Jim Jones, Living Room Guest Poet

Tonight at 7PM, we meet again in the SPLAB Living Room, 4816 Rainier AV S, in the 2nd floor lounge of the Columbia City Cinema. Hear guest Jim Jones talk about his poetry and maybe his Kerouac scholarship.

Read a poem for a gentle critique. Or, like Jonda, come just to listen and be in the engaging company of other writers, literature fans and people interested in the lost art of meaningful conversation.

You may want to bring copies of a recent poem of yours to read for gentle critique. We’re averaging 6 folks a night lately, but sometimes more show up, so bring 8.

Jim Jones, professor emeritus of English at Missouri State University, is the author of four books about the life and work of Jack Kerouac, as well as several chapbooks on other Beat-related subjects. A poet himself, in 1988 Jones founded Church of the Head Press, which publishes poetry chapbooks. Besides teaching in the Midwest, he also lived and worked in Ireland, England, Spain, and China. Since July 2006 he has lived in Queen Anne in Seattle. He is currently revising a series of poems inspired by Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

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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