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 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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