Join us at SPLAB, Wednesday, September 21st at 7:30 for a reading of one visiting poet (New Orleans) and one recently transplanted poet who has become very active in the local literary scene.

David Rowe

Verna Press, in New Orleans is touring the West Coast with the poet David Rowe to promote his collection, ‘Unsolicited Poems,’ and to gather submissions for an upcoming edition of ‘Dorado,’ a letterpress lit magazine that Verna Press produces.

At 33, Alex Bleecker may well be the youngest retired New York City public school poetry teacher vested in the pension fund.

Alex O Bleecker

He spent most of 2010 in Dharamsala, India writing thinly veiled pro-Tibetan independence propaganda for The Tibet Post International (an online newspaper-in-exile), and being the falangster of love in southeast Asia. His first poetry chapbook Found in a Cord was published by Poets Wear Prada Press in 2006, and he is a regular contributor to Uphook Press anthologies. He is one of three facilitators of the Breadline reading series on Capitol Hill and is a SPLAB Living Room facilitator.

A native of Worcester, Mass., David Rowe was educated at Swarthmore. His poems have appeared in the Cortland Review, the North American Review, Big Bridge, Dorado, Solid Quarter, Exquisite Corpse, YAWP, & in the anthology, the Maple Leaf Rag. A poet equally of the stage & the page, David has read his poetry on the Moe Green Poetry Show & WWOZ, & at countless venues both in the States & abroad.

Locally, David has been for many years a stalwart presence at the Maple Leaf & Goldmine readings, helped represent New Orleans when Wave Books’ Poetry Bus Tour (2006) & S.A. Griffin’s Poetry Bomb Tour (2010) hit town, served as poet-in-residence at Peter Anderson’s Beauty Shop, & currently teaches poetry writing at the Covenant House, a shelter for homeless youths. His full-length collection, Unsolicited Poems, is available at

Suggested donation for the evening is $5 to help SPLAB continue its work and give the touring poet a little cash for gas.

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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