Judith Roche @ Doe Bay Sunday Nov 21

Judith Roche

Judith Roche

4. November 21 – Judith Roche – 7P Reading in the Doe Bay Cafe, Orcas Island, plus Open Mic. Emcee Maryna Ajaja.

Nov 21 Workshop: The Poetics of Place: A River Runs Through Us

1-4P. Suggested Donation for workshop.

Judith Roche is the author of three poetry collections, most recently, Wisdom of the Body, an American Book Award winner, has published widely in various journals and magazines, and has poems installed on several Seattle area public art projects. She has written extensively about our Northwest native salmon and edited First Fish, First People, Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim (also and American Book Award winner). As Literary Arts Director for One Reel she produced the Bumbershoot Bookfair and Literary Program for over twenty years. She was Distinguished Northwest Writer-in-Residence at Seattle University in 2007, taught at Cornish College of the Arts in 2009 and currently teaches at Hugo House Literary Center.

Humanities WA

Humanities WA


Judith Roche Workshop – The Poetics of Place: A River Runs Through Us

“Wendell Berry says, “If you don’t know where you are you don’t know who you are.” Not sure how entirely true this is in an existential way, but it has some truth to it. We are rooted in place– and in displacement– even if we are just passing through. But how to get to the life of a place, beyond the static and expected observations? Through readings- Snyder, Berry, Oliver, others­– and targeted exercises– we’ll approach writing about home, land, identity and­­­­ place, whether landscape of our minds, a remembered one, or a very physical and present one. This program is being presented as part of Humanities Washington’s Inquiring Mind series.


For people who want to attend any event, Doe Bay is offering a special discount: Anybody that books a stay at Doe Bay and lets them know that they are coming because of the SPLAB series will qualify for a 25% discount off of their stay. Additionally, if you pay for a 2-night stay at regular price, you can add on Sunday and Monday for FREE if you want to attend the SPLAB event (or Movie Night on Mondays, also hosted in the amazing Doe Bay Café). So just come on Sunday and get a 25% discount, or pay to stay for the weekend and add on Sunday (and Monday too!) for FREE!

About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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