Paul Nelson

Father/Poet/Teacher Paul Nelson, is a Chicago native, founder of SPLAB (SPokenword LAB), author of a book of essays on poetics, Organic Poetry (Oct. ‘08, VDM Verlag, Germany) & of a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Oct. ’09, Apprentice House) (Auburn was originally called Slaughter). For 26 years he worked in radio, interviewing Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Wanda Coleman, Eileen Myles, Jerome Rothenberg, George Bowering & others. He earned his M.A. from Lesley University in Organic Poetry, a study of North American poets writing (to different degrees) spontaneously, writes one American Sentence every day, lives in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood with his wife Meredith and was shortlisted for the Stranger Genius Award for Literature in 2010. All the long poems published on the Rattapallax site are part of the manuscript Kozer Variations. Click below to see Paul’s poems on the Rattapallax blog and to hear the interview conducted October 25, 2010 by Greg Bem, click here. http://rattapallax.org/blog/tag/paul-nelson/

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