5TH CASCADIA POETRY FESTIVAL TO BE HELD OCTOBER 12-15 IN TACOMA

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5TH CASCADIA POETRY FESTIVAL TO BE HELD OCTOBER 12-15 IN TACOMA

Public Readings, Workshops, Beat legend Michael McClure & tribute to Richard Brautigan

Seattle, WA, June 21, 2017—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 October 12-15 2017, the 5th festival will take place in Tacoma, WA, at the Washington State History Museum and other venues. (This year marks the first year of a merger of the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the Tacoma Poetry Festival, the latter which was staged twice in Tacoma.)

Michael McClure, CAConrad, Ianthe Brautigan, Patricia Smith, Bruce Weigl, Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Sharon Thesen and Lorna Dee Cervantes are among the confirmed performers/participants. The festival will honor the memory of Richard Brautigan with a tribute on Saturday October 14, and a plaque dedication on Sunday October 15. There will also be a Tribute to Grunge, Friday, October 13, at 10pm, at the Harmon Barrel Room hosted by Hamish Todd. Full schedule at: www.cascadiapoetryfestival.org/2017-schedule/.

A $25.00 Gold Pass provides access to all festival events EXCEPT for workshops, which must be booked separately. (Although there are discounts on some workshops, and some are even free if you buy your gold pass early!) Due to overwhelming demand, workshops will ONLY be open to Gold Pass holders. Tickets can be purchased beginning July 12, 2017 via Brown Paper Tickets: http://cpf5.bpt.me

As in prior incarnations of the festival, Living Room, a free, democratic reading for poets to read their original work in a circle format with other poets, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3-5pm.

Saturday’s highlights include a War Poetry/Veterans Panel, Richard Brautigan Life & Legacy Panel. Sunday there are five workshops offered: Patricia Smith: Writing on the Other Side of the Wall, Tod Marshall: Finding Cascadia in Poetry, Laura Krughoff/Renee Simms: Tacoma Writers Resist, CAConrad: Karma Harvest A (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop, and Ianthe Brautigan: Memoir Workshop.

Each night of the festival features main stage readings by distinguished participants, and Michael McClure closes out the festival at 6pm Sunday. An award-winning American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist, he was one of the five poets who participated in the Six Gallery reading that featured the public debut of Allen Ginsberg’s landmark poem “Howl.” A key figure of the Beat Generation, McClure is immortalized as Pat McLear in Jack Kerouac’s novels The Dharma Bums and Big Sur.

The Cascadia Poetry Festival was founded by SPLAB, a Seattle-based non-profit organization founded in 1993. www.splab.org

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For more information, contact Paul Nelson at 206-422-5002 or splabman@gmail.com.

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Cascadia in Tacoma

The 5th Cascadia Poetry Festival happens in Tacoma, Oct 12-15, 2017. Among the Main Stage poets are Michael McClure (5 days before his 85th birthday), CA Conrad, Patricia Smith, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Bruce Weigl, Philip Red Eagle, WA Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Ianthe Brautigan. There will be a tribute to Tacoma native Richard Brautigan, including a panel on his legacy. A panel hosted by UW Tacoma’s Abby Murray will focus on War Poetry and Veterans and feature Gary Lilley among others.

See the schedule here.

Patricia Smith Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

A Gold Pass is $25 and gets you into all events except some workshops. Some workshops are free to Gold Pass holders.

This fest comes quickly after a successful CPF in Cumberland, B.C., and the effort to connect US and Canadian poets (Southern and Northern Cascadians) is the reason at least five Canadian poets will be reading at the Tacoma Fest, including Sharon Thesen, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Stephen Collis, Danika Dinsmore and Lucia Misch.

There is late night and youth programming, an open reading, Living Room and a Small Press Fair. There is still some space for small presses.

Come be a part of this work and connect to this place more deeply. In the wake of a summer of devastating forest fires and hurricanes, we need to figure out a Plan B for the biosphere and the best poets are organizing and acting on this and other crucial issues of our day. Be part of the conversation. Huge thanks to Dale King and the Tacoma Poetry Festival for being a part of this work, to the SPLAB Board, the Puget Sound Poetry Connection and other folks helping to make this event happen.

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CPF5 Tacoma Workshops Oct 2017

Some workshop slots are available to Gold Pass holders for the 5th Cascadia Poetry Festival in

Patricia Smith

Tacoma, October 12-15, 2017. See the schedule here, including poets Michael McClure, Patricia Smith, Ianthe Brautigan, Bruce Weigl, Tod Marshall, Sharon Thesen, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Philip Red Eagle, Abby Murray and others.

Saturday, 12:30pm-2:30pm Workshop 1 – Patricia Smith: Writing on the Other Side of the Wall. DETAILS.

Sunday:

Tod Marshall Photo by Amy Sinisterra

9am-11am Workshop 2 – Tod Marshall: Finding Cascadia in Poetry. DETAILS

11:15am – 1:15pm Workshop 3 – Tacoma Writers Resist. DETAILS

11:15am – 1:15pm Workshop 4 – CAConrad: KARMA HARVEST: A (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop. DETAILS

11:15am – 1:15pm Workshop 5 – Ianthe Brautigan Memoir Workshop. DETAILS.

Register for the fest with a Gold Pass here and then pick a workshop or two from these master poets.

Ianthe Brautigan Swensen

CAConrad

Laura Krughoff

Renee Simms

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Give Big

Hello, SPLAB-Fan!

You’ve no doubt been hearing a lot about GiveBIG from local non-profit organizations who look for a little boost during this annual fundraising event.  Through Dollars for Change, Seattle Foundation will randomly select donors through the day to have their contributions boosted by $2500 from a pool of more than $350,000. This means that the more individual contributions given, regardless of size, the more chance there is for us to receive this significant boost to our fundraising.

GiveBIG is this Wednesday, May 10, but checkout the nifty SPLAB page!

Yes, since 2012, we’ve produced 3 iterations of the Cascadia Poetry Festival and have helped another be staged in Nanaimo, BC! We are planning CPF5 in Tacoma October 12-15, in partnership with the Tacoma Poetry Festival. We have (with Leaf Press of Lantzville, BC)  helped create the first bioregional poetry anthology in Cascadia.
In the last 6 years we’ve conducted and placed on line for free, interviews with Brenda Hillman, Nate Mackey, Daphne Marlatt, Cheryl Seidner of the Wiyot Tribe, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Susan Schultz, Cedar Sigo, Frances McCue, George Bowering, Andrew Schelling, Willie Smith, Jaap Blonk, George Stanley, Sam Hamill with Ian Boyden, Pageboy Magazine (Sierra Nelson and Thomas Walton), David McCloskey, Graham Isaac, Jewell James, Peter Culley, Juliana Spahr, Marilyn Stablein, Judith Roche, Colleen McElroy, Amalio Madueño, Joanne Kyger, Jerry Martien, Lorraine Arden, Barry McKinnon, Eric Tingstad, Sara DeLeeuw, Ed Varney, John Olson, Pablo Baler, Jean Heuving, Stephen Collis, Evan Flory-Barnes and others! www.AmericanProphets.org
We are helping to expand the EasySpeak open mic series back to the Rainier Valley, create One Day Cascadia Poetry Festivals around the bioregion, including Cumberland, BC, Sept 8-10, 2017 and other projects as well. No single organization has worked to create awareness of the culture of Cascadia and we’re just getting started. No single organization has done more to connect the poets of BC, WA, OR and all of Cascadia.
Do consider a contribution and thank you for your interest in SPLAB.

Paul Nelson

Founding Director
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