CPF5 Tacoma (Oct 12-15, 2017)

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4 Days to Cascadia Poetry Festival

cpf_poster16printThe fourth Cascadia Poetry Festival begins Thursday and we invite you to be part of the conversation. This post serves as a primer for some of the key opportunities.

Gold Passes for entry into all events (except workshops and the Slam) are $35 and available at Brown Paper Tickets. Admission for single events is $10 and available at the door. Purchasing a Gold Pass allows us to bring poets from all over Cascadia to the festival, house them, feed them and pay them a modest stipend to help us celebrate this remarkable place.

The fest has four major components: Academic, Democratic, Performative and Late Night/Party.

The Academic portion features panels and workshops. Two workshops happen Friday morning: Poetic habitat now, featuring legendary Vancouver poet Daphne Marlatt and Handmade Artist Books (The Basics) featuring Portland poet Marilyn Stablein, who was active in the literary arts community in Seattle for many years. There are also two panels: Water and the Legacy of Denise Levertov. The Levertov panel features Sam Hamill, Daphne Marlatt, Brenda Hillman and Tim McNulty. The panels start at 9 and 10:30 Saturday respectively.

The Democratic portion of the fest is Living Room, a chance for poets of all ages and levels of accomplishment to read their own work in a circle format. It will happen from 3-5pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Performative aspects of the fest are represented by Main Stage readings Thursday through Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 4 at Open Books and via the Cascadia Regional Poetry Slam, happening Saturday the 5th at 7pm at Black & Tan, 5608 Rainier Av. S.

common-area-maintenanceThe Late Night event is the After Party, Friday and Saturday, from 10p to 12M at Common Area Maintenance, 2125 Second Avenue in Seattle. Poets from the Academic, Experimental, Lyric, Slam and other traditions/styles will read one poem each in a fast-paced and lively atmosphere. Beer is provided by Naked City.

A Small Press Fair happens Saturday, from 12N-5pm in the Reception Hall of the Spring Street Center. Among the confirmed participants are Talon Books (Vancouver), PageBoy Magazine, Entré Rios Press, Louis Collins Books, Cascadia College and others.

We’re grateful to 4Culture, Cascadia College, Poets and Writers, Cascadia Now, the Tacoma Poetry Festival and all the sponsors and supporters of the festival.

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Marlatt and Stablein Workshops

There are two remarkable workshops being offered at the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival in Seattle, November 3-6. Both are on Friday morning, November 4. Space is limited for both workshops.

Daphne Marlatt, the remarkable Vancouver poet associated with the TISH group of the early 60s and noted feminist, will facilitate: Poetic habitat now

Daphne Marlatt

Daphne Marlatt

What might a biocentric poem look and sound like? What would happen to a writer’s subjectivity in such writing? How might what Denise Levertov calls “the poetry of linguistic impulse” enact the habitat of both poem and earth/world?  Bring a poem (in any form) you might have written in response to these open-ended questions.  We will explore what such questions and their concerns bring up in the process of writing. (More details here.)

Class is limited to 15 participants and up to two scholarships. It will be conducted 9a-12N on Friday, November 4. Admission is $80 and you can register at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2556264 Workshop admission does not include a Gold Pass to the festival.

Listen to an interview Paul Nelson did with Marlatt here.

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Handmade Artist Books-Learn the Explosion Book & variations. No experience necessary.

Friday Morning, November 4, 2016, 9a-12n. Limit: eight participants. Registration fee: $45. Register here. Facilitator Marilyn Stablein.

Marilyn Stablein at her Small Press Fair booth for Book Art Editions at the festival in Nanaimo, British Columbia. May 2015

Marilyn Stablein at her Small Press Fair booth for Book Art Editions at the festival in Nanaimo, British Columbia. May 2015

This workshop will be useful to writers, artists and anyone interested in discovering alternative ways to display work either in unique one-of-a-kind presentations or to consider ways to self publish small editions of their writing, art or a combination of both.  The workshop will begin with a presentation of three basic book structures that anyone can make.  We will then make the books and discuss optional ways to illustrate or insert personal memorabilia and/or written work.  Writing examples could be a poem, a favorite quotation, or an excerpt from a travel or nature journal.  Another option is to leave the books blank for future projects or to give as gifts.   

More info here: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/handmade-artist-books/

Listen to an interview with Marilyn Stablein here.

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