Michael McClure in Victoria, Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, February 8 at 6:00pm – February 9 at 11:00pm

Location Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria BC

753 View Street
Victoria, BC

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The Abstract Alchemist of Flesh, Films, February 8th at Merlin’s Sun
Reading February 9th at Hermann’s Jazz Club

Ekstasis Editions is delighted to announce the forthcoming visit of “beat poet” and award-winning playwright, Michael McClure. Mr. McClure will do a reading from his newest publication Indigo and Saffron: Selected and New Poems (University of California Press) and from the recent book of poems Mysteriosos (New Directio…ns) at 7:30 pm on Wed. February 9 at Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street, Victoria, BC.

At the age of 22, Michael McClure gave his first poetry reading at the legendary Six Gallery event in San Francisco, where Allen Ginsberg first read Howl. One of the last remaining Beat poets, Michael McClure was closely associated with both Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and appears as the character Pat McLear in Kerouac’s novel Big Sur. McClure also served as a poetry mentor to both Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison of ‘The Doors’ introducing these artists to the work of Rimbaud and Blake. He is featured in Scorcese’s film The Last Waltz. McClure’s songs include Janis Joplin’s beloved Mercedes Benz.

He’s also set for an 8pm Feb 11th reading at SFU Harbour Centre… (in Vancouver). He’ll screen the film Abstract Alchemist of Flesh Made Real at SFU Burnaby Mountain 2:00p the same day in Library…

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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