Getting to Know Cascadian Poets

George with a goodwill greeting to USAmericans

George with a goodwill greeting to USAmericans

Part of the reason SPLAB started the Cascadia Poetry Festival was to build better connections between all poets of the bioregion, with an emphasis on innovators. Today begins a series of posts leading up to Cascadia II on some of the poets participating in the festival coming up May 1-4. Hear an interview with George Bowering here.

George Harry BoweringOCOBC (born December 1, 1935) is a prolific Canadian novelistpoethistorian, and biographer. He has served as Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate. He was born in PentictonBritish Columbia, and raised in the nearby town of Oliver, where his father was a high-school chemistry teacher. Bowering is author of more than 100 books.

Bowering is the best-known of a group of young poets including Frank DaveyFred WahJamie Reid, and David Dawson who studied together at the University of British Columbiain the 1950s. There they founded the journal TISH. Bowering lives in VancouverBritish Columbia and is Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University, where he worked for 30 years. Never having written as an adherent of organized religion, he has in the past wryly described himself as a Baptist agnostic. In 2002, Bowering was appointed the first everCanadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate. That same year, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2004.

When the Indian Hungryalist, also known as Hungry generation, poet Malay Roy Choudhury, was arrested at Kolkata, India, Bowering brought out a special issue of Imago for helping the Indian poet in his trial.

Bowering was one of the judges for the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize.

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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