Memorial For Marion Kimes

Remembering Marion Kimes, poet

Marion Kimes

Marion Kimes

(March 28, 1930 — March 31, 2014)


July 27, 2014

Procession: 1:00pm
Led by Martha Linehan
A walk from Coastal Kitchen (429 15th Ave. E., Seattle 98112) to Spring Street Center. We will converge in front of C. Kitchen & proceed along 15th Avenue, stopping along the way at Marion’s various haunts/places she lived, petting cats, picking up trash, etc.


Marion Kimes Memorial

Marion Kimes Memorial

Memorial Celebration: 2-5pm
Spring Street Center, 1101 15th Ave., Seattle 98122
A gathering to celebrate Marion with readings, food & music.
Memorial program will be followed by an open mike.
David & Marian Whited will be organizing food, so please
bring hor d’oeuvres/finger food to them at the Spring Street Center,
prior to procession (no earlier than noon) or afterward.
Warning: Parking anywhere on Capitol Hill in Seattle is difficult to find.

Contact info: Scott or Phoebe:,

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Pre-order a limited edition of a “fat selected” of the life work of Sam Hamill from Lost Horse Press:


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Cascadia 2, Huge Success (Take Survey)

Danika Dinsmore and Nadine Maestas (foto by Linda Crosfield)

Danika Dinsmore and Nadine Maestas (foto by Linda Crosfield)

The second Cascadia Poetry Festival was a huge success, both in terms of the content, the depth of the dialog and the finances.

Blog posts are rolling in from Joanne Arnott:

Kim Goldberg:

and Linda Crosfield, who has a remarkable Facebook photo album:

I posted here: and more reports and photos are forthcoming.

And if you attended, please consider filling out the online survey here.

The main festival page will be the same for Cascadia III in Nanaimo, April 30-May 3, 2015 and more details are coming soon about the particulars of that festival, so stayed tuned to your friendly neighborhood E-Fishwrapper.

Also, news on the upcoming anthology, 100 Innovative Cascadia Poets, to be published by Leaf Press and the free MOOC on Innovative Cascadia Poetry is also forthcoming.

Thanks for supporting our bioregional cultural investigation.

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Cascadia Poetry Fest Starts Thursday

Cascadia Poetry Festival logo


The largest single event SPLAB has ever done starts Thursday, May 1, at 7:30PM at Spring Street Center. The 2nd Cascadia Poetry Festival happens there and at Seattle U. There will be 6 poetry readings, 3 Living Room (free, democratic, open) reading sessions, five morning panels, one workshop and one talk given by an expert on Cascadia and bioregionalism.

There are many Facebook event pages for specific events and panelists are blogging about their participation

Poets are blogging about their Poets Cruise from Victoria:

& about the Beer Slam

and there’s at least one review of a reading staged by a co-curator of the Saturday night all women poets reading:

The whole schedule is on the main page of the festival website.

For the 1st Casacdia Poetry Festival, we were hoping for 30 Gold Passes sold in advance. For 2014, our goal was 300 and we have surpassed that. Capacity in the Pigott Auditorium is 411 and in the Spring Street Center Reception Hall, it’s about 90. Get to the venues early for a good seat.

The festival organizing committee has been amazing and many people are stepping up, including graphics whiz Philip Brautigam and my wife, Meredith, who LOVES planning. Sharon Cumberland at Seattle U was the one who made it possible for us to be at the university and huge thanks is due her and to Michelle Pelletier, who is an extraordinary facilities and events manager. I am grateful to all these people, to participating poets and speakers, to the Small Presses participating in the Small Press Fair, to our sponsors, to Poets & Writers, 4Culture and Humanities Washington  for the grants, to the IndieGoGo campaign contributors and to all those who have already purchased Gold Passes to the Fest.

This cultural investigation is an effort designed to know better the place in which we live and learn how to be better stewards of the bioregion, but also to understand our place in the world, that is how Cascadia can demonstrate how life in this technological era can be just and sustainable. If the poets don’t have any ideas, we’re in trouble, but I suspect we’ll get an earful next weekend. Online registration ends Thursday, but Gold Passes will be available at the registration table. I hope to see you there.

Paul Nelson
SPLAB Founding Director

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