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February 29, 2024 55 mins

On the 2/28/24 edition of Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour:

Karin Uphoff is the first guest of the hour. She reflects on prompt collecting and the robust open mic line-up at the 2024 San Francisco Writers Conference. Uphoff  reads a poem about living on the North Coast. 

Lalit Kumar is the next quest, and he explains the chronicling of his travels and adventures in California that constitute his book, Yosemite of My Heart, Poems of Adventure in California. Kumar shares that his dual-concentration in both creative writing and the tech world have provided balance in his life, as well as a greater dedication to carving out time to explore the outdoors. In conjunction with his beliefs surrounding the natural world, he shares a poem about nature, and mentions the inspiration he gathers from poets such as Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Dana Gioia . 

Teresa Pham-Carsillo closes out the episode by unfolding her selection process when it comes to pairing poems with scenes from the Muppets. She then reads a recently published poem, and reflects on her submission process when it comes to publishing poetry.

Karin Uphoff is author of Botanical Body Care; Herbs and Natural Healing for your Whole Body (2007). She has published poems in Noyo River Review, Writers of the Mendocino Coast anthologies Hooked and Erosion, California Writers Club Literary Review and Lake County Bloom. Connect with Karin via

Lalit Kumar writes a regular column in 'India Currents magazine' sharing his passion for adventure and travel. His latest book, ‘Yosemite of My Heart, Poems of Adventure in California’ was recently released at San Francisco Writers Conference mid-Feb 2024. The book is available in most online platforms and local Bay area bookstores. His first book 'Years Spent: Exploring Poetry in Adventure, Life and Love' was among top three Selects in the Poetry genre featured in ‘Indie Spotlight’ by Publishers Weekly, July 2022. His poems have also been published in various anthologies including Everything Intensely, San Francisco Writers Conference 2022 and Poetry of Diaspora in Silicon Valley. He lives in San Francisco Bay Area, California working in the Technology sector. 

Teresa Pham-Carsillo is a Vietnamese American writer based in Napa, California. Her poetry, short fiction, and essays have been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, The Southern Review, and Black Warrior Review. 

The Poetry Night Reading Series is excited to feature poets Maceo Montoya and León Salvatierra at 7 PM on Thursday, March 7th, 2024, on the first floor of the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street in Davis.

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