Give Big May 8, 2019

On May 9-12, 2019, SPLAB honors the life and legacy of Sam Hamill at our Cascadia Poetry Festival. One of Sam’s best moments was at the Fest we helped coordinate in Nanaimo, BC, when Sam was dragging around an oxygen tank so he could breathe. And yet what a performance he gave!

We have produced versions of the Cascadia Poetry Festival in Seattle (2012, 2014, 2016), in Tacoma in 2017, helped others create versions of this festival in Nanaimo (2015) and Cumberland, BC, (2017) and have staged retreats, hundreds of poetry events, produced hundreds of interviews of poets, whole-systems activists and indigenous people culminating in the book American Prophets which was launched in December 2018 at SPLAB’s 25th Anniversary.

The August Poetry Postcard Fest has happened for 12 years, giving participants a self-guided crash course in spontaneous composition and sense of community and will kick off year 13 on July 4.

We have created two poetry anthologies Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia and 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards. Two more anthologies are being launched at CPF-Anacortes, 2019, Make it True meets Medusario and the Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill.

Give Big is here again, running May 8, 2019, and we’re delighted to be part of this, humbled by past support and hoping you’ll consider supporting this small literary arts organization that has done so much with so little for over 25 years. Thanks for considering. No gift is too small.

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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