SPLAB-on-the-Road (Newcastle)

Samar Albuhassan joined your humble narrator for a SPLAB-on-the-Road workshop at the Newcastle Library in Renton, WA, Saturday April 4, 2015. While the group gathered was small, perhaps due to the holiday weekend, they were inspired and witnessed a poetry bout demonstration, with Samar and me alternating reading of other people’s poems and judged by a panel of three. Poems by Brenda Hillman, Claudia Rankine, Allen Ginsberg and Victor Hernandez Cruz vied for votes and a lively workshop featuring prompts by both Samar and YHN gave the gathered a good start to National Poetry Month.

My gratitude goes to Donna Day of the Newcastle Library and the KCLS, which has booked perhaps 70 different SPLAB-on-the-Road workshops over the years and has not, as of yet, deleted us from their database.

Samar Albulhassan and Paul Nelson (Your Humble Narrartor) at the Newcastle Library April 4, 2015

Samar Albulhassan and Paul Nelson (Your Humble Narrartor) at the Newcastle Library April 4, 2015

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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