and deep loss, and speaks about writing not only from a place of grief, encouraging us not to push them away, but to excavate them carefully and push ourselves to the edge of discovering joy and pleasure once again. Danusha also gifts us by reading two of her poems aloud, “The Watch” and “Stone.” Her poetry reads like watching a film, bringing us into the world of the storyteller on a sensory level, and reminding us why we need poetry in our lives.


8 Feb 2021

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S2:E21 A conversation between the poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris

The Hive Poetry Collective

A conversation between the beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, marking the occasion of the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award.


14 Aug 2020

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ep. 40 - Danusha Laméris


Episode #40 features Danusha Laméris and her latest book, Bonfire Opera. Danusha has appeared in issues #31, 33, and 68.Danusha Laméris is the author of The Moons of August (Autumn House, 2014), which was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press poetry prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Book Award. Some of her poems have been published in: The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The SUN Magazine, Tin House, The Gettysburg Review, and Ploughshares. Her second book is Bonfire Opera, (University of Pittsburgh Press), and she is the 2020 recipient of the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. She teaches poetry independently, and is the current Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California. For more information, visit: http://www.danushalameris.com/As always, we'll also include live open mic for responses to our weekly prompt. For details on how to participate, either pre-recorded, via Skype, or by phone, go to: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/This Week's Prompt:A superhero comes home after a hard day at work. Next Week's Prompt: Run-on-sentence poem. Write a prose poem consisting of one long sentence (commas and other punctuation ok).

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6 May 2020

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Episode 35) Danusha Laméris interviews Dion O'Reilly about her new book

The Hive Poetry Collective

Danusha Laméris talks to Dion O'Reilly about her new book, Ghost Dogs which is  available for pre-order from Bookshop Santa Cruz also available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The rainy night conversation includes tasty tidbits about compost piles, waking up with a new face, and the parables of Jesus Christ! Learn more about Dion O'Reilly, including upcoming appearances and  ongoing workshops at her website.


30 Dec 2019

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Episode 30) Danusha Laméris and Dion O’Reilly read and discuss poems about Santa Cruz.

The Hive Poetry Collective

The first in a series, Santa Cruz Poet Laureate Danusha Laméris and poet Dion O’Reilly host a show featuring poems about Santa Cruz. Included is work from Ellen Bass, Joseph Stroud, Gary Young and also a few written by the hosts. Events: Joseph Stroud’s book launch for his latest collection Everything That Rises will be December 8th, 2019 at 3:00 pm at the beautiful Cabrillo College Horticulture Center. Also, the Patricia Smith reading is on December 8th, 2019 7:00pm at MAH. For information and to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patricia-smith-at-the-mah-december-8-tickets-77655350243?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


13 Nov 2019

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Danusha Laméris Interviews Zubair Ahmed

The Hive Poetry Collective

Danusha Laméris and Armando Alcaraz in conversation with the poet Zubair Ahmed. We learn about his journey here from Bangladesh and about poetry as saving grace. Find his work at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/zubair-ahmed.


4 Oct 2019

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Bonus: Thirteen-Minute Episode Segment-- Dion O'Reilly and Danusha Laméris Read From A Constellation of Kisses

The Hive Poetry Collective

Danusha Lameris and Dion O'Reilly read their poems from the anthology A Constellation of Kisses. They also talk craft and the backstories behind the poems. The book is available here:  https://www.amazon.com/Constellation-Kisses-Diane-Lockward/dp/1947896172 


25 Sep 2019