Cascadia Poetry Festival 2020 Registration Open

The 7th Cascadia Poetry Festival is happening May 1-3, 2020 at the Multiverse on San Juan Island. Registration is $50 for all events and available at Brown Paper Tickets. See: https://cpf-sji-2020.bpt.me/ This iteration of the fest will be more like a festival/hybrid retreat and participation will be limited to less than half of previous CPF events so that we can go deeper into these topics.

The main page for the 2020 fest is: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/cpf-sji-2020/ 85 year old Beat Nun Mary Norbert Körte from Willets, CA (extreme Southern Cascadia) is part of The Practice of Cascadia/The Practice of a Life panel and Miriam Nichols, Sharon Thesen and Daphne Marlatt are part of the panel looking at the life and legacy of Robin Blaser.

There will be many breakout sessions connected to both topics and one dedicated to the Island Marble Butterfly by Bill Yake:

The Island Marble Butterfly – A Cascadian Endemic and Inspiration (handouts)

Believed to be extinct until rediscovered at American Camp on San Juan Island in 1998, the Island Marble Butterfly is a true endemic – limited (as far as is known) to San Juan and Lopez Islands. One of the last colonies persists on National Park Service (NPS) land just a couple of miles from the Multiverse – site of the 2020 Cascadia Poetry Festival. Like us, its future is precarious. In this breakout session we plan to visit American Camp where NPS staff will show us how they are working to grow this the Island Marble colony by hand-raising butterflies from eggs, preserving their food plants, and improving their considerably abused habitat. It is not an easy task. We should also have some time to consider the role of butterflies and moths (ephemeral, evasive, and often pale) as they have inspired a range of poems and poets — including examples from Vladimir Nabokov, Robin Blaser, Jim Morrison, and several poets native to Cascadia. Participants should bring a notebook (Rite-in-the-Rain might be best given weather uncertainty), a pen/pencil, outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes. Binoculars and a camera might also be helpful. Facilitated by Bill Yake

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SPLAB PRESENTS CASCADIA POETRY FESTIVAL May 1-3, 2020 on SAN JUAN ISLAND

Tribute to Robin Blaser, The Practice of Cascadia/The Practice of a Life (doc)

Seattle, WA, November 13, 2019—Seattle Poetics LAB (SPLAB), a literary arts-oriented nonprofit organization and the organizing entity of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, is presenting the seventh Cascadia Poetry Festival at the Multiverse on San Juan Island May 1-3, 2020. The Multiverse, a gallery and island cultural center, will provide an intimate setting for festival attendees to deep-dive into the intersection of poetics and bioregionalism.

This seventh festival will have a dual focus. First, it is a tribute to Robin Blaser (1925–2009), an important participant in the Berkeley Renaissance of the 1950s, San Francisco poetry circles of the 1960s, and Vancouver circles between 1966 and his death in 2009. A contemporary of poets Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, and Charles Olson, Blaser contributed to the formation of the serial poem as a dominant mode in postwar New American poetry. Second, the festival is a unique opportunity to delve into the Practice of Cascadia and The Practice of a Life.

Among the poets and scholars scheduled to appear at the festival are former Catholic nun Mary Norbert Körte of Willets, California, Blaser biographer Miriam Nichols of Vancouver, BC, Daphne Marlatt of Vancouver, BC, Sharon Thesen of Kelowna, BC, Bill Yake of Olympia, Washington, Barry McKinnon of Prince George, BC, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma of Vashon, Washington, and hosts Jennifer, Gavia and Ian Boyden of the Multiverse.

In addition to poetry readings, there will be two panels and breakout sessions related to Blaser, the practice of Cascadia and the bioregion itself. All-access Gold Passes are $50 and registration is open at Brown Paper Tickets: https://cpf-sji-2020.bpt.me/

SPLAB uses poetics, poetry festivals, publications and education to investigate bioregional culture, building community through shared experience of the spoken and written word. Through the Cascadia Poetry Festival, SPLAB gathers writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself.

SPLAB, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization, was founded in Auburn, Washington on December 14, 1993. www.splab.org and www.cascadiapoetryfestival.org

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For more information, contact Paul Nelson at 206-422-5002 or splabman@icloud.com
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Poets in Ireland

Join Irish poets Sean Lysaght and Nessa O’Mahony for six days of poetry and discovery in the West of Ireland. Limited to 12 poets, morning workshops will take place in the intimate setting of Holly Hill, a private seaside residence outside of Westport, in County Mayo. Your itinerary includes excursions to Ballycroy National Park and the Museum of Country Life, with plenty of free time to write, enjoy a meal in town, and take in the craic at one of Westport’s many pubs. A public poetry reading featuring the instructors and workshop participants rounds out your Ireland adventure!

Hosted by Seattle poets T. Clear and Mary Eliza Crane.

https://www.poetsatcarrowholly.com/

poetsatcarrowholly@gmail.com

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Rattle Magazine & The Joy of Postcards

Dig what Rattle Magazine has done/is doing for poetry postcards!!

Photograph by Chad Peltola (CC0)

Editor’s Note: Issue #68 of Rattle (Summer 2020) will feature a tribute to Postcard Poems. In the following essay, Paul Nelson describes his experience running the annual August Poetry Postcard Fest. It is our hope that more poets will participate this year and will save and submit their poems to our issue afterward, but participation in this festival is not required. If interested, though, the August Postcard Poetry Festival registration deadline is July 14th. For information on submitting to our postcard poems issue (deadline: January 15th), click here.

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Thank you Tim Green & Rattle Magazine!

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