SPLAB@25 Video

Thanks to Greg Bem and Buffy Sedlachek, there is video of the SPLAB 25th anniversary party at the White River Valley Museum in Auburn, on December 14, 2018, the exact 25th anniversary of the founding of the organization now known as SPLAB. The video is a little rocky at first, but clears up.

The keynote by Jason Wirth, Zen Priest and Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University has been published here. An excerpt:

Reclaiming the Space of Thought and the Poetic Word

(Jason Wirth, Seattle University)

Paul Nelson is a master interviewer and this fact also belongs to his poetic life and legacy. His interviews are not about poetry and prophecy, but rather they are of poetry and prophecy. (READ MORE).

Thanks also to Greg Bem for the photos, to Hilary Pittenger of the Museum, Barbara McMichael of SoCo Culture, former Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis, Professor Jason Wirth for his wonderful keynote talk, to Matt Trease for his expert emceeing and to all the attendees and SPLAB supporters. Here’s to 25 more!

Barbara McMichael reads from A Time Before Slaughter

Matthew Trease and Paul Nelson

Paul E Nelson and Jim O’Halloran perform “Elegy for Tahlequah’s Calf.” Photo by Greg Bem

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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