Organizing Meeting for the Cascadia Poetry Festival Sat 11.19.11 1P

Cascadia

The Cascadia Poetry Festival (March 23-25, 2012, at SPLAB) seeks to examine the culture of this region by gathering poets from the California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, the Alaska panhandle and Western Montana at SPLAB, in the most diverse zip code in the U.S., to learn, share ideas and techniques, begin to discover the qualities of this bioregion and the possibilities for deeper connection between the inhabitants from all parts of the region. An organizing meeting is scheduled for 1PM Saturday, November 19, 2011, at SPLAB, 3651 S Edmunds in the Cultural Corner of the former Columbia School.

Renowned poets as well as emerging ones form the region will present talks on Cascadian culture and illustrate how that is presented in the best poetry of the region. Workshops will allow participants to hone their skills in the manner of the best poetry of the region and be inspired by others. Readings by faculty and other invited poets, as well as an open mic will allow for a continuation of the dialog. Details and participants, including Sam Hamill, Judith Roche, Tim McNulty, Dan Raphael, Carolyne Wright, Kim Goldberg, Trevor Carolan, Maleea Acker and others, is here: www.splab.org/cascadia.

Sponsors include the Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center and the Pacific Rim Review of Books.

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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3 Responses to Organizing Meeting for the Cascadia Poetry Festival Sat 11.19.11 1P

  1. I’d love to be there for the organizing meeting, but I’ll be in san Francisco this coming weekend. i’d like to participate either by offering a session or a reading–my book, PEculiar Honors, is just out with Black Heron Press. Judith Roche is also a Black Heron poet–maybe we can offer a session together.

    ALl the best– Sharon

  2. Splabman says:

    Sharon, Thanks for responding. Good to see your name here.
    I have booked a great deal of the fest, but will surely put your name forward. I appreciate your interest. Surely there’s a place for you in this.

    Do you have any students who might be interested in internships? That would help a great deal. We need organizers as Meredith and I are expecting in early March.

    Tell Jim I said hello.

    Abrazos,

    Paul

  3. John Dooley says:

    Hello! Yes, I understand that you’re nearly booked, but I’m responding in the hope that you’ll have performance space for Hydropods, a “spoken words with music played” Portland duo.
    We’ve been performing spoken word in the Pacific Northwest since 1994.

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