Cascadia Poetry Festival-Anacortes 2019: A Tribute to Sam Hamill

The Cascadia Poetry Festival returns May 9-12, 2019, in Anacortes, Washington! All events except workshops will happen at the Croatian Cultural Center, 801 5th Street in Anacortes. In addition to a tribute to Sam Hamill, there will be the launch of two anthologies, one a festschrift for Sam and one, a bilingual poetry anthology in Spanish and English, Make It True meets Medusario. Among the confirmed poets scheduled poets are José Kozer (winner of the 2013 Neruda Award from the Chilean government), Shin Yu Pai, Washington Poet Laureate Claudia Castro LunaStephen CollisWilliam O’Daly, Tim McNulty, Stephen Kuusisto and others to be announced. Gold passes, admission to all events except master workshops, will be $25 and are on sale now:

 

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NW Micropress Fair (AWP Off-Site)

SPLAB is delighted to be off-site for AWP at a Northwest Micropress Fair at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR, Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10am–6pm. From Entre Rios Books, the organizer:

Meet the many of the smallest, newest, and best literary presses, magazines, and producers in the Northwest. This one-day AWP-offsite event showcases the many presses that don’t have the staff or means to be at the longer AWP three-day book fair.

The Cleaners is conveniently located a block from Powell’s Books, Inc., in the Ace Hotel Portland. You could have the most EPIC day of book buying: AWP, which will be open to the public on Saturday, Powell’s, our press fair, and the NoFair/Fair event as well. https://nofairfair.com. BUY BOOKS!

Presses and producers include: Entre Ríos Books, Scablands Books, Chin Music Press, Page Boy Magazine, Sage Hill Press, SPLAB, Short Run Seattle, Blue Cactus Press, Frontera Magazine, Margin Shift Reading Series, Cadence Video Poetry Festival / Northwest Film Forum, Till Writers, Ravenna Press, StringTown Press, Papeachu Press, Rhododo Press, Coast | No Coast, Winter Texts, Crab Creek Review, Poetic Games, Not a Pipe Publishing, Cascadia Rising Review, The Conium Review, Arq Press, Overcup Press, and Floating Bridge Press.

And after:

 

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CPF-Anacortes Workshops

The early bird gets the worm and the first 45 to register for a Cascadia Poetry Festival Gold Pass gets a free workshop the Sunday morning of the fest. Two SPLAB volunteers have teamed up for an original Cascadia experience and other workshops are being facilitated by Steve Kuusisto and Tim McNulty with Bob Rose. The whole festival schedule is available by clicking on this image:

Sunday – 9am – 12N workshops:

Workshop 1, 9am Sunday: Stephen Kuusisto, author of Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poets Journey will guide poets and prose writers on the techniques that help us write with clarity and honesty about animals. The aim is to avoid anthropomorphism and instead find ways to write with the real animal in mind. Cost $50. Limit 20 participants.

Workshop 2, 9-12N Sunday: Writing in the Woods. Tim McNulty and Bob Rose. Cost FREE to Gold Pass holders who are registered in advance. Limit 15 participants.

Workshop 3, 9-12N Sunday: Becoming Cascadian: Imagination of the Senses. Nadine Maestas and Jared Leising host a workshop on the Washington State Ferry. This two-hour generative workshop will engage your imagination through a sensory experience of Cascadia while riding the ferry to Friday Harbor and back. Participants will meet at the Anacortes terminal and purchase a ferry ticket. The workshop is open to the first 30 Gold Pass Members who register at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Registration for Cascadia Poetry Festival 2019 Now Open

SPLAB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CASCADIA POETRY FESTIVAL REGISTRATION OPEN
May 9-12, 2019, Anacortes, A Tribute to Sam Hamill

Seattle, WA, March 13, 2019—The Seattle Poetics LAB (SPLAB), a literary arts-oriented non-profit organization, has opened registration for the Cascadia Poetry Festival-Anacortes, 2019. The event celebrates poet/editor/translator and founder of Copper Canyon Press, Sam Hamill, who lived in Anacortes the last eight years of his life.

All events, except for Sunday morning workshops, will happen at the Croatian Cultural Center, 801 5th Street in Anacortes. Gold Passes are $25, are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets and admit the holder to all events except Steve Kuusisto’s master workshop. The first 45 Gold Pass holders can also register for one of two free workshops.

The fest will see the launch of two anthologies. One is a tribute to Sam Hamill (Samthology) featuring poetry by friends of the late poet, an interview and essays about his work and legacy. A bilingual anthology (Spanish and English) Make It True meets Medusario, will also be launched. This book, to be published by Pleasure Boat Studios, comes out of two previous anthologies and features poets from the Cascadia bioregion mingling with Spanish language poets of the neobarroco tradition, including Raúl Zúrita. Co-Editor José Kozer will be among the presenting poets, along with Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, Copper Canyon Press co-founder William O’Daly, Shin Yu Pai, Stephen Collis, Susan Griffin, Tim McNulty, Stephen Kuusisto, Rebecca Seiferle, Thomas Walton, Nadine Maestas, Elizabeth Cooperman, Jared Leising, EJ Koh, Ian Boyden, Lyn Coffin, Kent Johnson and others to be announced. There will be a shakuhachi flute performance by longtime Hamill collaborator Christopher Yohmei Blasdel.

Main stage and late night readings, an open reading called Living Room, workshops and panels on Translation as a Political Act and Cascadian Zen, will be part of the programming. Details at www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org. Sponsors include ArtsWA, Humanities Washington, The Anacortes Lodging Tax Fund, Copper Canyon Press, Middlepoint Press, Poets & Writers, The Fidalgo Culture Foundation, Kim Miller, Marius Hibbard and How It Works.

The festival schedule is at: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/cpf-anacortes-2019/

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

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For more information, contact Paul Nelson at 206-422-5002 or splabman (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Gold Passes for Cascadia Poetry Festival Anacortes 2019

Gold Passes for Cascadia Poetry Festival Anacortes 2019 are now available through Brown Paper Tickets. See: https://cpfanacortes.brownpapertickets.com/

See the 2019 schedule here: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/cpf-anacortes-2019/

In addition to a tribute to Sam Hamill, in the town where he lived the last 8 years of his life, there will be the launch of two anthologies, (one of them bilingual) panels on Cascadian Zen and Translation as a Political Act, workshops at no additional charge for the first 45 Gold Pass purchasers and an open reading Friday and Saturday called Living Room.

This may be the last festival for a while, pending funding. Please consider purchasing now and sharing this post with your network and join us in celebrating the life of one of the most remarkable poets to ever call Cascadia home. Thank you to our sponsors, including ArtsWA, Humanities Washington, The City of Anacortes, Copper Canyon Press, Kim Miller, Marius Hibbard, the Fidalgo Culture Foundation and How it Works.

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