Mary Lou Sanelli Benefit for Columbia City Cinema

Seattle, WA – Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Columbia City Cinema hosts Seattle-based writer and performer Mary Lou Sanelli for an evening of storytelling and laughter. The Immigrant’s Table is Mary Lou Sanelli’s response to growing up first-generation American in an East Coast Italian household. She tells her story of the immigrant experience through poetry and family recipes, and in the process reclaims a heritage she once tried to escape. She brings her performance to Columbia City Cinema as a benefit event to help the community theater in a time of need.

Tickets: Suggested donation is $10, and directly supports Columbia City Cinema. Reservations and donations can be made through Brown Paper Tickets online, or by RSVPing to Paul Doyle at

The cinema hosts the weekly SPLAB Living Room, so it would be great if SPLAB fans could attend and help the cause of this important Columbia City institution.

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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