North Cascades Institute Beat Weekend

The Beat Goes On:Lookout Poets and Backcountry Tales on Ross Lake

Gerry Cook; Saul Weisberg; Hannah Sullivan
August 26 – 29, 2010 (Thur eve – Sun) 1C / 21 clock hours
Learning Center/Ross Lake $255
Cost includes one night shared lodging and four meals at Learning Center, trailhead shuttle, backcountry campsite and boat transportation on Ross Lake

Venture up Ross Lake and immerse yourself in the literary history of the North Cascades while taking in the beauty of the region during its peak summer glory. Traveling by boat with three great storyteller-naturalists with decades of backcountry experience between them, we’ll read poetry and lookout journals, go swimming and hiking, practice yoga and meditation and tour the lake’s hidden canyons. The highlight of our adventure will be hiking to the top of Desolation Peak where Jack Kerouac, the reluctant “King of the Beats,” lived the life of a mercurial fire lookout–an experience he famously documented in his novels The Dharma Bums and Desolation Angels.

About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
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