Flavia Rocha, Brazil Native, Tonight at 7P

Living Room tonight at 7P, where writers read new work, lovers of writing read the work of someone else or come just to be in the engaging company of other writers and readers. (You’re a dwindling minority!)

4816 Rainier AV S, right next to Subway, across the street from Bank of America, in the 2nd floor lounge of the Columbia City Cinema. The smell of really good popcorn greets you & look for the SPLAB sign.

You may want to bring copies of a recent poem of yours to read for gentle critique. We’re averaging 6 folks a night, but sometimes more show up, so bring 8. We meet every Tuesday until the end of May.

Our guest tonight?

Flávia Rocha was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1974. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Fundação Casper Libero and a M.F.A in Writing from Columbia University. She has worked as a reporter and contributor for various magazines in Brazil, including Casa Vogue and Bravo! She is currently the editor-in-chief of the poetry journal Rattapallax (www.rattapallax.com). Author of the bilingual poetry book “A Casa Azul ao Meio-dia/ The Blue House Around Noon” (Travessa dos Editores, Brazil, 2005), has just finished a second collection, “Quartos Habitáveis”.

She has edited anthologies of Brazilian contemporary poetry for magazines Rattapallax (U.S.), Poetry Wales (U.K.) and Papertiger (Australia) and her poems and translations have appeared in various magazines, in print and online. In the area of film, founded with her husband, Steven Richter, the Academia Internacional de Cinema (www.aicinema.com.br), a film school located in Sao Paulo, for which she developed a Creative Writing Program and directed the Communications Department. They moved to Portland last fall, where they are starting to work on new film and literature projects, while enjoying Northwest life with their two lovely daughters.

See you in the living room Tonight 7-9P.

About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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