Rain on Your Living Room Tuesday April 5

“No, Alex, it’s not a myth. It rains a lot in Seattle.” Words I’d heard from various sources before moving out here less than a year ago. Little could I imagine the all-pervasiveness – the wet presence that affects Seattlites in one way or another for three-quarters of the year, either on a personal level or by creeping into the city’s collective (un)conscious(ness). Then to have it creep into your poetry! How does the rain affect you? Does it energize you? Get you down? Do you appreciate the year-round greenery? Are you lying to yourself? We’ll talk about how regional weather either appears in or at least influences our writing, and see if we can’t look at the rain through some new, creative lenses. It’s here, damn it, let’s deal with it. Bring rain-inspired poetry – yours or by others – to share with the group. Alex Bleecker facilitates.

Your Living Room donation of $5 helps SPLAB put on special events and continue programming AND gets you an entry in our monthly raffle. Please bring 8 copies of the work you plan to read. If you do not bring copies, they are available for 10c.

Living Room happens at SPLAB in the Cultural Corner of the old Columbia School, between Rainier AV S and 36th AV S, on Edmunds. We’re 2 blocks from the Columbia City Link Light Rail Station. Free parking is available on the school grounds.

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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