Becoming Cascadian Starts Thursday!

SPLAB’s first bioregional poetics retreat is this weekend. Becoming Cascadian is an intensification of the work done at the Cascadia Poetry Festivals we’ve staged over the years and Andrew Schelling, our keynote poet is set to arrive on Thursday. There are some slots available and we’ll need to have your paid registration by Friday morning to guarantee your involvement. (Paypal $80 to An email will go out to registered participants shortly. If you have NOT signed up, thanks to Humanities Washington, Red Wing Café, Poets & Writers and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, here are some ways you can get a sense of the dialog happening:

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7pm – free and open to the public, Zen Meditation at Seattle U Eco-Sangha, St. Ignatius Chapel, 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

Saturday, June 2, 2pm, The Practice of Outside, talk, interview and discussion, free and open to the public, at Red Wing Café, 9272 57th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118.

Sunday, June 3, 10am, Tour of Kubota Garden, led by docent Jason Wirth, free and open to the public, 9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118.

Sunday, 5pm, Reading free and open to the public with Schelling, Mark Gonnerman, Adelia MacWilliam, Paul Nelson and Jason Wirth, Open Books, 2414 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103.

My thanks to Andrew Schelling, Jason Wirth, Bhakti Watts, the SPLAB Board and key volunteers, and all sponsoring organizations and venues.


About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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