KSPC’s Poetry Program provides a space for people to come into the station and read their original poems live on the air! If you are a poet, or even if you are just a regular person with things to say in a poetry way, then this is a great opportunity for you. Send us your stuff! Below are participating poets and some of their poetry. Tune in to hear more poetry on air! Here are some of our poets of Fall 2016:

Delores Combs
Delores Abdella Combs believes that everyone has a story to tell, if only people will listen. She has made it her mission to tell these stories through her poetry. Delores has been the featured poet at a number of Los Angeles and Inland Empire area coffee houses and book stores. She has self-published a CD of her work entitled, “Soft Words,” and her work has been featured on KPFK radio. Delores’ poetry has been the central theme for an art installation and presentation – “The Diversity In/Of Art” at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona. From 2000 until 2009, Delores was the founder and principle workshop leader of Forgotten Souls Redeemed, a nonprofit that used poetry as a form of replacement therapy with groups of incarcerated juvenile sex offenders. Delores has a MSW from the University of Southern California and a BA in Creative Non Fiction from Pitzer College.
Gregory P. Rodriguez
Gregory P. Rodriguez is a local poet and fine artist. He has the ability to either use the vernacular or color theory to describe his inner thoughts about the universe, dimensions and frequencies that fascinate him.
A few of his inspirations are Allen Ginsberg, Pablo Picasso, Richard Matheson, Leonardo Da Vinci, Jacques-Louis David, Charles Bukowski, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, James Clerk Maxwell.
Kenneth Stephens
Born and raised in India, Kenneth Stephens came to the United States to go to seminary. After acquiring his theological degree, he went on to do his PhD in philosophy. He put both his fields of study to work by becoming a pastor and a professor of philosophy. He likes to think of himself as a philosophical pastor. Now retired in Claremont, he is currently writing a poetic novel whose working title is, Once an Old Soul Lived in Contemplation. It is from this ruminative novel that he reads to us at KSPC.
Natalie Morales
Natalie Morales’s poems, often touching on love, lust, and loss, have appeared in magazines, zines, and anthologies such as Cornell University’s Rainy Day Literary Magazine, Chiron Review, and Pomona Valley Review, in addition to many others.
Kelsey Rose Trott
Kelsey is a young and prolific poet from the L.A. area.
Sean Gunther
Sean Gunther is a writer, and a student. His blog can be found here -www.abstractiondistraction.com
Sidney Butler
Sidney is a very experienced slam poet, attending her first year at Pomona College. She is originally from the Baltimore area.

Rules and such:

Anyone is eligible to submit their poems!

Poems must be self-written. They can be in any style, but they should be FCC clean meaning no cuss words, and no inappropriate imagery. Think G to PG-rated.

Multiple poems can be read in one performance!

Interested? Send an electronic copy of your poem or poems, preferably as an attachment, to poetry [at] kspc.org along with your name, number, and email address. Or, send a physical copy of your poems to KSPC’s mailing address:

340 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Attn: Poetry

Want to submit a poem, but don’t want to read it live on the air? That’s cool too! There are other things that can be done. Just ask!

Finally, if you are selected, then someone from KSPC will contact you and fill you in on everything else that you need to know.

If you have any other questions, comments, or tidbits then contact poetry [at] kspc.org.

Happy writing!

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