Mary Lou Sanelli Benefit for Columbia City Cinema

Seattle, WA – Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Columbia City Cinema hosts Seattle-based writer and performer Mary Lou Sanelli for an evening of storytelling and laughter. The Immigrant’s Table is Mary Lou Sanelli’s response to growing up first-generation American in an East Coast Italian household. She tells her story of the immigrant experience through poetry and family recipes, and in the process reclaims a heritage she once tried to escape. She brings her performance to Columbia City Cinema as a benefit event to help the community theater in a time of need.

Tickets: Suggested donation is $10, and directly supports Columbia City Cinema. Reservations and donations can be made through Brown Paper Tickets online, or by RSVPing to Paul Doyle at

The cinema hosts the weekly SPLAB Living Room, so it would be great if SPLAB fans could attend and help the cause of this important Columbia City institution.

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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