Free Online Cascadia Poetry Course

mooc-coverOur second Massive Open Online Course begins tomorrow and runs four weeks through the Canvas portal. The course is being taught by Cascadia College teacher Jared Leising, in association with SPLAB, and is timed to coincide with the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival. Week three, which happens the same week of the fest, will focus on Denise Levertov.

The course is free and when it was taught for the first time, earlier this year, there were over 450 students around the world enrolled. Please consider joining us. From the course:

Course Description

This is an investigation of the bioregion known as Cascadia (Links to an external site.), using poetry as the main modality for our inquiry.

In doing so, we will focus on the poetic innovators of the region, like Sam Hamill, Gary Snyder, Denise Levertov, Daphne Marlatt, and Stephen Collis, as well as less established poets, to serve as the core of this course.

The course will be organized around four modules, which will include an Introduction to Cascadia Poetics, the Reed College Poets, the Cascadia Poetry Festival (which is happening November 3-6 in Seattle), and New Directions.


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CPF4 (Seattle 2016) Press Release


Schedule includes Public Readings, Workshops and a Tribute to Denise Levertov.

Seattle, WA, October 15, 2016— The Cascadia Poetry Festival is an international event which gathers writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself. On November 3-6, 2016, the 4th festival will take place at Spring Street Center in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, 1101 15th at the corner of 15th & Spring.

Daphne Marlatt, Brenda Hillman, Sam Hamill, Colleen McElroy, Marilyn Stablein, Judith Roche, Sarah DeLeeuw, JM Miller, Roger Fernandez, Tim McNulty, Erin Fristad, Jordan Abel and Peter Munro are among the confirmed performers. The festival will honor the memory of Denise Levertov and there will be a panel discussion on her work and legacy Saturday morning at 10:30. A ritual walk to her grave in the morning on Sunday, November 6.

A Gold Pass is $35.00 gets you into all festival events EXCEPT for workshops, and Slam, which must be booked separately. Tickets can be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets:

Daphne Marlatt leads a workshop Poetic habitat now on Friday, Nov 4 at 9am.
Marilyn Stablein facilitates a workshop Handmade Artist Books-Learn the Explosion Book & variations. No experience necessary. Also on Friday, Nov 4 at 9am. There will also be a Small Press Fair from 12N-5pm on Saturday, November 5.

There will be a Cascadia Invitational Poetry Slam as part of the fest, held at Black & Tan Hall in the Hillman City neighborhood, Friday and Saturday, November 5 & 6. 5608 Rainier Av S., just north of Orcas. 7:00pm.

The After Party, the late night reading mixing genres and allowing participants one poem each, expands to two nights, Friday and Saturday, and will be staged at Common Area Maintenance, 2125 2nd Avenue in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Admission by Gold Pass or $10. Matthew Trease and Greg Bem are curators and hosts.

The Cascadia Poetry Festival was founded by SPLAB, a Seattle-based non-profit organization founded in 1993 and the first iteration happened in 2012. Cascadia 2 happened at Seattle U and Spring Street Center in Seattle (2014) and Cascadia 3 was staged in Nanaimo, BC, in 2015.

For more information, contact Paul Nelson at 206-422-5002 or

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Tacoma Poetry Fest

Brian Turner
Brian Turner, Iraq-war veteran and author of the highly acclaimed Here Bullet is the headliner of the 2nd Tacoma Poetry Festival.

Registration is now open for the two-day Festival, happening at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building on Friday evening, October 21, and all day Saturday, October 22, 2016. See the lineup of featured poets, readings and workshops on The Tacoma Poetry Festival website and watch for updates on Facebook.

Tacoma Poetry Festival 2016

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Cascadia Regional Poetry Slam 2016

Competitions have been part of two different Cascadia Poetry Festivals. (2014 and 2015). This year we did not find volunteers willing to facilitate a slam, but we were blessed with interest from the Slam community to stage a Cascadia Regional Poetry Slam as a co-sponsored event. Ben Hunter’s yet-to-be-opened venue in Hillman City, Black & Tan, turned out to be a perfect place to hold such an event and it is happening in less than a month! From the organizers Ian Martinez:

The 2016 Cascadia Regional Poetry Slam brings together eight teams from the Northwest to compete in a two-day tournament of the region’s finest poets.  Each team, representing a slam venue in a different part of Cascadia, is aiming for a spot in next year’s National Poetry Slam in Denver, CO, which they can guarantee with a win.  Spoken word poetry exists to promote audience participation, give voice to the marginalized, and build community; over 30 of the country’s fiercest poets will compete for the pride of representing their community and speak their truth on the national stage.  Which city will capture the glory?

Friday: Prelims! Two slams of 4 teams each compete for a chance at finals. Top 2 teams from each move on.

Saturday: Finals! Top 4 teams compete to become Cascadia Poetry Slam champions!

Competing teams include Seattle Poetry Slam, Rain City Poetry Slam, Olympia People’s Mic, Vancouver Poetry Slam,Portland Poetry Slam, Spokane Poetry Slam, Boise Poetry Slam, and Slamlandia.

We’re delighted to welcome this event into the Rainier Valley. Black & Tan is at 5608 Rainier Av S.  7p-12M, November 4 & 5, 2016.
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