SPLAB Mission & Vision

SPLAB was founded in Auburn, Washington, December 14, 1993. (For pre-Feb 16, 2020 mission, see this statement.)




The Seattle Poetics LAB (SPLAB) works to reestablish poetry as a method for knowing self & place by engaging poets, writers and artists bioregionally in Cascadia to build community through shared experience of the spoken & written word.

SPLAB supports:

    • Poetry as a noetic practice allied with outsider traditions.
    • A poetry of witness, deeply rooted to place.
    • Organic form in all of its manifestations, open, discerning and aware of/responsible to the interconnectivity of life.
    • A visionary poetics that embodies our place on the edge of a continent.

SPLAB envisions 10,000 people each year participating in POPO and using those revenues to maintain operations, including administration, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and other in-person events in Seattle and the Cascadia bioregion and our ongoing interviews.


  • Peer support for writers and artists.
  • Teaching “first-take-best-take” approach to developing writing skills.
  • Providing programs and content for educators to improve literacy.

IRS EIN: 91-1618296
DUNS: 83-131-9103
UBI: 601-510-184

How are two of SPLAB’s key programs (the August POetry POstcard Fest and the Cascadia Poetry Fest related?) See Tetsuezn Jason Wirth elaborate on a SPLAB Zoom call:

In 2012 SPLAB began a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia. See SPLAB Founder Paul E Nelson’s presentation on that project delivered at the Cascadian Zen symposium at Seattle U, February 14, 2020.

3 Responses to SPLAB Mission & Vision

  1. Rodney Herold says:

    I’d like to be involved. My main creative talents at present lie in the area of video production. In the ’70’s I was one of the founders of South End Seattle Community Organization (SESCO)and in the late ’80’s I was part of Cascadia Community Builders, a general contracting cooperative.

  2. Logan Chrysler says:

    This is great! I’ve never seen a site quite like this… And I hope to help out a lot in the future, This is a great site for the spoken word to flourish, expand, and hopefully, make history.

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