From Tashi Ko (Midnight Tea in Bangkok)

Tashi Ko sent me this appeal. SHE is the global dynamo who deserves support for her latest project and modest request:

Hi Paul,

I could use a little bit of luck right now in the form of a windfall and wanted to virtually squeeze your hand for some of that magical goodness that makes you the dynamo you are!

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Go Tashi Ko

I’ve been invited to host a Miko Kuro’s Midnight Tea in Bangkok, Thailand at La Lanta Fine Art Gallery next month. Anastacia Tolbert will be the Featured Artist at this 3-hr Self-Care Ritual for Women. At the beginning of 2014, Anastacia helped me to host a 6-hr Self-Care Ritual for Women of Color at CORE Gallery in downtown Seattle.

The event was phenomenal and we both knew we had to continue the work we started.

On October 11th, Anastacia and I will work with Bangkok artists across disciplines to create an alternate universe wherein the women present become Living Treasures worthy of our ultimate care and attention. I chose Bangkok as the location for this event for obvious reasons– due to sex tourism, trafficking, and high rates of prostitution, women in great numbers there are being systematically exploited (often from childhood). This is an attempt to make even a small positive difference.

If you can help by spreading the word about the project and/or by making a donation, you will be gratefully acknowledged on the website here. Every dollar brings us closer to our goal of $3000 for two tickets to Bangkok, but your support is invaluable!

For more information on the project and to make a donation, please visit:

In creativity,
Natasha Marin
(aka Tashi Ko & Miko Kuro)

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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