Levertov Plaque To Be Unveiled Dec 3

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MEMORIAL PLAQUE FOR DENISE LEVERTOV TO BE UNVEILED

Seattle, WA, November 25, 2016 — A plaque to honor the memory of internationally-renowned poet Denise Levertov will be unveiled in a ceremony at 10am, Saturday, December 3, 2016, at her former Seattle home, 5535 Seward Park Avenue S.

The memorial is being presented by SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) and the Rainier Valley Rotary, the two organizations who helped raise funds for the plaque. Longtime Levertov friend and University of Washington Professor Emeritus Colleen McElroy is scheduled to attend and address the gathered.

SPLAB Founder Paul Nelson said today, “Denise Levertov was one of the most gifted poets to ever call Seattle home. That there is no public acknowledgment of that is an oversight we felt needed correction. Thanks to the Rotary’s efforts and to the crowdfunding campaign that included some of her longtime friends and fans, this beautiful plaque will inform the generations to come that Levertov lived here, in Seward Park, where she wrote some of the best poems ever written about Mt. Rainier. We honor her life and achievement.”

Levertov lived at the home the last eight years of her life, until her death, December 20, 1997.  In her storied career, she published over thirty books of poems, essays and translations and her work clarifying the open form approach she called Organic Poetry was a huge influence on post-World War II North American poets. Her work and legacy was the subject of a tribute at the recent Cascadia Poetry Festival produced by SPLAB.

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For more information, contact Paul Nelson at 206-422-5002 or splabman@gmail.com

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Gregory Wolfe
Susan Parr
Kristine Iredale
Margo Stever
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Stanley Sabre
Seattle Review of Books
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Anne Erde
Trudy Mercer
Susan Eisenberg
Mark Pawlak
Tom D’Evelyn
Lynn Learned
Deborah Woodard
Greg Bem
Bill Yake
James Anderson
Ruth Lepson
Joel Sloman
Cindy Smith
Amy Murphy
Kevin Bowen
William O’Daly
Robin Birkbeck
Sam Hamill
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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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