Living Room in Nanaimo

It is a tradition that I first encountered at the Taos Poetry Circus in New Mexico. The democratic component of that fest and of the Cascadia Poetry Festival is Living Room. Poets gather in a circle and read their own work and listen to each other. The event is free. Ntozake Shange was one of the many renowned poets I had a chance to hear in the intimate setting of the Living Room. I first heard Amalio Madueño‘s work in the courtyard of the café where Living Room was held the three years I attended. George Stanley attended the Living Room one of the days the fest happened in Seattle in May 2014. It occurs to me that Canadians are more likely to understand the egalitarian nature of the event, so who knows who we’ll see in the Living Room in Nanaimo during the 3rd Cascadia Poetry Fest. That it’s happening in the Nanaimo Museum is a bonus.  (poster)TheCascadiaLivingRoom

 

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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