More on “Place” in the Living Room 10.11.11 7P

Frank O'Hara

Oklahoma

When someone tells you where they’re from, are they quick to qualify their statement? When you know a poet hails from a certain locale, how does that effect your perception of them? If Frank O’ Hara had been from Oklahoma, would you read him the same way? This Tuesday, we’ll approach the subject of place and identity with both readings and specific exercises, both about what place tells us about ourselves and what it can conceal. Graham Isaac facilitates.

Bring a piece of work you’d like to read for our critique session (place-based or not). Writers of all ages and skill levels gather Tuesdays at 7P to read new work, the work of someone else or to just be in the engaging company of other writers. Your donation of $5 helps SPLAB pay rent. Bring 8 copies of work you plan to read.

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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