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:


About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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5 Responses to Cascadia Poetry Festival-Anacortes 2019: A Tribute to Sam Hamill

  1. Peter Ludwin says:

    Hello Paul,

    I am interested in being a reader/workshop leader at Cascadia in Anacortes, particularly given that an old friend is reading there. William O’Daly and I have co-featured at readings in Sacramento and Davis, California, and appeared in radio interviews in Los Angeles. Additionally, my last book, Gone to Gold Mountain, which is very much centered on a social justice theme involving 19th century Chinese immigrant labor, was nominated for both a Washington State Book Award and an American Book Award. During the past year I’ve given two very successful persona poem workshops in Kirkland and Tacoma, and would be willing to do the same at Cascadia in addition to a reading.

    If you need more information from me, please let me know.

    Peter Ludwin

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  4. Carole Slesnick says:

    I see we haven’t missed it and will try to attend. Definitely.

  5. Paul, is there a book fair associated with this event? If so, we would like to be part of it.

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