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Small Press Fair info here.  The Small Press Fair will be held at VIU, Building 355, adjacent to the Gustafson auditorium  where the panels and Main Stage readings will be 2015 VIULogoheld. Hours TBA. See the sponsor page for participating organizations and links to their websites.

 

The Cascadia Poetry Festival is an international event which seeks to bioregionally animate & culturally construct Cascadia by gathering writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself. Over four days the fest features Academic, Democratic and Performance components, late night readings, a Small Press Fair and several workshops. Some of the best poetry minds in the bioregion will gather, discuss this place and begin to better understand Cascadia and our role here. The festival was founded by SPLAB, a Seattle-based non-profit organization founded in 1993 and the first iteration happened in 2012. Cascadia III will happen in Nanaimo, BC, in 2015. For information, or to get notifications about the third Cascadia Poetry Festival, email: ascentaspirations@gmail.com

Cascadia Poetry Festival III, Nanaimo BC, April 30 to May 3, 2015

**** Meet our 2015 poets & peeps here.

Festival Schedule

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015

9:30 – 12:30pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room 103 (Workshop $60.00)           Host: Kim Clark

Writing Workshop #1: Paul Nelson and Nadine Maestas

Cascadia, Poets and Poetics. [details here]

 

12:45 – 1:40pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room TBA

Viewing of the Documentary: “The Line Has Shattered”

“The Line Has Shattered” (55 min.), is a new documentary exploring the 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference. The film is directed by Robert McTavish.

(Other Showing Times Friday at 12:45 – 1:40p, Saturday at 1:00-2:00p, Sunday at 1:45-2:35p)

Robert McTavish is a Canadian documentary film-maker whose works include Ghosts on the Land (2001), Fiddler’s Map (2003) and What To Make of It All?: The Life and Poetry of John Newlove (2006). He also edited A Long Continual Argument: The Selected Poems of John Newlove (Chaudiere Books, 2007, afterword by Jeff Derksen) which was hailed by the Globe and Mail as “a fitting monument to the poet’s consummate craftsmanship, and a cause for national celebration.”

 

3:00 – 5:00pm, Location: Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way                        Host: Mary Ann Moore

The Living Room: A free and open democratic reading where people read their own work and listen to others in a circle format.

 

7:30 – 10:00pm, Location: The Globe Bar and Grill, 25 Front Street                  Host: David Fraser

Vancouver Island Poets: Featured Readers: Susan Musgrave, Janet Marie Rogers, Marilyn Bowering, Steven Guppy

Mary Ann Moore, Naomi Beth Wakan, Kim Clark, Philip Gordon, Ursula Vaira, Yvonne Blomer, Leanne McIntosh, Chris Hancock Donaldson  Kim Goldberg, David Fraser, Ann Graham Walker, Christine Lowther, Missy Peters, plus more

 

FRIDAY MAY 1, 2015

9:00 – 11:00am, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room 203                                        Host: Paul Nelson

Cascadia Geography: Place and Spirit, David McCloskey, Professor Emeritus at Seattle University and Founder of the Cascadia Institute. The “Father of Cascadia” says: “Cascadia is a real place! A quick tour of the latest images and understandings of Cascadia’s geography and ecology making it a distinctive bioregion with its own character and context.”

 

11:10 – 12:40pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room 203                                       Host: Nadine Maestas

Panel 1 – 100 Innovative Cascadia Poets Anthology: The Making of the Book

What defines Cascadia’s innovative poetry? What has been innovative historically? In what directions is Cascadia’s poetry going in the future. Where poetic tradition and history merges with the future.

Panelists: Paul Nelson, Barry McKinnon, George Stanley, Ursula Vaira

 

1:00 – 1:55pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room TBA

Viewing of the Documentary: “The Line Has Shattered”

(Other Showing Times Remaining Saturday May 2 at 1:00-1:55 and Sunday May 3 at 1:45-2:35

 

1:00 – 4:00pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room 103  (Workshop $60)                Host Philip Gordon

Workshop #2: Anastacia Tolbert/ Missie Peters

Spoken Word/Poetry Workshop [details here]

 

3:00 – 5:00pm Location: Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way                         Host: Leanne McIntosh

The Living Room: A free and open democratic reading where people read their own work and listen to others in a circle format.

 

7:30 – 9:00pm, Location: Bldg. 355, Room 203                                                 Host: Paul Nelson

100 Innovative Cascadia Poets Anthology

Naomi Beth Wakan: Welcome to Nanaimo

Headliners: Barry McKinnon, George Stanley, Sharon Thesen, Peter Culley & more.

 

10:00pm – Onward, Location: The Globe Bar and Grill, 25 Front Street             Host: Graham Isaac

The Marmot Cascadia Spoken-Word Bout: Cascadia poets compete for the right to be crowned the Cascadia Marmot Champ: Lenée Reid, Missie Peters, Sebastien Wen, Sara Brickman, Robert Lashley, Dan Raphael, Nadine Maestas, Anastacia Tolbert.

 

SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015

9:30 – 11:00am, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room 203                                        Host: Kim Goldberg

Panel 2: Where Geography, Culture, and Language Instersect

Panelists: David McCloskey, Robert Bringhurst, Harold Rhenisch

 

11:10 – 12: 40pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room 203                                     Host: Ann Graham Walker

Panel 3: The Ground is Always Shifting

Aspects of Living Together in a Geographically, Culturally, Socially Diverse Bio-Region

Panelists: Amber Dawn, Anastacia Tolbert, Garry Gottfriedson

 

1:00-1:55pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room TBA

Viewing of the Documentary: “The Line Has Shattered”

(Other Showing Time Remaining Sunday May 3 at 1:15-2:10)

 

2:00 – 5:00pm, Location VIU Bldg. 355, Room TBA (Workshop cost $60)          Host: Mary Ann Moore

Workshop #3: Lennée Reid

Healing, Growth and Poetry [details here]

 

2:00 – 5:00pm, Location VIU Bldg. 355, Room 103 (Workshop cost $60)           Host: Ursula Vaira

Workshop #4: Brenda Hillman, Barry McKinnon, George Stanley

 

3:00 – 5:00pm, Location: Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way                        Host: David Fraser

The Living Room: A free and open democratic reading where people read their own work and listen to others in a circle format.

 

7:30 – 9:30pm, Location: Bldg. 355, Room 203                                                Host: Paul Nelson

Keynote Speaker: Sam Hamill

Cascadia Poets from Different Regions

Yvonne Blomer (Victoria), Brenda Hillman (Northern California), Amber Dawn (Vancouver), Christine Lowther (Tofino), Garry Gottfiriedson (Kamloops), Harold Rhenisch (Okanagan)

 

10:00pm – Onward, Location: The Globe Bar and Grill, 25 Front Street             Host: Graham Isaac

The After Party: 30 + poets from around Cascadia read one poem each with lot of time for socializing between the three sets.

 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

9:30 – 11:00am, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room 203                                        Host: Kim Goldberg

Panel 4: Rewilding Poetry (Eco-Poetry in Cascadia)

Panelists: Rita Wong, Christine Leclerc , Sharon Thesen

 

11:30: – 1:00pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room 203                                       Host Mary Ann Moore

Panel 5: On The Margins: who or what is ‘marginal’? Who or what is considered visible, and worthy of being historical?

Panelists: Nadine Maestas, Joanne Arnott, Janet Marie Rogers, Susan Musgrave, Renée Sarojini Saklikar

 

1:45 – 2:35pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room TBA

Viewing of the Documentary: The Line Has Shattered

 

3:00 – 5:00pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room 203             Host: Yvonne Blomer

Closing Readings

Poets: Rita Wong, Paul Nelson, Sam Hamill, Robert Bringhurst, Jay Ruzesky, Christine Leclerc, Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Brief Afterwords by Paul Nelson & David Fraser