Is

From Anna Quinn:

What is IS?

A new arts and lit publication holding an inclusive, uncensored space for aspiring local poets, writers, translators, and artists. IS provides a diversity of writers and artists spanning widely in age, style, and content. Poems, translations, and pieces of short-prose are complimented by black and white paintings, collage, sculpture, and photographs. Initially started by a few young poets in the community of Port Townsend eager to see their own work in print, IS aimed for a humble, yet quality journal. Now with its first issue in print IS #1 features over 25 contributors from the arts public.

A launch party for this introductory issue of IS will take place 6:00 PM on August 17th at the Writers’ Workshoppe Bookstore in down-town Port Townsend. All poets, writers, and translators who are able to attend will be reading their work from the publication. This event is open to the public. All interested may and should join.

Submissions are now open for IS #2. Look for fliers and folders marked IS at local venues which include The Writers’ Workshoppe, Undertown, Better Living Through Coffee, The Boiler Room, PT Library and the Co-op. Next deadline for submission is September 26th. Poets, writers, or artists can submit up to 2 poems, 2 pages of prose, or two images of visual art. You can also e-mail any contributions to ispress7@gmail.com

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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