Deborah B. Schmidt Poetry on Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano
I discovered Deborah B. Schmidt’s poetry from various zoom poetry readings that I participated in. Each time I was so excited to hear her read her poems. After several encounters, I knew I wanted to record her. Her reading flowed smoothly from one poem to the other. Her poems presented information and insights showing her exacting research about the subject matter and language itself. Her continuous spiritual quest cast its positive spell, reassuring me once again of the beauty of life.
Beyond listening to her poetry, I wanted to know her better. But the pandemic made in person meetings so difficult. We finally met in person at an awards ceremony for poet Jack Foley in April 2022, during a brief moment of false feeling that life was safe again. There was Deborah welcoming and registering people and even reading at the podium with Jack as they each read their own translations of a French poem.
I am proud and happy to present in this episode of Literary Dialogs her readings and comments, now recorded and edited for video and radio . The interview was premiered on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 on KPFA (94.1 fm) on the “Nina Serrano and Jack Foley show.” It will be replayed on Tuesday August 9, 2022 on “Cover to Cover” at 2:30pm on KPFA (94.1 fm). It will also be broadcast on Vallejo’s OZCAT radio (89.5 fm) on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 10:30am on Art Beat. Listen and enjoy! The video interview will always be available here on my website, ninaserrano.com.