3rd Cascadia Poetry Festival a Huge Success

Having over the keys to a poetry festival you’ve created can be a nerve-wracking experience, unless the people given the keys are BETTER DRIVERS! Huge thanks to the Nanaimo, BC, local organizing committee for making the 3rd Cascadia Poetry Festival a huge success in every way imaginable. Thank you:

David Fraser, Kim Clark, Mary Ann Moore, Ann Graham Walker, Kim Goldberg, Yvonne Blomer, Jay Ruzesky, Ursula Vaira, Brandon Letsinger, Naomi Beth Wakan, Leanne McIntosh, Shaleeta Harper, Philip Gordon.

Thanks also to VIU, the Painted Turtle Hostel in Nanaimo and all the sponsors. I’ve embeded festival videos on two main pages:

http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/meet-our-2015-poets &

http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/2015-nanaimo

A link to a story about the Festival’s Peter Culley tribute is here.

and the closing comments from David Fraser and I are here:

and will end this short note of appreciation with photo montages taken from images
Kim Goldberg created. It appears the fest will continue in Seattle, Fall 2016. If you want to help organize and be involved in the job of reconnecting North Cascadia with the South and determining where we live based on natural and cultural demarcations rather then political ones, get in touch. – Paul Nelson splabman (at) gmail (dot) com.

Kim g CPF3 montage 1

Kim g CPF3 montage 2

Kim g CPF3 montage 3

Kim g CPF3 montage 4

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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