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

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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