Joe Chiveney

Joe Chiveney, President
since July 17, 2012, Board Member since June 15, 2011

Joe is a mental health professional, an athlete (running, hiking, biking) with a healthy lifestyle emotionally and spiritually. Since 1986, he has worked therapeutically with youth, families and individuals from many cultures and backgrounds in educational, community and home based settings.

Paul E Nelson
Founding Director, Treasurer

Paul E Nelson

Founder of SPLAB and the Cascadia Poetry Festival, Paul was a professional broadcaster from 1980 to 2006, and researched, hosted and produced over 450 original public affairs radio programs. On-air host, news anchor, and public affairs coordinator in Chicago, Seattle, Baltimore and other towns, he’s a poet who has given presentations or readings in Brussels, London, China, and other places while being very active since 1994 in the Puget Sound literary community. Four published books are: American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015),  A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, Nov. 2009), shortlisted for the Stranger Genius Award in 2010, Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies, published in English and Portuguese by Lumme Editions of Brazil in 2013 and Organic Poetry (VDM, Verlag, Germany, October 2008). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 as Tiovivo Tres Amigos.

Nadine Maestas

Nadine Antoinette Maestas, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity Officer. Board Member since November 1, 2012

Nadine Antoinette Maestas is a poet’s poet and believes that the empire of the sentence is an extremely oppressive totalitarian regime. She prefers the company of poems so much that she would rather read a bad poem than a good novel, but when she is not doing poetry, Nadine loves mountain biking in dangerous and remote places in the Northwest. She teaches at the University of Washington and North Seattle Community College. She has facilitated writing workshops at the University of Michigan, Youthspeaks and has helped to pioneer poetry workshops in several public schools in California and Michigan. Nadine holds an M.F.A. from University of Michigan where she was awarded the Faraar award for playwriting. Her hybrid poem play “Hellen on Wheels: a Play of Rhyme and Reason” was performed at California College of the Arts. She is the co-author with Karen Weiser of “Beneath the Bright Discus” (Potes & Poets Press, 2000), and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 2013 with a dissertation on postmodern American anthropoetics.

Peter Munro

Peter Munro, M.S.
Board Member since April 23, 2017

Peter Munro was born in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1957.   He was raised in  small fishing towns, going through his biggest changes in Sitka, Alaska.  This left him permanently afflicted with a love of fishing.  He lives in Kenmore, near Seattle, one of the world’s great fishing ports, with his wife and two sons.

By day, he conducts conduct research fishing in the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands. Data gathered is used to help estimate annual harvest levels of commercially important demersal fishes. When not at sea, Peter is chained to a computer, analyzing data and failing to write papers.

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