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

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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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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