SPLAB’s 25th Anniversary Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

SPLAB TO CELEBRATE 25th ANNIVERSARY DECEMBER 14 IN AUBURN WASHINGTON

  Public Reading & Book Release to take place at White River Valley Museum

Seattle, WA, October 23, 2018—Seattle Poetics LAB (SPLAB), a literary arts-oriented non-profit organization; and organizing entity of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, is celebrating 25 years since its founding in 1993 in Auburn, Washington. On December 14 2018, a celebration, including the release of the book American Prophets, a collection of interviews with legendary poets, indigenous people and other visionaries, will take place at White River Valley Museum in Auburn.

In addition to the book release, the evening will include talks by special guests and poetry. Recently, SPLAB founder and former Auburn resident Paul E. Nelson donated the SPLAB audio archive of historic radio programming to White River Valley Museum. The extensive archive dates from 1990 to 2005 and includes more that 350 radio programs and 1,000 unique interviews, some of which have been transcribed for the new book, American Prophets. Proceeds of book sales support the work of SPLAB. Pre-sales of copies are now available via the American Prophets Go Fund Me campaign. https://www.gofundme.com/american-prophets-interviews or via splabman@gmail.com

The book features Interviews with thinkers, activists, poets and visionaries conducted by Nelson. It features: Thinkers/Activists Gloria DeGaetano, Rupert Sheldrake, Jean Houston, and Larry Dossey; Poets Jerome Rothenberg, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, and Nathaniel Mackey; Technicians of the Sacred Phyllis Curott, Bhagavan Das, E. Richard Atleo, and Beaver Chief. 

The 25th anniversary celebration and book release will take place at White River Valley Museum, 918 H Street SE Auburn WA, from 7:30-9pm on December 14, 2018. 

Over the past 25 years SPLAB has been instrumental in leading bioregional cultural investigation using poetics, poetry festivals, publications and education as main methodologies and to build community through shared experience of the spoken and written word. Through the Cascadia Poetry Festival, the organization facilitates an annual gathering of writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself.

SPLAB, a Seattle-based non-profit organization, was founded in Auburn, Washington on December 14, 1993. www.splab.org

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

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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3 Responses to SPLAB’s 25th Anniversary Press Release

  1. Marilyn Stablein says:

    Congrats on American Prophets and the new White River Valley Museum home for the audio archive! Important and good archival work.
    Marilyn Stablein

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  3. stanleydelgozo sabre says:

    Alo-HA Paul et al…my copy of “American Prophets is already being well read…just now I was in my primary care docs office, reading Larry Dossey, MD when Doctor Murphy entered the room….asked him if he had heard of Larry Dossey…”No” was the reply “What about him?” soooooooooo I just read the paragraph where I happened to be…:-) bottom of page 66 AND he had never heard of Asklepius either….I/we spent the next 15 minutes sharing stories and ideas….I have ALWAYS known about “dream healing” & now Michael Murphy, DO does also…..Paul, this book continues to amaze me with every turn of the page…thanks for writing, publishing & sharing your “inner-views” with us…StanleydelGozo

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