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 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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