Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano featuring Johanna Ely
Johanna Ely reads from her new book of poems “Postcards from a Dream” on the Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano series in a wide ranging interview about her poetry. In this time of sheltering in place during the coronavirus Covid19 pandemic, the interview, using Zoom technology, brings Nina and Johanna together in the magic of friendship and poetry.
Johanna Ely’s poetry is filled with sensuality and hope, making her new book, Postcards From a Dream, a delight to read. The interview eases our disappointment about postponing a real live book party due to the pandemic’s “shelter in Place” and “social distancing” policy. We had planned the actual book party over coffee months earlier, savoring the details of the reading, decor, and menu, at the Benicia Public Library.
But adjusting to the environmental crisis, we choose to celebrate by recording in our individual homes with Zoom. I knew that as usual, I could take the sound track and edit it for my radio series: OPEN BOOK on KPFA (94.1 fm, Berkeley, CA) and Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano on Artbeat with Laura Mullett on OZCAT RADIO (89.5 fm, Vallejo, CA).
We incorporated the artwork of Johanna’s artist husband, Sam Morse whose work serves as the beautiful book cover and also visually documents one of her vivid poems.