SPLAB Becomes the Cascadia Poetics LAB

SPLAB becomes the Cascadia Poetics Lab

Seattle, WA, September 1, 2021—The Seattle Poetics LAB (SPLAB), a 501(c)(3) literary arts-oriented nonprofit organization founded in 1993, has changed its name to the Cascadia Poetics Lab, effective today.

Founding Director Paul E Nelson said, “the new name reflects better our mission, the clarity provided by the current board and our recent and extensive organizational development work.”

The new mission is:

Empowering people to practice poetry & deepen connections to place, self & the present moment.

Over the past 28 years SPLAB has been instrumental in leading a bioregional cultural investigation using poetics, poetry festivals (such as the Cascadia Poetry Festival, and the Poetry Postcard Festival) along with publications and education.

In addition to the new website


the organization is launching a podcast which will lean on the 700+ hours of original interviews conducted since 1993, when the organization was founded in Auburn, Washington, on December 14, 1993.

Founding Director Paul E Nelson is available for interviews and can be contacted at (206) 422.5002 or Splabman@icloud.com

Cascadia Poetics Lab, 9030 Seward Park Av S, Unit 213,

Seattle, WA 98118, USA

We have put a great deal of thought into this and we will be announcing aspects of this evolution over the next few weeks, including a podcast, a new anthology, a writer’s retreat space and other projects designed to allow people interested in the confluence of poetics, place and the present moment.

& be sure to check out the first of our Fall online workshops, Poetics as Cosmology 2021.

Paul Nelson’s Poetics as Cosmology course was resonant and revelatory. — Laura King, Helena, MT

Paul Nelson’s organic poetry workshops are less a class than a journey, leading the participant not only to an ingeniously natural method of writing, but to the living energy of the poem itself. — Rob Lewis, Bow, WA

Thanks so much for an engaging workshop – what fun! The best thing about it, to my mind, is your affirmative and humor-graced approach to all. You have a genius for getting people connected and encouraging their work… — Margaret Lee, Tulsa, OK

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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