North Cascades Institute Beat Weekend

The Beat Goes On:Lookout Poets and Backcountry Tales on Ross Lake

Gerry Cook; Saul Weisberg; Hannah Sullivan
August 26 – 29, 2010 (Thur eve – Sun) 1C / 21 clock hours
Learning Center/Ross Lake $255
Cost includes one night shared lodging and four meals at Learning Center, trailhead shuttle, backcountry campsite and boat transportation on Ross Lake

Venture up Ross Lake and immerse yourself in the literary history of the North Cascades while taking in the beauty of the region during its peak summer glory. Traveling by boat with three great storyteller-naturalists with decades of backcountry experience between them, we’ll read poetry and lookout journals, go swimming and hiking, practice yoga and meditation and tour the lake’s hidden canyons. The highlight of our adventure will be hiking to the top of Desolation Peak where Jack Kerouac, the reluctant “King of the Beats,” lived the life of a mercurial fire lookout–an experience he famously documented in his novels The Dharma Bums and Desolation Angels.

About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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