Charles Olson

USAmericans LOVE their dead poets. Especially those who they can’t or aren’t able to understand during the poet’s life. Charles Olson is another case in point. Living in poverty at the end of his life in 1970, Charles Olson was the subject of a major panel, reading and exhibition in Tucson, Arizona (of all places) in October of 2008. Charles Olson: Language as Physical Fact happened at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and was sponsored by CHAX Press. A few more details are available here: http://chax.org/eoagh/issuefive/olson.html

Curriculum of the Soul, a Charles Olson Centennial Conference, happens June 4 through 6, 2010, at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, where their Special Collections Library specializes in Beat and Black Mountain literature.

Of course, one of the best spots for Olson news is the OlsonNow blog: http://olsonnow.blogspot.com/

About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
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