Poetry Windows, produced by Karen Berge
In the mid-to-late 1970's Karen Berge, a student at the time, worked as a Production Assistant at KRAB, doing numerous remote recordings and producing a series of programs from them. "Poetry Windows" was produced from a series of recordings of readings by regional and visiting poets, and other writers, appearing at literary venues such as The Book Project, Otto's Coffeehouse, Classic Coffeehouse, Cause Celebre Café, Different Drummer Bookstore, Bumbershoot, the Women's Cultural Center, University of Washington, and the KRAB studios. The program originally titled "Poetry Showcase" aired from Spring 1977 to Fall of 1979, when it was incorporated into the "Morning Reading". Starting in Apr of 1979 Della Hennessee assisted with preparing some programs for broadcast.
Karen has shared these recordings from her private collection. The descriptions below, in italic bold, are from KRAB program guides. Arranged by KRAB airdate in chronological order.
Sean Bentley, Patricia Ver Ellen at Otto's Coffeehouse May 10; and Jim Heynen at the Book Project May 20 - KRAB Jun 7, 1977
The description in the guide wasn't quite right, so the following is from the tape label: Readings by three Northwest poets. Sean Bentley and Patricia Ver Ellen recorded May 10 at Otto's Coffeehouse. Reading by Jim Heynen author of "Notes for Custer", recorded May 20 at the Book Project.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0039
Diane Wakoski at the University of Washington - Rec May 5, 1977; KRAB Jun 14, 1977
Another reading by poet Diane Wakoski - recorded May 5 at the University of Washington.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0040
Six Poets in Three Days: Prydz, Olson, Frontside, Satya, Consuelo, and Burks - Rec Feb 8, Mar 18, and May 10, 1977; KRAB Jun 21, 1977
Three northwest poets: Fred Prydz, Fanny Frontside, and John Olson, reading from their own works. This is part 2 of the reading given May 10th of this year at Otto Borsodi's coffeehouse. Followed by Satya and Sylvia Consuelo recorded Feb 8, 1977, also at Otto's. Last is Charlie Burks reading Mar 18th at The Book Project.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0041
Colleen McEroy at the Women's Cultural Center - Rec Jun 3, 1977; KRAB Jul 5, 1977
Today the featured writer is Colleen McElroy. June 3rd, she read from some of her work at a reading held at the Women's Cultural Center of the University YWCA. Recorded and Produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0042
A Reading at Otto Borsodi's Coffeehouse - Rec Jun 14, 1977; KRAB Jul 19, 1977
Recorded June 14 at Otto's Coffeehouse, today's program features a showcase of six Northwest poets: Otto Borsodi, Christina Em, Hank Curley, Bard Dahl, Al Norman, and Jimm Richards. Produced by Karen Berge.
There are several tapes in Karen Berge's Poettry Windows collection made at Otto's Coffeehouse at 5509 University Way NE. This one opens with an excerpt of Michael Gagnon playing harpsichord while people are gathering for the start of the reading. Otto's Coffeehouse did not last too long, only a year, but it is worth sharing a bit about it and Robert Otto Borsodi. Acccording to the Seattle Sun, Aug 17, 1977, (attached) this was Otto's ninth or tenth coffeehouse since 1960 between New Haven, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Seattle's (Otto's - A Poetry Showcase) opened Halloween 1976 and closed Oct 1977, with the last reading on Oct 11. See also the Seattle Times article Feb 25, 1978 about the successor to Otto's.
Otto went to New Orleans after leaving Seattle, where he settled down and lived for the next twenty five years. See the memorial at the Chicken Bones Journal: Remembering Borsodi by Rudolph Lewis.
Click on the tape label at right to find out who the KRAB Beepers were.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0043
Dick Bakken at The Book Project - Rec Jun 26, 1977; KRAB Aug 2, 1977
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0045
Steven Jesse Bernstein reading at The Book Project - Rec May 8, 1977; KRAB Aug 23, 1977
Poetry Windows, featuring Steven Jesse Bernstein, who read May 8, '77, at The Book Project. Selections from The Eye of the Vulture. "Mr. Bernstein's work reads like an obscene auto repair manual...a promotional gag for a bedpan company." "He's definitely deranged...a literary monstrosity." "A great shipwreck of a writer." "...sunken treasure." "This bottomless reading cannot be topped!!!" Recorded and produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0048
Keith Abbott - KRAB Sep 13, 1977
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0049
Jody Aliesan at the Women's Cultural Center - Rec Aug 5, 1977; KRAB Oct 4, 1977
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0054
NEW AUG 2017: Diane Wakoski and Ishmael Read at Bumbershoot - Rec Sep 5, 1977; KRAB Oct 18, 1977
Readings by Diane Wakoski and Ishmael Reed, recorded at the 1977 Bumbershoot festival on Sept 5. Wakoski is the author of, among other books, The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems, Smudging, and Dancing on the Grave of a Son of a Bitch. Reed was the recipient of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, is the author of Yellow Back Radio Broke Down, Mumbo Jumbo, and other books, and is the editor of Yardbird. Produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0055
Jim Heynan and Colleen McElroy at Bumbershoot - Rec Sep 3, 1977; KRAB Nov 15, 1977
Jim Heynen reads from his forthcoming book, "The Boys" and Colleen McElroy, author of "Letters from Home", reads some of her newer poetry as the readings from Bumbershoot '77 conclude this week. Recorded and produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0056
Carol Orlock reading at The Book Project - Rec Sep 11, 1977; KRAB Dec 6, 1977
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0060
Charlie Burks at A Different Drummer Book Store - Rec Oct 2, 1977; KRAB Dec 13, 1977
Charlie Burks performs a ONE MAN SHOE! He is a Seattle poet, author of the play "Marvin, the Nephew of God", and coordinates Western Edge, a writers publication put out by Arts Resource Services. This feat was afoot on Oct 2nd at the Different Drummer bookstore and recorded by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0061
Poetry by Raul Salinas at the conference of the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines - Rec Nov, 12, 1977; KRAB Jan 24, 1978
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0067
Mary Ellen Addington, Elizabeth Monk, Mary Hansen, Dorothy Shellorne, and Kalinda Ericksen - Rec May 5, 1978; KRAB Jun 6, 1978
Readings by Mary Ellen Addington, Elizabeth Monk, Mary Hansen, Dorothy Shellorne, and Kalinda Ericksen. Recorded May 5 at the Women's Cultural Center. Produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0084 (cassette)
Paul Hansen and Robert Sund at Skagit Voices (Excerpts) - KRAB Aug 8, 1978
Readings by Robert Sund and Paul Hansen, recorded at the Skagit Voices reading series by Bob Rose, the series organizer. Produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge and Bob Rose, KB0087
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