Getting From Seattle to Nanaimo

The 3rd Cascadia Poetry Festival is coming up April 30-May 3 and the Nanaimo Local Organizing Committee has been working their asses off. I am convinced their work will pay off. You know you can read your own work at the daily Living Room session? Consider attending the fest and experiencing a part of Cascadia not everyone experiences. Gold passes for the entire weekend are a measly $25.

How to get there from Seattle you ask? Here is a pdf download of directions. Or:

From SeaTac Take Link Light Rail to the International District station. On 5th, the street right there, you can get a Bolt Bus to Vancouver. https://www.boltbus.com/

The bus route ends at: 1150 Station Street, Vancouver, BC. Take a cab to Dunsmuir St at Cambie St. The 996 or 999 bus also leaves every three minutes. One there take the West 257 Express to Horseshoe Bay and walk on a ferry to Nanaimo.

CPF Van BC Map

http://www.transitdb.ca/route/257/W/257_EXPRESS_-_HORSESHOE_BAY/

http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/mainland/hbna-current.php

You can also take a plane from Boeing Field to Nanaimo on Kenmore Air. http://www.kenmoreair.com/Nanaimo-BC

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Poems For Nuclear Peace

I got this note via email this past week and thought you might be interested:

Hello,Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

My name is Kate Mazzera and I work for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a nonprofit committed to a world free of nuclear weapons.

We are interested in promoting our “Barbara Mandingo Kelly Annual Peace Poetry Awards” in your magazine and/or website. The contest is currently taking entries, with a deadline of July 1, 2015. It is open to people of all ages worldwide.

Awards:

Adults – $1,000

Youth (13 to 18) – $200

Children (12 and under) – $200

Procedures:

1. Send 2 copies of up to 3 typed unpublished poems. Maximum of 30 lines per poem.

2. Include name, address, email, telephone number, and age (if youth or child) in upper right hand corner of one copy of each poem.

3. Title each poem.

4. Do not staple individual poems together.

5. Please keep copies of all entries as we will be unable to return them.

(Any entry that does not adhere to ALL of the contest rules will not be considered for a prize)

Fee: $15 for up to three poems for Adult entires. No fee for Youth or Children’s entries.

Judging: Judging done by a committee of poets selected by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Send Entries to: 

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Barbara Mandingo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards

PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1

Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794

Winners: 

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced by October 1, 2015 on the Foundation’s website. Winners will be notified by mail.

For more information, rules, and procedures visit: www.peacecontests.org

If you have any questions or have further details on how we should proceed, please email me at kmazzera@wagingpeace.org

Thank you,

Kate Mazzera

NAPF

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CPF3 in Nanaimo

Mary Ann Moore has sent this wonderful invite to her poetry friends:

Hello friends from afar (not that far):

Nanaimo is filled with poetry! It’s the skin of our city, poet Kim Goldberg says. We have a poet laureate, Naomi Beth Wakan; a poem gallery (at the downtown branch of the library); monthly readings with an open mike run by the WordStorm Society at the Vault Café and many other readings and book launches in Nanaimo and vicinity. Now, for the first time, outside the U.S., the Cascadia Poetry Festival will be held in Nanaimo from April 30 to May 3, 2015.

For several months now, I’ve been part of the planning committee gathering sponsors, inviting publishers to the small press fair, and publicizing the event.

I hope you’re able to make it to at least part of the festival. The all-access Gold Pass is just $25 for all four days(excluding workshops which are $60 each). The price for students is $10. Buy your passes here: www.cascadiapoetryfestival.org

If you’re needing accommodation in Nanaimo, there are several hotels and motels to choose from at varying rates. Our hotel sponsors are the Coast Bastion, Dorchester Best Western and the Howard Johnson. I’ll attach some information about them.

The goal of the festival is to gather writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster a deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself: Cascadia, a bioregion that stretches from California to Alaska including Vancouver Island. You can see a map on the Cascadia Poetry Festival website:http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/?page_id=1395

Cascadia is described as “a life-place or bioregion, with its own distinctive character and context. Water is the voice of this place.” David McCloskey, Professor Emeritus of Ecological Studies at Seattle University and considered “the Father of Cascadia” for his extensive mapping of the bioregion, will give the opening lecture at VIU on May 1st.

All these poets!

More than forty poets from across the Cascadia bioregion will meet in Nanaimo to examine and explore the relationship between poetics, landscape, history, culture and ecology. As Paul Nelson, founder of the festival and of SPLAB, a Seattle-based non-profit organization, said at our last planning meeting, Robert Bringhurst and Sam Hamill will be together for the first time in twenty years.

We expect there to be more historical moments throughout the four days of the festival as we welcome the featured poets  Brenda Hillman, Susan Musgrave, Barry McKinnon, Sharon Thesen, Joanne Arnott, Stephen Collis, Christine LeClerc, Rita Wong, Garry Gottfriedson, Janet Marie Rogers and many others.

I’ll be hosting the first Living Room on Thursday, April 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Nanaimo Museum. And I’ll be part of the 30 + poets reading at the After Party on Saturday, May 2 from 10 p.m. on at the Globe Bar & Grill at 25 Front Street in Nanaimo. One of the panels at VIU in Bldg 355, Room 203 is On the Margins. I’ll be hosting that panel on Sunday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It features Nadine Maestas, Joanne Arnott, Janet Marie Rogers, Susan Musgrave and Renee Sarojini Saklikar. Wow!

Schedule

You can find all of the events mentioned above on the Cascadia website here:

http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/schedule

Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning (May 1 – 3) will be filled with panel discussions at VIU in Bldg 355, Room 203. Evenings will include multi-poet poetry readings at the same location. A Small Press Fair will be running throughout in the lounge across from the lecture theatre.

As well, there will be daily opportunities for everyone (including students and members of the public) to read their own poetry to an audience at The Living Room – a democratic poetry reading circle we will hold downtown at the Nanaimo Museum daily, beginning April 30,  from 3 – 5  pm.

The Marmot Spoken-Word Bout will be held on Friday, May 1 at 10 p.m. at the Globe Bar and Grill at 25 Front Street. Cascadia poets will compete for the right to be crowned the Cascadia Marmot Champ. The other late evening event I mentioned above is the After Party on Saturday, May 2 where more than 30 poets from around Cascadia will read their poems.

And there are workshops! Anastacia Tolbert and Missy Peters are offering a Spoken Word, Writing and Staging workshop on Friday, May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. at VIU Bldg 355, Room 103. I’ve signed up for a workshop withBrenda Hillman, Barry McKinnon and George Stanley on Saturday, May 2 from 2:15 to 5:15 p.m. also in VIU Bldg 355, Room 103. I’m excited about that.

Have a look at the website and considering coming to Nanaimo for this international poetry event. I hope to see you here at the end of April!

Best wishes,
Mary Ann

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Breadline Anthology

BreadlineThree guys who met at SPLAB and started one of Seattle’s top poetry readings are putting together an anthology and need some funding. From Alex Bleecker:

Hello artists, friends, and family members of the illustrious line of bread!

We’ve been announcing plans for our anthology for a while now, and it’s finally time to put our money where our mouth is.  For the past 4 years you’ve been actively engaged in making Seattle a more interesting, artistic, weird place – and we’re eternally grateful for you efforts.  So grateful, in fact, that we’ve decided to ask you for money.

The anthology will be a high-quality 120+ page artifact that includes work from the poets, prose writers, and visual artists who have been blowing you away 3rd Wednesdays at Vermillion since 2011 – both featured artists and, of course, open mic’ers.  But we can’t do it without a lot of help!  Design, printing, and distribution all cost bread (get it?), so we’re inviting you to join us in the kitchen, get your hands floury, and help us come up with enough dough to bake it all possible (get it again?!?).

To show our appreciation, we’re offering a plethora of donor thank you gifts – from comp drinks to copies of the book, t-shirts to happy hour with the BL boys…and a special recognition of you rain manna from heaven down upon us.  

So please join us in funding this special project by clicking on our INDIEGOGO: BREADLINE LITERARY ANTHOLOGY campaign, and giving whatever feels right for you.  Let’s make some local history, y’all. 

- gb, ab, js

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