Give Big

The annual Give Big fundraiser for Seattle area non-profit organizations has developed into a significant source of funds for SPLAB, an organization that has created an incredible amount of work in the 24+ years it has been in existence:

  • 450 hours of radio interview programming and podcast interviews after the end of the syndicated radio program;
  • Perhaps a thousand poetry events, including the Cascadia Poetry Festival in Seattle in 2012, 2014 and 2016, in Nanaimo, BC in 2015 (in partnership with WordStorm), in Tacoma in October 2017 (in partnership with the Tacoma Poetry Festival and in Cumberland, BC, in September 2017, in partnership with the Cascadia Poetry LAB;
  • Facilitated Visits to King County by Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Andrew Schelling, Brenda Hillman, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Jerome Rothenberg, Diane di Prima, Joanne Kyger, George Bowering, George Stanley, Daphne Marlatt, Barry McKinnon, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Adrian Castro, Ed Sanders, Ethelbert Miller and other legendary poets;
  • Workshops, Teen Slams, Critique Circles…

In 2018 we are staging the first Becoming Cascadian retreat and helping to organize the Deep in Cascadia retreat in Cumberland, BC, and we are working on securing funding to sustain the Cascadia Poetry Festival somewhere in King County, resuming in 2019 or 2020.

Other projects:

Innovative Cascadia Poetry (MOOC)
The 12th August Poetry Postcard Fest
Ongoing interviews:
Our first anthology: Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (with Leaf Press)
Our second anthology:

We will launch our third anthology, a bilingual book, in Spring 2019.

Thanks for considering a donation to SPLAB on May 9, 2018, for Give Big 2018.

#GiveBIG 2018

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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